First Photo of MV Agusta Dragster 800

01/15/2014 @ 11:10 pm, by Jensen Beeler11 COMMENTS


When the brand from Varese debuted the MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 at last year’s EICMA show, the folks at MV Agusta told us to expect two more machines in early 2014. One of those machines we have known about for sometime, the MV Agusta Dragster 800.

Taking a cue from the Ducati Diavel, the Dragster is supposed to be a more laid back version of the Brutale; however the only thing we have known for sure is the machine’s name, which showed up in trademark and patent filings. Today however we get our first glimpse at the new MV Agusta Dragster 800, though not too much is given away by the photo.

With production paint and graphics though, we can see that the MV Agusta Dragster 800 is near production-ready, and could break cover very shortly. As the name implies, an 800cc three-cylinder engine is at the Dragster’s corse, which should be good for 125+ horsepower.

We can also expect the Dragster 800 to have MV Agusta’s MVICS electronics package, complete with traction control. What will be interesting to see though is if MV Agusta equips the Dragster with the connectivity package seen on the Turismo Veloce, but our intuition says yes.

As for the other model to come from MV Agusta, no clues have been uncovered yet. Though if we consider the fact that MV Agusta’s strategy to bring out more models hinges drastically on building upon what it already has, an adventure model that shares the Turisimo’s platform seems like a good place to start the speculation.


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  • Phil

    That’s not the same picture that got me here.

  • What picture did you see??

  • Kirk R

    I wonder if the name “dragster” will impact insurance rates…

  • Richard Gozinya

    Perhaps their next one will be something along these lines.

  • John Mith

    Dragster? That sounds like a Harley Davidson not an MV. But then again with the declining quality of the bikes coming out of Italy I’m of the opinion that MV died in 2009. Chinese cast aluminum wheels on all MV’s since 2009. Frames made in Vietnam. What happened to the high quality Italian crafted bikes that MV used to make?

  • paulus

    I have worked on projects with some of the great motorcycle and automotive super car brands.
    Some quick answers why parts are globally sourced.

    1. The quality levels of many Asian production locations are equivalent or better than more expensive european operations
    2. The in-house or local factories simply can not viably produce the volumes required.
    3. Technical expertise and production methods are better in some cases.
    4. Cost.

    It is a reality that global sourcing happens and completely in-house built vehicles are a dying breed.
    Many ‘hand built’ vehicles are outsource parts and simply ‘hand assembled’…. to keep the mystique alive.
    Italian bikes have been sourced globally a lot longer than most think.

  • John Mith


    You make some valid points. Since Cagiva many MV’s come with Showa forks and other Japanese components (I own several). I’m perfectly ok with that as long as they are quality “brand name” components that are clearly labeled. MV is not doing this. They are hiding the fact that their bikes are made out of “unbranded” 3rd world produced parts from their buyers. It’s a fact of life to have “internationally” produced products. Using unknown quality Chinese produced parts on a bike and hiding it is a bit sleazy at the price point they are selling their bikes at.

  • Norm G.

    re: “Using unknown quality Chinese produced parts on a bike and hiding it is a bit sleazy at the price point they are selling their bikes at.”

    no more sleazy than us not coming off the dime and constantly searching for free lunch…

    welcome to the blowback.

  • John Mith

    @Norm G.

    “no more sleazy than us not coming off the dime and constantly searching for free lunch…

    welcome to the blowback.”

    That’s certainly the truth. The ever present quest for a “good deal” ultimately ends up with a bad deal. Welcome to the 21st century.

  • Wil

    @John Mith:

    Tell us of one bike that satisfies your sensibilities where it comes to ‘brand name’ only components, or open declaration of every parts’ nation of origin. Then tell us how much it costs.

    Of course I have no proof, but I have a feeling virtually every machine made these days has some out-sourced component that you appear so disapproving of.

    As for MV, doesn’t everyone rave about the chassis? Frame from Vietnam? Who cares! So long as it meets MV’s engineering and aesthetic requirements, that’s fine with this customer.

  • jet

    It got’s that ugly stick it in the ass high back tail end,more junk !