MV Agusta F3 800 First Ride Preview
Friday, November 15, 2013
Earlier this week I had the opportunity to log some seat time at the controls of MV Agusta’s F3 800. Contrarily to what you’d assume, the new 800 offers more than just a larger displacement engine. It gets a number of updates that the eye can’t see and the result is a platform that has drastically improved since we first rode it during the summer of ’12 (see the 2013 MV Agusta F3 First Ride
In fact the F3 800 is one of the more entertaining motorcycles I’ve ridden in quite sometime. Not only does it have one heck of a powerband marked by a wide and dead flat torque curve, the electronics have been significantly enhanced. Although the ride-by-wire throttle still has a unique feel and takes some getting use to, it is more accurately calibrated and offers a wide range of adjustment in terms of throttle response and how you want the power to ‘hit’. Even the traction control functions more accurately to road conditions and although it is far from perfect it is a step in the right direction.
Chassis-wise you’d be hard pressed to ride a non-Ohlins equipped production sportbike that offers as much road feel as this F3 800. It’s also exceptionally nimble, steers predictably, with laser-like accuracy. However with its extreme agility it does exhibit some nervousness over bumps. Even still, it’s been a while since I’ve ridden a stock street bike on a racing circuit that performed this well. Expect to read the First Ride report on Monday next week.
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