LEAKED: First Photo of the MV Agusta Stradale 800

10/30/2014 @ 7:06 am, by Jensen Beeler15 COMMENTS


Our Bothan spies are hard at work, ahead of this year’s EICMA show, and thus we have another leaked photo for your viewing pleasure. Giving us our first glimpse at the rumored MV Agusta Stradale 800, we can see that Varese is borrowing heavily from Ducati’s playbook.

If the Rivale was MV Agusta’s response to the Ducati Hypermotard, then the Stradale is the company’s riff on the Ducati Hyperstrada, as our photo shows what appears to be a Rivale with bags and a windscreen attached.

To MV Agusta’s credit, our eagle eyes see that the touring bags have integrated signals, which is certainly a stylish and functional addition to the Rivale. We imagine they hide a reworked tail section as well.

It also seems that the three-tip exhaust has been squared-off, similar to the Turismo Veloce, and perhaps a sign of MV Agusta’s new aesthetic with the three-cylinder models, which would bring them in-line with the four-cylinder bikes now.

We can presume that a different seat has also been added to the Stradale, helping “cush the tush” on those extra long trips. We would anticipate the same 798cc three-cylinder engine on this sport/ADV tourer, which is good for 125hp and 62 lbs•ft of torque.

Expect to see the MV Agusta Stradale 800 break cover on Monday, at MV Agusta’s pre-EICMA press event…or earlier, if our spies have anything to say about it.

It looks like our Dutch friends at Nieuwsmotor got a different color Stradale photo from the Bothans, click here to see it.

Source: Bothan spies

  • Superlight

    MV has followed an interesting strategy since Harley bailed out and Claudio passed away – flood the market with model after new model. This has served to keep the small Italian company constantly in the press, far beyond what their sales numbers would suggest. Trouble is, MV doesn’t have the dealer infrastructure to “move the metal”, especially here in the US of A. Better they would have fewer but fully developed model entries and work on their (almost nonexistent) dealer body.

  • Bruce Monighan

    Superlight, I agree. All hype and no product. There is no way a manufacturer that small and inconsistent can produce all those models. Interesting exercises but they provide no confidence to go out and buy their product.

  • Superlight

    @ Bruce: I’m not negative on the MV product (I own an F3), just their observed business practices. They need more, high-quality dealers, not more models off the 3-cylinder platform. Enough already.

  • sburns2421

    Except the hard work has been done. The 800cc triple exists, tooling for the frame and other bits exist. “New” models are derivative of the basic architecture. This bike is more or less a Rivale with bags, the Rivale is a Brutale in new bodywork, as is the dragster.

    While I agree that the dealer network (or lack thereof) hurts them, they also seem to know they will remain a boutique manufacturer. Each individual model will sell a few hundred if that in the US, so make as many niche vehicles variations as possible to appeal to more variety of rider.

    I have loved and owned Ducatis for many years, they have been great at building the brand the last 15 years from a bit player to something much more. Newbies that want a crusier want a Harley, but newbies that ant a sportbike aspire to a Ducati. Brand name is much stronger than other italian brands.

    There is no reason that MV Agusta could not do the same thing, if anything their products look better and have more cachet, not to mention the name is one of the most storied in racing. But MV seems stuck (like Aprilia) making great products that few people even know exist. If it was only dealer support, those areas with good dealers would have a high concentration of these bikes, but I don’t think that really happens. The BRAND is weak.

  • Peter

    Although they are an Italian brand, I think they are more like Triumph. Old, storied brand – re-invented. And they probably follow their playbook.

    I fell in love with the Brutale 800 last year. Wanted to buy it as a second bike, fearing their reliability issues. But here is the list of mistakes they made in opinion – so far:

    Announced a model (B3 800), but then it took them forever to get CARB certified. A 2013 bike should be available late 2012 or at the latest early 2013 and not at the end of the year, when everyone else has a sale already.
    Announced the ABS version in Europe while the normal version was still not available in the US (probably their biggest market).
    It took them ages to get the fueling right, which is particularly bad because you can’t really test ride them (availability). Something that keep me away from it.

    Missed a deadline in CA earlier this year and were not allowed sell for 2 months.

    These are management issues imho, things they need to fix. If not dealers will stay away from the brand as storied as it and as beautiful as the bikes are, although I think they start tainting their designs by overusing it…

  • Jason

    sburns is right though. They are just spreading the development costs over more models since they will still use the same tools to make the same parts for almost the whole machine. It might be the only way to get enough sales to pay back the crazy costs to produce the tooling

  • Superlight

    Of course they’re spreading their development costs over many models; that much is clear. I posit it’s better to make fewer models, but done right, and spend the precious company resources working on distribution (dealers). No way should they be introducing the “RR”Brutales/Dragsters and now this Stradale to the public before the Turismo Veloce is on sale around the globe.

  • Jake

    The problem as Superlight pointed out is that as it is MV has a hard time supporting 1 or 2 models. Now they have at least 6 to support. MVs are more reliable then people may think, but the issue is when they do have an issue regardless of how small it can take months to get it fixed, because they don’t have a support system in place to do so.

    This isn’t just about location either because if you have to drive 6 or 7 hours to buy a bike then you can expect the same when you need it worked on. It’s about actually getting parts in a timely matter. Or getting issues resolved in a timely manner.

    I’m not one of the exclusive freaks who will like something only because no one else has one and as soon as it becomes more common hate it. But right now I don’t understand what MV is trying to accomplish. They are a small niche company and with a small consumer base. I don’t know that coming out with so many models in such a short time frame is the smart way to grow the company. Especially if the infrastructure isn’t there to support those products. Plus one or two details aside many of these “new” models aren’t really different from each other so the product is diluted before it has a chance to hit the floor. MV has had this issue in the past where they’d flood the market with variants of the same bike. Yes while the differences where minor they still needed to be supported and that’s one of the reason they kept going broke (and taking any company that invested in them down with them).

    Right now I think it’s a bit overkill. I’ve owned 6 MVs and right now while I love my 2010 F4 I don’t trust the company enough to purchase another one of their bikes.

  • Mariano

    “then the Stradale is the company’s riff on “………I think “rip-off” is more fitting.

  • Sentinel

    This will not be doing my bank account any favors! :o lol

  • LaDeviant

    Everyone is just a carbon copy of what Ducati does, the Japanese factories are the same! Its pathetic!!! No one is original and no one is a leader except for Ducati.

  • Mark W

    Unless those panniers are aux fuel tanks, this thing is DOA. The 70mi effective range of the Rivale is hard to stomach for a play bike, let alone a pseudo SMT bike.

  • Mark W

    Ok I just saw spec sheet post, and it does have a 4gal tank, so its better than Rivale, but hopefully less thirsty as well.

  • AHA

    MV have the product but not the management or the dealer network. Sorry to be boring but right now KTM with Husqvarna are laying down a textbook version of how to reinvent a bike brand, create a product line & build a dealer network and establish a beachhead in the minds and wallets of the punters AND all inside 18mths! (I know they didn’t start at zero, especially with the product being all KTM parts, but even so.) I just got back from the UK Dirt Bike Show yesterday and the Husky stand was the biggest, the best & the most popular. Lots of the kids walking round wearing the white, blue & yellow. Orange ain’t the height of fashion any more. Scarily effective stuff.

    MV so badly need to get some decent dealers set up and start supplying them – product, spares and back up. I doubt it will happen however. Such a pity. All it requires is some cash and some tough guy management troubleshooters from Daimler Benz.

  • Shinigami

    There may be significant truth to the comments about the dealer network. I visited my local dealer in September to look at an F3 800. Gorgeous bike. Cash in hand.

    After a lengthy conversation I was convinced that the support for this bike from this dealer would be totally inadequate. Their shocking ignorance of what I consider to be fundamental basics on the MV convinced me to walk away.