MV Agus­tas’ Stradale 800 ‘is out of this world’

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - Wheels Re­porter.

THE 2015 MV Agusta Stradale 800 is the tour­ing ver­sion of the Ri­vale. If rid­ing 10 hours a day on the Ri­vale sounds al­right for you, then the added lug­gage sys­tem and the wind­screen should def­i­nitely make you smile.

“The new Stradale 800 Tourer is re­ally some­thing out of this world, mak­ing it the classi­est tour­ers in the world said the me­dia at the Mi­lan show where it was re­cently launched to the public and the me­dia,” said Craig Lang­ton, prin­ci­pal dealer at Cayenne Group.

“We will be launch­ing this new model at R159 900 in­clu­sive of all the added value of­fers, such as the three-year free ser­vice plan, 0% de­posit, up to 72 months to pay, guar­an­teed trade-in fa­cil­ity, above book value, guar­an­teed buy back at 60% af­ter three years and 24 hour road-side as­sist,” said Lang­ton — all part of the Cayenne strat­egy of mak­ing mo­tor­cy­cles more af­ford­able to all.

The 2015 Stradale of­fers 115 hp at 11 000 rpm and max torque is 78,5 Nm. The bike benefits from the elec­tron­i­cally as­sisted shift­ing, the eight lev­els of trac­tion con­trol and four map­pings for trac­tion con­trol.

As far as sus­pen­sions go, the 2015 MV Agusta Stradale 800 is equipped with the same ar­ray of Mar­zoc­chi forks and a Sachs rear damper, with un­changed travel fig­ures. The ground clear­ance ap­pears to have also been slightly re­duced, and this makes the 870 mm tall seat a bit more ac­ces­si­ble to rid­ers with a shorter reach.

The frame is the tra­di­tional steel trel­lis tube, and stop­ping power comes from dual 320 mm front ro­tors and a sin­gle 220 mm one. ABS is sup­plied by Bosch, and is the same unit which equips the new 800 RR ma­chines, the 9 Plus, with rear wheel lift-up mit­i­ga­tion.

The 2015 Stradale 800 is more like a Du­cati Hyper­strada, tour­ing gear added to the base ver­sion of a bike, and chang­ing one or two dig­its in the price fig­ure.

“Here is a class Ital­ian ma­chine with a tour­ing pack­age that stands way ahead of its com­pe­ti­tion for looks, style, per­for­mance and han­dling,” said Lang­ton.

“We are al­ready tak­ing or­ders for th­ese units …” —

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

Cayenne have started tak­ing or­ders for the new MV Agusta Stradale 800.

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