Turning motorcycles into a work of art has become a trait at MV Agusta, and truly have been a bedroom wallpaper design. People who owned one, usually have another motorcycle from some other brand as well to do their everyday riding.
Until now, MV Agusta only built motorcycles that would eat apexes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Machines built to just simply look and go fast and handle like a stealth ninja. Now, the company has entered a whole new dimension. A touring motorcycle that has NOT been made by the inspirations of the marquee’s 75 world titles or racetrack pedigree. And what came out is the MV Agusta Turismo Veloce.
The boldest move by MV which meant redefining the process of making a world class motorcycle that could trump other brands. Now, even in the touring segment. Instead of crunching apexes and punching the straight, MV is giving you the pleasure of conquering the world of sweeping bends, stunning scenery and open roads.
Till what limit can the art on two wheels be extended to? Ask MV Agusta. Having made some of the most exotic Italian masterpieces on two wheels, MV has a tremendous history in terms of making some of the most beautiful looking and aerodynamic motorcycles on the planet.
Although the Schiranna brand is giving you a touring motorcycle, they are not any less in style and class. The Turismo Veloce can be immediately recognised as an MV Agusta, thanks to the chiselled front fascia resembling the MV Agusta F4 that has a sharp and rakish full LED headlight element flanked by strips of DRLs’.
This motorcycle gets a compact silhouette because of its small 3 cylinder rocket even with the side panniers. The fairing is also minimalistic and does not cover any mechanical component unlike other MV’s and joins the narrow 22-litre fuel tank that has indentations for a tucked in feel. The fairing also houses an easily adjustable windshield inside which sits a 5” TFT colour instrument cluster that among all others worldly information, displays GPS data too. A new switchgear, specially designed for the Turismo Veloce can allow the rider to customise the screen’s display. The Bluetooth-enabled device can connect to your smartphone and let you adjust the ride settings of your Turismo Veloce.
High-visibility LED indicators are embedded into the handguards giving the bike a panache and to the rider a great amount of comfort. The engine compartment is kind of a minute one for an 800 cc. All thanks to the oil and water cooling systems being built into the engine casting. On the side, you see the distinct three spout exhaust muffler which has a rather quadrangular shape. Split seats can be seen with a perforated visual element and a neatly exposed stitching gives it an edge.
At the rear, you get built in hand rails and a stylish 3D tail light LED segment that looks like it was designed somewhere a million kilometres out in space.
|Model||MV Agusta Turismo Veloce||Triumph Tiger|
|Seat height||850mm||840 - 860 mm|
MV has created a one-off unique three-cylinder engine that is regarded as the most advanced and powerful mid-sized power unit to have ever been built. The in-line 798cc motor produces a phenomenal 110 bhp at 10150 rpm and 80Nm at 7100 rpm. The performance at high revs is superlative due to double overhead cam timing system with four titanium valves per cylinder. The fuel consumption is 20% lower than the rest of the line-up and is now made Euro4 certified with a bigger catalytic converter also.
The mechanical slipper clutch system takes the power to the rear wheel through the cassette type 6 speed gearbox. The Higher compression ratio of 12.2:1 makes the rpm redline limit at 13500 to maintain reliability.
The MVICS (Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System) platform combines fully electronic management of the accelerator and throttle body and 8 level adjustment traction control in case you decide to go bonkers with this and letting loose is not for the faint-hearted. It also makes use of a new traction control system and the EAS 2.0 with-blipper shift system that can be controlled by the TFT instrument panel.
Giving serious thought to lightweight, the engines weighs at only 52 kg and houses a counter rotating shaft which was exclusive to only MotoGP monsters. This makes the engine reduce inertia during quick directional changes and enhances engine balance to give the bike a better handling ability.
|Model||MV Agusta Turismo Veloce||Triumph Tiger|
|Bore/ Stroke mm||79/54.3||74.1/61.9|
|Type||Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, In-line 3-cylinder, DOHC||Liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder|
|Valves per cylinder||4||4|
|Clutch type||Hydraulic clutch, wet multi-disc with slipper clutch||Wet, multiplate|
Being a tourer, expect the most comfortable of positions and a supple ride to take you more than 200 miles at a stretch without hurting your body. Compared to all its competitors, it also handles like a racer.
All the compactness we are talking about had to bow down to the bike’s tall stature. With 850 mm of saddle height, it is a task to put your feet planted on the ground at standstill, or even to throw it around the saddle. Talking about the saddle, it is well padded and optional heated grips add to that comfort level.
The company had to work on a completely new frame to meet the specific requirements of the Turismo Veloce. Derived from the MV Agusta Stradale 800, it now has revised steering geometry. The chassis response is positive giving you the right amount of flex and has the quality to put many touring bikes to shame. It uses a trellis frame coupled to aluminium alloy side plates acting as a pivot for the single swingarm.
Three engine settings: Rain (80 bhp), Touring (90 bhp) and Sport (110 bhp) and a custom mode that have the ride-by-wire throttle lets you play around with the bike’s performance according to your imagination. Some of the parameters that can be customized 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 of course the traction control (eight levels).
The motorcycle feels compact and agile twisting down on the winding curves and giving you a soft supple ride is Sachs USD semi-active telescopic hydraulic fork at the front and Progressive Sachs, semi-active single shock absorber with hydraulic spring preload adjustment at the rear. Both of these can be adjusted with respected to rebound and compression by a graphical tool on the app on your smartphone.
Braking units are taken by the Brembo radial-type monoblock with discs 320 mm in the front and 220 mm at the rear clutched by 4 and 2 pistons respectively. Bosch 9 Plus with RLM (Rear wheel Lift-up Mitigation) ABS system comes as standard.
|Model||MV Agusta Turismo Veloce||Triumph Tiger|
|Suspension / Front||43 mm Sachs USD semi-active telescopic hydraulic fork||43 mm WP USD telescopic fork|
|Suspension / Rear||Progressive Sachs, semi-active single shock absorber with hydraulic spring preload adjustment||WP monoshock with remote oil reservoir, hydraulically adjustable preload, rebound|
|Brakes / Front||Double 320 mm disc. Calliper: Brembo radial-type, with 4 pistons||Twin 308 mm floating discs, Nissin 2-piston sliding callipers|
|Brakes / Rear||Single 220 mm disc. Calliper: Brembo radial-type, with 2 pistons||Single 255 mm disc, Nissin single piston sliding calliper|
|Tyres / Front||120/70 - ZR 17 M/C||90/90-21|
|Tyres / Rear||190/55 - ZR 17 M/C||150/70 R17|
The MV Agusta Turismo Veloce comes in two versions: Standard and Lusso. Prices for these are expected to start from ₹ 20 lakh for the Standard and ₹22.5 lakh for the Lusso. Colour options include Pearl white/Avio Grey, Red/Silver, Silver/ Avion Grey and Black/Silver with Red frame.
Both these machines are expected to hit the Indian shores sometime this year and will be got in through the CKD route.
You will also get MV’s accessory lounge access to customise your bike to your needs. You can install side panniers, heated grips, Garmin sat-nav, bags, carbon fibre mudguards and silencer covers, seats and stands.
The MV Agusta Turismo Veloce has very few contenders for the 800cc category and the biggest one amongst them is the British-made Triumph Tiger. The ‘Tiger’ range in India started with the Tiger 800 XC as well as Tiger Explorer XC. But given the stupendous rise of sales of big bikes in the Indian two wheeler market, Triumph did bring more interesting options in the 800cc segment, the Tiger XCx and Tiger XRx, in early 2015. Seeing much success with this duo, Triumph revamped the motorcycle a bit and launched the facelifts of both the Tiger XCx and Tiger XRx in India in 2016.
Apart from the basic design philosophy, the Triumph Tiger 800 XRT also shares its powertrain with the Tiger 800 XR. Mated to a six-speed gearbox, the four stroke, liquid cooled, inline three, 800cc engine on the bike puts out a peak power of 97 bhp and a maximum torque output of 79 Nm. The torque is well spread throughout the rev range, which makes the motorcycle thoroughly enjoyable whatever the rev figure is.
With players like Triumph, https://www.topspeed.in/motorcycles/suzuki1/, Kawasaki and Ducatialready having their range of touring motorcycles in India, the entry of the MV Agusta Turismo Veloce will bring in a fresh take on the segment which wins the looks department hands down.
Now, you don’t have to have two bikes to do two different things. This MV is the most versatile of all of them in its class. The rider aids and electronic package you get in this is worth every penny you pay. With more and more people investing in tourers, there has never been a better time for MV to introduce the Veloce into the market, and by the looks of it, it is going to be one of the favourites.