2015 MV Agusta Stradale 800 First Look

December 10, 2014
Byron Wilson
Byron Wilson
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MV Agusta revealed its new Stradale 800 during the 2014 EICMA Show in Milan and now, in early December, the Italian brand has just wrapped its press launch for the machine. Branded as a fusion of sport and touring features, the Stradale 800 is a new model for 2015, joining the Turismo Veloce 800 in MV’s new-year line-up. The Stradale 800 is definitely the more aggressively styled of the two, with a near naked front end complimented by a smaller windscreen and sleeker removable panniers. Aesthetically, the Stradale 800 looks much like a touring edition Rivale.

All three bikes share the same Inline Triple, with four-valves per cylinder and a 79mm by 54.3mm bore and stroke. In terms of output, the Stradale 800 sits between the Turismo Veloce and Rivale, producing a claimed 115 horsepower at 11,000 rpm. Its torque figure is lowest of the three, coming up just short of the Veloce’s claimed 59 lb-ft with a 58 lb-ft at 9000 rpm figure listed in company press. The mill is a point of pride for MV, which is entirely designed and developed by the Varese-based brand. On the Stradale 800, a counter-rotating crankshaft reduces inertia for improved handling and engine width has been limited by integrating the hydraulic clutch and fluid reservoir into the engine’s design.

Performance is managed by way of four different engine maps: Sport, Normal, Rain and Custom, with power limited to 90 horses in Normal and Rain mode. Fuel delivery is monitored by an updated Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System, which also manages a full ride-by-wire Mikuni system with 47mm throttle bodies. There are four torque maps available, eight-level traction control and MV EAS 2.0 electronic shift assist.

The Stradale 800 makes use of an ALS tubular steel mid-section which has been seen on other MV models, but beyond that the frame is entirely new. It’s suspended by the same upside down Marzocchi forks and Progressive Sachs shock as seen on other models, both of which feature rebound and compression damping along with spring preload adjustability. The Brembo calipers front and rear, dual 320mm front discs and single 220mm rear disc are the same braking package as seen on the Turismo and Rivale as well, as is the Bosch 9 Plus with RLM (rear wheel lift-up management) ABS system.

The 17-inch aluminum allow front and rear wheels are shod in either Pirelli Diabolo Rosso II or Scorpion Trail rubber. Dry weight is listed at 399 pounds and fuel capacity is 4.23 gallons. Color options include Pearl White/Sand Metallic Grey, Red/Silver, or Bronze Metallic/Pearl White. Pricing is listed at $14,598. 

Our man Frank Melling is currently putting the Stradale 800 through its paces and will have a first ride review in the coming weeks.

2015 MV Agusta Stradale 800 Specs

Engine: Liquid-cooled 798cc Inline Tripe, 12 valves
Bore x Stroke: 79mm x 54.3mm
Clutch: Hydraulic, multi-disc
Transmission: Cassette style, 6-speed constant mesh
Frame: ALS Steel tubular trellis
Front Suspension: Upside-down Marzocchi hydraulic fork with rebound/compression damping and spring preload adjustment, 5.91 inches travel
Rear Suspension: Progressive Sachs, single shock with rebound/compression damping and spring preload adjustment, 5.91 inches travel
Front Brakes: Dual 320mm floating discs, radial-mount Brembo four-piston calipers
Rear Brakes: Single 220mm disc, two-piston Brembo caliper
Front Wheel: 3.50 x 17″ aluminum alloy
Rear Wheel: 5.50 x 17″ aluminum alloy
Front Tire: 120/70 – ZR17
Rear Tire: 180/55 – ZR17 
Wheelbase: 57.48 inches
Seat Height: 34.25 inches
Ground Clearance: 4.92 inches
Dry Weight: 399 pounds
Fuel Capacity: 4.23 gallons
MSRP: $14,598