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And there we have it – two very dif­fer­ent bikes, both aim­ing for the same kind of cus­tomers, yet both also fall­ing a lit­tle short of firmly nail­ing the job in a few cru­cial ar­eas. Cru­cial, if you take into ac­count ev­ery­thing we’re look­ing for here – a tour­ing bike that still gets your

sport­ing or naughty juices re­ally flow­ing, but also meet­ing the cri­te­ria peo­ple ex­pect for bikes to pound the mileage on.

We would never have ex­pected, de­spite the dif­fer­ence in ca­pac­ity, that the MV Agusta would be the one fall­ing short in the sport­ing-fun de­part­ment. How­ever, this is

be­cause of very laud­able hard work un­der­taken by MV, work which could ac­tu­ally tempt those who aren’t both­ered about act­ing the bik­ing goat much any more, in their di­rec­tion. The Ve­loce Lusso is by far the smoothest, most ac­com­plished and seem­ingly com­plete MV Agusta that I’ve ever rid­den. It is also, I think, a re­mark­ably good road bike for all uses and is even su­perb on fuel as it felt as though I barely ever had to fill her up.

Be­ing Euro 4 it’s fairly quiet bar the en­gine and air­box rum­ble, though an after­mar­ket ex­haust would not only al­low the triple to sing, it would likely re­turn the edge to the en­gine that the stock setup is miss­ing. Yet, again, this doesn’t stop it from be­ing a very, very good mo­tor­cy­cle. In fact Jonny, while a Fast Bikes man if not a Fast Biker him­self per se, at one point said: “The MV is just about ev­ery­thing I could ever want from a mo­tor­cy­cle, not too fast or slow, and does ev­ery­thing I would ever need per­fectly”

– high praise in­deed!

But were I to go down the Ve­loce route, I would hon­estly choose the non-elec­tronic sus­pended ver­sion my­self (£13,490). Hav­ing rid­den one of those a lot in the past, I al­ready know I’d pre­fer the chas­sis when I’m rid­ing it like I stole it, even if it lacked the over­all cul­ti­vated ride qual­ity of the Lusso.

This means that in the ma­jor­ity of ways, the Yamaha would be our choice of the pair.

For starters it’s sig­nif­i­cantly cheaper than the Ital­ian ex­ot­ica MV at £12,289, sav­ing you a good £4,055, and is a grand cheaper than the stock Ve­loce too. It’s ob­vi­ously faster given the ex­tra cylin­der and ca­pac­ity, and re­ally is one very, very naughty girl when you want her to be, and quite of­ten when you don’t as well! It ticks off all the FB stunt­ing and thrash­ing boxes a treat, and even though the fuel con­sump­tion isn’t par­tic­u­larly great when you de­cide you want to re­peat­edly let its dark side out of the box, it’s so much fun we can let it off the hook a tad. But, then again, if you’re look­ing for that long dis­tance an­gle, said dark side needs to be kept firmly un­der lock and key to achieve it and even then, it still won’t match other ma­chines in the rel­e­vant classes.

What Yamaha have done here in re­al­ity, is stick on a plethora of bits and pieces from their of­fi­cial range of ac­ces­sories which you may have con­sid­ered adding any­way, af­fixed the words ‘Tourer Edi­tion’ to its moniker, and made it slightly cheaper than buy­ing all the bits sep­a­rately. There’s noth­ing wrong with that at all re­ally, is there?

There are other op­tions mind you, see­ing as KTM and oth­ers cre­ate gen­uine ad­ven­ture/ tour­ing ma­chines that pos­sess go­nads more than hearty enough to thrill and sat­isfy. Yet one of this pair could still be right up your street – go try them out, and you’ll see ex­actly what we mean.

The MT was right up Rue de Fast Bikes.

Great bike but... miss­ing some­thing.

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