MV Agusta 800 Dragster RR – Stile e sostanza

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  • #15685
    Radar
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    Well this bike had a tough act to follow…the day I rode the 800 I had already ridden three of its companions from the stunning range of bikes now offered by MV. I was a little concerned that it would be a let-down when compared to the frisky 675 Brutale, silk sledge hammer 1090 and the sublime but demanding F4.

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    The Dragster RR is a highly stylised bike and is teetering right on the edge of being a little fussy. However I think the designers have got it right and carried off a distinctive highly attractive look. The spoked, white rear wheel and stacked triple-decker exhaust is nothing short of art. I wouldn’t want to keep it clean though!

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    The Dragster RR is a bold piece of design

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    I hope you like cleaning bikes, and I wonder what the Italian is for ‘tail tidy’?

    Well I need not have worried: Once on-board the single suede seat is comfortable and the 800cc triple motor ensure the Dragster was a great bike to ride. I took the Dragster on slightly more open roads than had its brethren and I was riding company with two mates who were on a 1090 and 800 Tourismo. This was memorable moment, three old friend’s line astern on three exotic Italian super bikes cutting a slice through some challenging roads on a glorious day.This is the stuff of dreams and should be savoured to the full.
    So enough of the esoteric garbage…what is the Dragster like to ride? Well put simply it is another cracking MV. The 800cc motor gives the Dragster an extra slice of attitude when compared with the 675. I was keeping the 1090 up front honest and the bike is confidence inspiring in the bends with excellent suspension and well suited to the country A roads I rode it on. They are not always as smooth as they could be, but it coped with ease.
    Performance was urgent, the free revving howling triple (that distinctive note again…), the stable but still very flick-able handling and strong brakes all working as one to provide a fun ride…it really is an absolute hoot!
    The single seat (effectively) and lack of fairing would possibly limit the bike slightly, and keeping the beauty looking its best would be a challenge, that gleaming white wheel…
    Like the other MV machines I tried on the same day build quality seems to be excellent and neat detailing abounded. The bike looks more expensive than it is…a tough trick to pull off. I was impressed.
    So overall then what we have is a superb, stylish package, but one that crucially can honour the cheques that styling and provocative name write.

    #68759
    katana
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    The styling does really do it for me

    #68760
    robertcains
    Participant

    1st Sept can’t come fast enough, I just hope the dealer has got that tail tidy sorted to get rid of that RSJ off the back of it!

    #68761
    Radar
    Moderator

    I am sure you will love it

    #68762
    robertcains
    Participant

    It’s here!!!

    #68763
    robertcains
    Participant

    Looks loads better with the tail tidy on now.

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    #68764
    Radar
    Moderator

    Good luck with the new machine, look forward to seeing it in the flesh.

    Looks way better with the tail tidy

    #68765
    Radar
    Moderator

    By the way the Italian for Tail tidy?

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    #68766
    robertcains
    Participant

    Well what can I say?
    My first day on the bike was a slight dissapointment with the front right indicator parting company within 20 miles & the left front very nearly following suit, a quick detour into the dealer saw them drop everything for a super quick fix (fair play to them)
    However whilst in there I spotted an oil weep from the head which did cause concern, after much investigating & phone calls to MV it appears to be a common ‘issue’ where excess oil is left floating around the outside of the hand built engine by over zealous engine builders, sure enough a good clean up & it’s not reappeared (PHEW!!)
    So onto the bike itself… What a stunning machine to ride! I’m just 150 miles into it so far but gelling very well,
    I’ve yet to ride a bike that wants to lift the front under power or shake it’s head like this one but it’s quite a controlled affair thanks to the steering damper which would benefit from further stiffening to be honest, the gearbox with quick shifter & auto blipper downshift invites vigorous riding & seeing three figures on the clock happens in a flash.
    The noise from the exhaust combined with the mini backfire from quickshifting is addictive… I’m concerned for my licence but this bike has put a smile on my face like no other & my last three bikes have all been 1050’s
    Would I reccomend a test ride? Hell yes!

    #68767
    Radar
    Moderator

    Glad you are enjoying it keep us posted.

    Seems you share your passion for the Dragster with a certain L Hamilton, occupation F1 jockey

    See even they know bikes are way more exciting!

    #68768
    robertcains
    Participant

    Haha, nothing to do with publicity seeing as AMG Mercedes own a big chunk of MV?

    #68769
    Radar
    Moderator

    Haha, nothing to do with publicity seeing as AMG Mercedes own a big chunk of MV?

    Absolutely nothing of course!

    How did the Dragster RR do on the TC forum ToL15…it’s first real try out?

    #68770
    robertcains
    Participant

    It was super thanks Tony, I think it came home with all the pieces still intact (not always easy to tell lol)
    I’m at service interval now & it’s booked in for Sat morning for its three hour check over & software update.
    If reliability isn’t an issue I see me keeping this bike a little longer than its predecessors which were bikes I loved but the MV & I have gelled very quickly, the fact it also turns heads isn’t a bad thing as long as peeps keep their mitts off it when it’s parked up.
    It’s definitely put a smile on my chops.

    #68771
    Radar
    Moderator

    It was super thanks Tony, I think it came home with all the pieces still intact (not always easy to tell lol)
    I’m at service interval now & it’s booked in for Sat morning for its three hour check over & software update.
    If reliability isn’t an issue I see me keeping this bike a little longer than its predecessors which were bikes I loved but the MV & I have gelled very quickly, the fact it also turns heads isn’t a bad thing as long as peeps keep their mitts off it when it’s parked up.
    It’s definitely put a smile on my chops.

    Really glad you are enjoying it so much, what was the software update for

    #68772
    robertcains
    Participant

    Just the usual bugs getting ironed out, early Brutale suffered with very snatchy throttle & the update flashes this I’m told, pretty standard stuff on modern cars & bikes.

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