Exotic Italian Versys - MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800
Just saying that name will make you smile - "Turismo Veloce". Got to ride this yesterday. If I could sum up the bike I would say it is a Versys but built from the perspective of cost is no object.
The bike has every conceivable amenity built in from electronically adjustable Sachs suspension, clutchless quick shifter, slipper clutch, to Brembo brakes, to integrated heated grips, to multi mode ABS and traction control that works in a lean, to aluminum, CNC machined kickstand, shift and brake levers to a hand stitched seat. Parked next to my Versys the bike just exudes quality, there are no unfinished bits or rough welds or flawed paint.
The engine makes alluring sounds and I would have to say is superior to either the Triumph or Yamaha triple I have also ridden, in both sound and power and general lack of vibration.
So how does it ride? The incredibly powerful engine is super smooth off the line, especially in touring mode but even in performance mode it is still smoother and less lurchy than the Versys. In town touring mode works best but on a twisty rode you can switch throttle response and suspension settings to performance which really wakes things up. There is also rain mode and custom mode where you can install your own fuel map and suspension settings. You can also set on the dash suspension settings for a passenger or luggage or both. The quick shifter, as well as not requiring a clutch, except on launch, makes for super smooth downshifts.
Ergonomics is identical to the Versys with the exception of the board like seat on the MV Agusta. Even though it was beautiful to look at with it's hand stitching and stitched MV Agusta logo it starts to hurt after 1/2 hour. My Versys has a more comfortable seat.
The biggest difference from the Versys is probably the suspension. You can just ride this bike much faster, especially into corners and it feels planted and safe. The Versys starts to feel uneasy at much lower speeds. In fact this is an easier bike to ride than the Versys. It's just smoother off the line and goes where you point it at just about any speed. Ride is firm but not the slightest bit jittery. Kudos to the high end suspension.
Next on the list is the engine which is sublime. You can hit speeds illegal anywhere in second gear and it just keeps pulling. Passing in a short space is point and shoot.
So whats not to like? It has about as much passenger comfort as the Versys 650. There are no aftermarket parts for this bike although the way it comes equipped you don't really need any - saddle bags that fit the integrated mounts are $1000. The seat is uncomfortable for longer rides. Oh, and the price - $19,500 CDN before taxes - or the price of 2 Versys. This puts it at the same price as a base model BMW 1000XR and about $3000 less than a similarly equipped one. There are also a lot of other nice bikes in this price range.
What would you buy?
Last edited by twowheels; 09-09-2016 at 02:58 PM.