2014 MV AGUSTA RIVALE 800 FIRST RIDE

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MV Agusta 800 S America

Unrivaled!

They say: Beyond exclusive.

MV Agusta is not content to be a bit player in the motorcycle market. The past four years have seen the Italian manufacturer’s lineup expand from three to 11 models, and 2014 will see even more, with two new families. The Turismo Veloce sport-tourer is scheduled to be unveiled at the Milan Show next week, while the Rivale (drop the e for the English translation) supermoto that debuted there in prototype form in 2012 has now entered production.

Available colors include MV Agusta’s traditional red/silver, matte metallic gray and metallic black, the latter with a red-painted frame. Company president Giovani Castiglioni commissioned a special “urban commando” version for himself.

According to new company president Giovani Castiglioni—named, like parent company Cagiva, after his grandfather (CAstiglionio, GIovani di VArese)—MV Agusta has increased production and market share in a time when most of the motorcycle industry is down. In fact, MV has sold more units than Aprilia recently, making it the fourth-largest European manufacturer behind BMW, Ducati, Triumph, and KTM.

The Rivale was originally envisioned as an evolution of the F3 and Brutale 800, but RD revealed that more drastic measures were required. With the supermoto’s longer-travel suspension and more upright seating position, the rider had to be positioned farther forward to keep weight on the front end, necessitating a reshaped airbox. In fact, this is the first MV with a static rearward weight bias.

Of course there’s all-new bodywork, as well. And while there’s no denying the styling is derivative of the Ducati Hypermotard (it even has folding mirrors), it’s every inch an MV. The biggest departure is at the front end: Rather than the de rigueur supermoto/adventure bike beak, the Rivale is equipped with a low-mounted front fender which complements the pointy bikini fairing and shrouds.

The F3’s signature triple mufflers remain, but the exhaust collector is new and hidden behind a stainless steel belly pan. This—like the swingarm-mounted rear mud guard with its license plate bracket and turnsignals—looks a bit tacked on, but does hide (and protect) the unsightly oil filter and cooler plumbing.

To introduce the Rivale, MV invited the world’s motorcycling press to the south of France. Our first ride day was a wash, but it gave me a rare opportunity to test the bike in the wet. With the MVICS (Motor Vehicle Integrated Control System) set in Rain mode, the traction control automatically dials itself up to 8—the maximum setting.

And while I never truly felt the TC working, I never felt the rear tire spinning, either. What I did feel was the front Pirelli sliding on the wet pavement under braking. Clearly, the chassis has exceptional feedback. That’s an important point, because the Rivale is equipped with every electronic aid imaginable except anti-lock brakes.

Reportedly ABS will be available in the near future.

Designed by Adrian Morton, the Rivale was voted “Most Beautiful Motorcycle” when it debuted in prototype form at the 2012 Milan Show. The British designer formerly worked at Benelli, where he penned the exquisite Tornado Tre.

Designed by Adrian Morton, the Rivale was voted “Most Beautiful Motorcycle” when it debuted in prototype form at the 2012 Milan Show. The British designer formerly worked at Benelli, where he penned the exquisite Tornado Tre.

The MV folks re-booked our flights overnight, so we were able to test the bike the following day on damp-but-drying roads. Our 90-mile route took us high into the Maritime Alps above Nice, with turns ranging from first-gear switchbacks to fourth-gear sweepers. And the Rivale reveled in it!


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