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MV Agusta Unveils Turismo Veloce 800: Touring Just Got a Bit More Elegant

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In Milan earlier today, MV Agusta unveiled its Turismo Veloce 800 featuring a version of its 800cc triple already found in some of its other models. Although the ergonomics appear to be bolt upright, this is no adventure bike. It appears to have zero off-road pretensions with its 17″ wheels and sportbike rubber. MV says it has the “essence of Granturismo”.

There is also a Turismo Veloce Lusso version, which features additional standard equipment such as stability control, semi-active suspension and saddle bags. The Lusso also has features never seen on a touring bike, according to MV, such as electronic gear change and an anti-wheelie system.

Here is the press release from MV Agusta regarding the 2013 Turismo Veloce:

The pure emotions involved in traveling, the feeling of the open road beneath you, the limits that get pushed further every day. MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800. A name that dates back to the early days of Meccanica Verghera, the company founded on the intuition of Count Domenico Agusta and that is now at the very pinnacle of motorcycling thanks to 75 World Championship titles and an incredible history blended with both mystique and performance.

With the Turismo Veloce (literally Fast Tourer), MV Agusta has reinterpreted the tourer concept in the name of exclusivity, agility, ease of riding and performance. Unlike all of the heavier and oversized models offered by the competition, MV Agusta has chosen to utilize a compact and powerful 800cc engine. Turismo Veloce brings back the essence of Granturismo. It does so with its unmistakable lines and styling solutions which provide the practicality that no Grand Tourer can do without. It reiterates the same ideal with an approach to riding which makes the new MV Agusta the ground breaker for a new way of travelling.

The Turismo Veloce celebrates the unique pleasure of Grand Tourismo with two models of MV Agusta: the first for traveling through time and space with the feeling of agility that only a complete but essential motorcycle can provide.

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The second is the Turismo Veloce Lusso whose very name suggests things that seem to have been forgotten in time. Lusso stands for an extraordinary level of accessories and technical solutions which include the innovative MVCSC system (MV Agusta Chassis Stability Control) electronic stability control through the use of semi-active suspension, less bulky saddle bags which nevertheless can carry an astounding 60 litres and the new generation MVICS 2.0 (Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System) inertial platform which includes the up&down EAS 2.0 electronic gear change system as well as the Anti Wheelie System. These features have never before been offered to a Touring bike.

The standard equipment also includes an immobiliser, heated handle grips, Bluetooth connection and integrated GPS.

DESIGN
Turismo Veloce captures the essence touring and transmits the emotions directly to the rider. It means mile after mile of sweeping through curves and bends, hours of riding in complete peace with a single aim: to arrive at your destination in the most enjoyable way possible. Turismo Veloce is the first real tourer that truly provokes new emotions.

Designed for medium to long range touring, the Turismo Veloce was developed with an in-line three-cylinder 800cc engine. A milestone which further increases the wide range of machines.

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The design reflects the compact size of the engine, and the overall form of the bike is beautifully balanced. The saddle bags, which are critical components on any Tourer, simply flow seamlessly into the overall motorcycle design.

On the Turismo Veloce the complete integration of aesthetics and function is a reality and the unique design a lesson of innovation. With the saddle bags removed, the Turismo Veloce becomes a true Sports bike as befits its MV Agusta name. With the saddle bags on, the Turismo Veloce remains slender, sleek and exclusive. The tail and headlight units use Full LED technology and add to the marked three-dimensionality of the bike while emphasizing the new layout of the three exit exhaust pipes.

FRAME AND SUSPENSION
The frame is unmistakeably MV Agusta – steel tubing at the front set off by aluminium alloy side plates – redesigned to meet the specific requirements of the Turismo Veloce. As a result, it is wider in the middle section and features special plates designed to act as an anchor for the centre stand. The Turismo Veloce makes good use of the rider and passenger saddle support and does likewise with the saddle bags thanks to a lightweight aluminium alloy support system. The suspension system has been developed to ensure maximum comfort when touring and dynamic performance in sports use. On the Turismo Veloce Lusso, the MVCSC 2.0 system, employing Sachs front forks and rear shock absorber, features a sophisticated electronic control system which, through continuous interventions to the hydraulic settings, provides the best possible response to all specific riding conditions. The ECU includes the inertial platform which supplies vital parameter readings which are key to the continuous suspension setting changes and employs the Skyhook algorithm. This algorithm has been was specially developed by MV Agusta. The system acts on the hydraulic compression and rebound readings when the bike is in motion.

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ENGINE AND ELECTRONICS
The perfect blend of agility and performance. The Turismo Veloce is a perfect example of this: its three-cylinder 800cc engine is a new interpretation of the advanced engine on which MV Agusta has based the expansion of its model range. Its size would lead you to believe it’s a smaller engine thanks to the layout, and the three cylinders ensure excellent power output from low and medium revs then all the way up to the top of the rev range. This three-cylinder engine has many characteristics which make it a milestone for MV in terms of the technology applied to a standard production bike. The oil and water cooling systems have been integrated into the casting of the engine and this particular feature of the three-cylinder engine that gives it such an exceptional aesthetic impact and which allows it to blend in perfectly with the flowing lines of the Turismo Veloce. Under the cast and forged aluminium surfaces lies a counterrotating crankshaft derived directly from MotoGP. This was introduced as standard on the F3 675 and characterises the MV Agusta three-cylinder engine, not to mention the considerable impact it has on riding dynamics by significantly deceasing the effects of inertia when the bike changes direction. The precise application of fluid dynamic and thermodynamic principles, along with evolved electronic engine management systems have permitted specific fuel mapping settings to be designed to ideally suit both Tourismo and Sport riding modes on the new Turismo Veloce.

The reference platform is the new second generation MVICS 2.0 (Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System) which permits customizing the mapping with versatility being its strongest point. There are three preset mapping options. The Tourismo option offers fuel mapping specifically designed for touring and limits power output to 100 CV. The Sport setting increases power to the maximum output of 125 CV whereas the Rain option is for riding safely when there is little road grip and the Traction Control is automatically set to the maximum level. The fourth option, Custom, is also available whereby the rider individually selects various parameters to create the best possible set-up for the riders personal desires. Among the above mentioned customizing parameters are the engine torque curve in-line with power output (two levels), rev limiter cut in point (Hard or Soft), throttle sensitivity (three levels), engine braking (two levels), engine response (two levels) and, naturally, traction control (eight levels). The MVICS 2.0 system also includes the Anti Wheelie system offered for the first time on a Touring motorcycle. The evolved electronics system also features cruise control which lets the rider set and maintain a constant speed. The EAS 2.0 (Electronically Assisted Shift) system is also present for the first time with clutch-less down-shifting and lets the rider select a higher or lower gear without having to use the clutch. The Turismo Veloce and Turismo Veloce Lusso will only be available with ABS. Access to the many parameters by which the rider can personalize the motorcycle is via new controls on the handlebars with an improved intuitive system that lets the rider make adjustments on the move without being distracted. Access to the menu is via dedicated buttons that make implementing changes to the management system parameters even quicker. The instrument panel on the Turismo Veloce displays the most important information and was designed specifically for this model. The panel features a 5″ TFT colour display which provides access to the numerous electronically controlled parameters. On the Lusso there is also an evolved GPS system to enhance its Touring character. The GPS displays route information, fuel consumption and engine use. Thanks to the TFT panel being perfectly positioned, the rider never loses sight of the road and can travel in the safest way possible. Bluetooth communication as standard on the Turismo Veloce puts the rider, passenger and bike in constant communication and allows the experience to be shared with others using dedicated apps.

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50 Comments

  1. Superlight says:

    VLJ, I’ve ridden the Daytona 675 a number of times and now this F3. Both nice machines, but the MV has a lot more tuned intake/exhaust sound (that I love to hear), it spins up much faster (appropriate for a sport bike, I think) and it has styling that looks good from every angle (character is appearance also). The bike comes off a lot edgier than the Triumph, which some will praise and others will fault, but I love it. It reminds me of the Ducati 748R I owned for several years – a racebike for the street.

  2. Yoyodyne says:

    Good luck on finding anyone who wants to ride pillion on the skyscraper rear seat.

  3. Yoda from Idaho says:

    Buy what suits your needs and ride the living daylights out of it. What’s good for the goose might not be good for the gander

  4. stinkywheels says:

    Didn’t see fuel capacity but it looks like it’s got enough. Whatta machine! I can’t believe a sporty bike with cruise! That’s what a VFR shoulda been all along if theyd’ve stayed with the 800. Hope I get to ride one and buy one when funds allow.

  5. Spider says:

    MV keeps adding new and improved bikes. Great job! The new dash looks fine!
    Try to ignore all these super critical commenters. They must be miserable to be so angry and critical of almost anything posted here. This is such a great time of the year. Lots of new and exciting new bikes! Enjoy the show. We live in such a great time.
    Keep up the good work MV and motorcycledaily.com.

  6. hal26 says:

    FUGLY-WTF? Are you blind? This contraption looks like it was designed by a 6 year old….sheesh!

    • Blackcayman says:

      Beauty is in the eye of the beholder – – perhaps you could post what you think is a beautiful bike so we know from where you are coming?

  7. Mean Chuck says:

    What the 1050 Tiger should have looked like.

  8. todder says:

    Wow! And cruise control to boot! Never thought I’d be so in love…

  9. David says:

    34 inch seat height…not for me

  10. Superlight says:

    The “only 36 MV dealers in the US” comment is valid, but as the owner of a first-year F3 I can say the bike has been reliable so far and has so much more character (in a good way) than any Japanese bike or even the Triumph triples. I’m not so enthralled, however, with the styling – too “adventure bike” for my tastes and inseam (34″ seat height!).

    • VLJ says:

      Style notwithstanding, define “so much more character” as it relates to the F3’s mechanicals, compared to, say, a similar Triumph.

  11. Pedro Grangeio says:

    Another bike I will never buy, because of the seat height. It’s really frustating….

    • jake says:

      If you are only a few inches off, just get a lowering kit. The bike might look even cooler slammed.

  12. jake says:

    What is thing but a Weestrom in fancy duds? Set them side by side, they have the same lines and the same function.

    It’s funny how when the Italians copy the Japanese, they make the bike look alot better and jump the price. When the Japanese mimic the Europeans, they make the bike look a whole heck of alot uglier, but lower the price.

    And this rule almost never varies. It’s like a law of nature. Must be cultural differences between the two societies on how they view and value copying and mimicking.

  13. Michael H says:

    Nice, nice bike! Now do a dealer search on MVA’s website. Wait. I’ll save you the time. There are thirty-six MV Agusta dealers in the US. Combine that with MVA’s unreliable parts pipeline and sketchy warranty repair coverage, and I’ll continue to admire MVA’s bikes from afar. Very afar.

  14. sl says:

    Been googling this thing. This site has the best info on the bike that I can find. How much $?

  15. denny says:

    Molto bellisimo!

  16. Ty says:

    Not gonna sell without a beak.

  17. marloweluke says:

    What Blackcayman said. Exactly what I’m looking for. A baby FJR with the new triple motor.

    • paulysr says:

      I’m with you guys on this one. take a street triple R, give it a sprint RS sort of fairing, a set of hard bags, and another half gallon of gas. could be the perfect motorcycle

  18. Blackcayman says:

    This is a “Watershed” moment, for me at least. This is exactly what I’ve been asking for low these many years. Upright Ergos, Very Capable SportBike handling & weight, all in a package with decent touring accuterments; wind protection & hard bags.

    The closest thing was the BMW F800 GT, but I wouldn’t spend that kind of $$$ on a buzzy twin. The next was the KTM SM-T but it had the tallish suspension, which I don’t need/want.

    I think its a beautiful sexy Italian designed bike but its also got all the limitations that being an Aprilia has, namely; snatchy EFI, questionable long-term reliability and limited dealer network.

    So I’m still waiting for Yamaha FJR 09 or the Triumph 800 cc motor to get the Daytona Treatment and then be assembled into this format, or a Speed Triple with the wind protection and bags and better seat . Yes, I love triples. Have you ridden one?

    There would simply be no comparing this to the 600-700 lb tourers, even those with 150+ HP because you’ve got 200+ lbs of bike to drag around.

    I hope its a sales success and that the other manufacturers follow suit. I hope this is the dawn of a brand new sector of bikes; The lightweight, midsized, upright ergo’d tourer with long distance serious sport riding as the target.

  19. VLJ says:

    Take a good look at the second pic, the top view of the saddle and bags. Let that soak in a bit.

    Why is it that only the Italians can do that? Is style really that much more expensive? I don’t see why it would be. Plastic is plastic. Their bags/tail sections/seats can’t cost any more to produce than the blah utilitarian affairs seen on most bikes, and that goes for the rest of the style, as well.

    Man, if MV Agusta could ever just build a bike with the same level of polished performance that they exhibit in the styling, they’d supplant sliced bread and bad pop music the world over.

  20. allworld says:

    I wish Triumph would design and build entry into this market.

    • Gary says:

      Wait … what? Are you familiar with the Tiger?

      • Blackcayman says:

        tallish suspension for off-road pretense is The limiting factor. Plus its not a handsome machine, from any angle. A great motor to be sure and there’s potential….Buy I think the Speed Triple is the better starting point for this result.

      • allworld says:

        Very, but that is not the same genre. Think more like the BMW F800GT more of a SPORT-touring bike rather than a sport-Touing I ride a Sprint ST currently which is great, but alas the new GT was IMO, not an improvement. I also ride solo so the idea of a single passenger set up would appeal to me.
        I really don’t care for the “adventure touring” style bikes which are all the rage these days, sort of like the SUV’s of the MC world

  21. kjazz says:

    Very pretty, but of course, it’s MV!! Just not excited about really going somewhere on a 3/4 sized block. Howabout the full meal deal with 1200cc motor. It makes a diff after a while to me, to have that extra engine. The smaller engines can put out good hp/torque but, a bigger motor does it with a little less effort. Even a tiny bit of strain, adds up after a while on the road and you can feel like you’re over taxing your motor. ps. Very Pretty!!

    • Norm G. says:

      re: “Howabout the full meal deal with 1200cc motor.”

      take it easy greasy, we need you to come off the dime for this first. demand and revenue stream established, we can then go head to head with the heavyweights in a saturated segment.

    • sl says:

      I don’t think they need a bigger cc version. This 800 makes pretty good power, and is the same size as MV’s 675 triple.

      • sl says:

        Forgot to say, this bike is pretty small/light, and the 800 has a long stroke. I guess since I like everyone should:-D

  22. BarryB says:

    would not buy an Italian bike due to reliability but wish Triumph would do a half-faired version of their Street Triple with a comfort saddle as standard, know they have other models but they are a lot larger and heavier

  23. Norm G. says:

    it’s funny, in those first few pics, the stubbiness makes it look a toy model. LOL

    • Norm G. says:

      ps: I like this bike and has the potential to be a watershed moment for the MV brand (caveat, assuming they handle it right).

  24. Captain Obvious says:

    Touring on an Italian bike? What’s the goal, to break down in every state?, to visit every dealer in the country?
    Them’s jokes but for really that styling does not work stretched up like that. Oh and it’s going to break down every 1000 miles.

  25. rg500g says:

    OK, looks totally righteous, but… It’s 43 degrees out and raining. It will be raining all day. I need to ride 600 miles that day, then ride another 500 the next, and another 700 the day after that, then back home on the last day, a 300 mile jaunt. I do not like wearing sox or underwear on successive days. I will need to see someone at a nice restaurant on day 2 and will need to have a decent shirt, slacks and shoes ready to wear, possibly a sport coat. I’ll be spending at least half my time on big slabs, on cruise control, and where I can I’ll be riding rather less sedately on secondary roads, but I have a schedule to keep. Now, will the MV be able to cover this? I’m not so sure. Until it can, it’s better designated a SST rather than GT. My 2008 K1200gt (sofa strapped to surplus shuttle booster) does GT quite well. Not so sure I’d dump it for the MV.

    • Dave says:

      ” Until it can, it’s better designated a SST rather than GT”

      Agreed. That said, Yamaha- take notes. Apply to FZ-09.

  26. Hot Dog says:

    Whoa! I just soiled myself, this thing’s beautiful! It’s a damned good thing a guy can’t run down to the local Harley boutique to buy one, cuz I’d be spending money I don’t have.

    • Gary says:

      Don’t go to the Harley dealer. You’ll just soil yourself again when you see the price tags. Don’t ask me how I know.

  27. bartman50 says:

    Oh hell…..
    Didn’t need to see this!! There goes the bank account.

    God, I love this time of year.

  28. Glenn says:

    Looks very nice. I especially like how clean it looks without the bags, and how well integrated they are. It will be interesting to see how they attach. Can’t wait for the bike to make the rounds in the NA motorcycle show circuit. If this thing can be built as reliable as Triumph and Ducati, it’s worth a serious look.

  29. powermad says:

    Touring eh? For the most part it looks very capable and obviously designed with flair.
    On the other hand that seat looks like its about 3/4 of an inch thick which would certainly limit my touring on it to across town.

  30. Pete says:

    I want that rear stand

  31. Tim says:

    Suddenly, I feel the protective shell around my Ninja 1000 lust beginning to crack. Okay, I know that probably sounds dirty but it’s a good thing. Really.

  32. ApriliaRST says:

    Hmmm. Perhaps this is a bike that out-classes my Aprilia Futura. What took so long?