MV Agusta targets a new motorcycling segment with the release of its new sport-touring platform. The Turismo Veloce 800 is positioned as the base model while the Turismo Veloce Lusso 800 is the more premium offering equipped with added electronic goodies including electronically-adjustable suspension, wheelie and cruise control, as well as a quickshifter.
Both motorcycles are powered by MV’s water-cooled 798cc Inline Triple—a longer stroke derivative of its exhilarating fuel-injected 675cc engine as used in the F3 Supersport platform. Engine power is shifted through a six-speed gearbox, augmented by a manual, cable-actuated clutch (without slipper/back torque functionality). A chain final drive puts power back through a single-sided swingarm to the beautifully sculpted 5.5-inch wide aluminum wheel.
The engine is mounted within MV’s signature frame which uses a specialized arrangement of steel tubes matched to aluminum side plates where the swingarm attaches. The motorcycle comes with a pair of hard cases that MV claims can accommodate nearly 16 gallons of cargo. Other standard touring features include a centerstand, heated hand grips, a GPS that can be manipulated through a five-inch color instrument display, as well as Bluetooth connectivity. However, there is no word if the bike is fitted with speakers for music or turn-by-turn voice directions. Fuel capacity is rated at 5.3 gallons.
MV has made big advances in the engine management department and the Turismo will make use of four engine power modes (with integrated traction control): Sport, Touring, Rain, and Custom. Each setting adjusts engine power, throttle response, and wheel spin settings to make the motorcycle easier to ride based on road conditions. Furthermore the rider can fine tune the engine’s various running parameters including power output, rev limiter, throttle response, engine braking, engine response, and traction control with the Custom setting. The functionality of the menu system has always been a sore point in MotoUSA's road tests, so it’ll be interesting to see if MV was able to improve it.
The standard model will make use of a manually-adjusted Marzocchi fork and Sachs shock while the Lusso package substitutes the components for a set of electronically-adjustable pieces from Sachs. Preload adjustments, however, will still be made manually, though the Lusso offers the convenience of an easy to access, knob-style remote adjuster.
Both models will share a set of monobloc-style Brembo calipers that clamp down on twin 320mm cross-drilled discs up front. A single twin-piston caliper and 220mm disc keeps rear wheel speed in check. The front and rear brake are operated independently through stainless-steel brake lines and a Bosch-sourced ABS system with anti-rear wheel lift. No word on pricing or when we can expect to see the Turismo on U.S. roads.