All Tests – Turismo Veloce 800 test: finally ready, not perfect – Turismo Veloce 800 technical update

Turismo Veloce 800 test: finally ready, not perfect

All Tests - Turismo Veloce 800 test: finally ready, not perfect - Turismo Veloce 800 technical update

Like any beautiful Italian, MV Agusta’s ” Touring ” motorcycle was long overdue! Unveiled in autumn 2013 at the Milan show, the Turismo Veloce 800 arrives this spring in French dealerships. Site has already tried it… in the wet.

Technical point Turismo Veloce 800


Inaugurated on the sporty F3 800 in 2013, settled down on the Brutale roadster, declined on the Rivale supermotard and mounted in the Dragster muscle bike, the Tre Pistoni 798 cc is now installed in a motorcycle with a particularly comprehensive program: the Turismo Veloce which, as its name suggests, intends to travel far and quickly…

To fulfill this difficult and somewhat contradictory mission, the engine has once again passed into the hands – and computer programs … – of Varese engineers. And although the watermill does not change its appearance on the outside, as with Activia a major overhaul has taken place inside…

New design and timing of the cam profiles, new pistons, new specific intake and exhaust systems, new maps developed exclusively for this machine: the Italian engineers did not save themselves.

"In the configuration developed for the Turismo Veloce, it is not the maximum power that has been the focus of research but the obtaining of the most homogeneous possible power curve, increasing the maximum torque by 20% compared to previous versions. , and that from 2100 rpm"MV Agusta announces.

The engine retains the oil and liquid cooling circuits built into the original 675 crankcases. "This characteristic characteristic of the 3-cylinder engine gives it that incomparable aesthetic in perfect harmony with the fluid curves of the Turismo Veloce.", underlines the manufacturer

"Under the cast and forged aluminum surfaces hides the counter-rotating crankshaft directly derived from MotoGP"ignites the brand certainly engaged in World Superbike and Supersport … but absent from Grand Prix for more than 30 years !

Another technology inherited from racing: the "quickshifter" system ("EAS 2.0" at MV), which allows the pilot to up and down gears without intervening on the clutch and throttle. "It now works on all driving modes and no longer just in Sport or Custom", the staff warns us,"and can always be deactivated at any time".

The Turismo Veloce is also an opportunity for MV Agusta to introduce a hydraulic distribution chain tensioner, which equips all three-cylinder engines of the 2015 models. The new road also incorporates the hydraulically controlled clutch, already present on the vehicle. .

"However, unlike the Stradale", says MV Agusta,"The Turismo Veloce is fitted with a mechanical anti-slip clutch which reduces the width of the engine by 20 mm when passing". It differs from the other 800 by its"new three-flute escapement, now quadrangular".

To meet the needs of heavy riders, a larger capacity battery (11 Ah against 8.5 on the roadster) and a more powerful alternator (450 W against 350) have been fitted to the Turismo Veloce. The exhaust system is also unique, with its catalytic converter with 400 cells.

The transmission is also slightly modified: the primary and secondary ratios are kept, but the gear ratios are revised. We especially remember that the 5th of the Turismo Veloce corresponds to the 6th of the Rivale, and that the 6th makes it possible to reach 130 km / h at 6100 rpm (120 km / h at 6000 rpm on the Supermot ‘).

Last but not least: the maintenance intervals have been considerably extended, going from 6,000 to 15,000 km. Changing the spark plugs and adjusting the valve clearance is always carried out every other service, i.e. every 30,000 km..


The essential MVICS 2.0 (second generation Motor and Vehicle Integrated Control System) is at the heart of the Turismo Veloce and still offers three pre-programmed mapping options, recalibrated according to the Touring program..

Renamed Touring precisely, the normal mode limits power to 90 hp and moderates engine reactions. Sport mode allows the rider to take advantage of the engine’s 110 maximum horsepower and all the responsiveness of ride-by-wire. Finally, the Rain mode restricts the Tre Pistoni to 80 hp and pushes the piloting assistance to the maximum..

A fourth mode, Custom, is intended for owners who the previous three modes would not satisfy. The parameters can then be configured independently of one another: torque / engine power curve (2 levels), breaker tripping speed (2), throttle grip sensitivity (3), engine brake (2), engine response (2).

The traction control adjustment remains accessible regardless of the driving mode adopted. Eight levels are available: from the most permissive 1 to the most intrusive 8 … which still allows the front wheel to be lifted a good ten centimeters. Like ABS (Bosch 9 Plus, what else?), Traction control can be disconnected with two taps of the left thumb.

MV Agusta has also revised the controls on the handlebars: in use, they are indeed "always more intuitive and can be used on the fly, without distracting the pilot’s attention". All the information is displayed on a large color panel (5-inch TFT) fitted as standard on the Lusso, but also on the standard.

The information is plentiful and almost all displayed continuously. It takes some time to memorize the location of the clock or the outside temperature, but the main data can be accessed at a glance: speed, gear engaged, engine speed, fuel level…

Two partial trips are also offered, coupled with an automatically started stopwatch, which allows the on-board computer to calculate the average speed. This Turismo Volce only lacks the average fuel consumption to be completely complete.

The Turismo Veloce also uses Bluetooth technology. So the pilot and the passenger – and the vehicle! – can constantly communicate and share their driving experiences through dedicated apps.

Last technological tip highlighted by MV Agusta: a photodiode is responsible for automatically switching from daytime running lights to low beam. Class, no ?

Finally, in its Lusso version, the Turismo Veloce incorporates a GPS data acquisition system, a function particularly suited to large tourism. This data acquisition also includes information on the route, fuel consumption (ah!) And engine usage..


The frame of the Turismo Veloce does not denote the rest of the production of Varese and mixes a tubular steel trellis with side plates in aluminum alloy. However, it is distinguished by its intermediate section "wider and fitted with specific plates designed as an anchoring point for the central stand", fitted as standard on the" Lusso "only.

The rear buckle of the Turismo Veloce – two aluminum components – is undoubtedly the centerpiece of this new bike. Openwork (!), It does not accommodate a lock or disc lock … The most reckless users may dare to wedge pants or a jacket, rain, but beware of the sleeves that could hang over them wheel !

Extremely thin, the unique rear part of the Turismo Veloce incorporates attachments for large suitcases that the customer – including that of the Lusso … – will have to obtain from the accessories department of his dealer. According to the head of the brand in France interviewed on site, their price will be around 950 euros.

The thinness of the rear buckle limits the width of the motorcycle at the level of the suitcases to 810 mm, which is less than the width at the handlebars (900 mm). With a volume of 30 liters, the suitcases nevertheless swallow without hiccuping a full face helmet each.

The fuel tank may be "narrower in the area of ​​contact with the pilot’s knees", its capacity of 22 liters far exceeds that of the Rivale (12.9 l) and beats those of the" rivals "designated by MV Agusta: 20 liters on the Multistrada 1200, on the future S1000XR and on the Tiger 1200, 19 on the Tiger 800.

On the practical side, the MV Agusta has no less than two 12V power sockets (one pilot, one passenger) and two 5V sockets (USB type, in the middle of the handlebars) in order to connect our in-dis-pen-sa-bles electronic gadgets.

The partial fairing, which British designer (!) Adrian Morton wanted "both innovative and in continuity", is overhung by an adjustable screen – with one hand – up to 60 mm. There is a clip-on storage compartment on each side. Hand guards and their integrated indicators are also fitted as standard.

The Turismo Veloce is also more convenient to ride than the Rivale: the saddle is 35 mm lower (850 mm all the same). The passenger appreciates the little attention paid to his calves: the suitcases are notched on the front.

On the "standard" Turismo Veloce, the travel of the inverted Marzocchi fork of 43 mm (fully adjustable) reaches 160 mm and that of the Sachs monoshock (adjustable in preload via a thumbwheel and rebound) 165 mm.

The "deluxe" version receives the MVCSC 2.0 system developed in collaboration with Sachs, whose fork and rear shock are electronically adjusted. "The ECU integrates the inertial platform which analyzes crucial parameters allowing permanent modification of the suspension settings (relaxation and compression, Editor’s note) using Skyhook algorithm", describes the manufacturer.

The new MV Agusta are all fitted with new light alloy rims. The width of the rear wheel measures 6 inches, in order to fit a 190 mm tire (5.5 and 180 on the Rivale). At the front, the shank angle opened: 26 ° on the MV Agusta sports trail against 24.5 on the Supermotard (108 mm trail against 104.5).

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