Far harder to say than it is to ride, the MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 RC SCS is a technological tour de force that sees the iconic Italian company turn its considerable engineering prowess – and expertise usually focused on razor-sharp sportsbikes and fire-breathing nakeds – to the sportstouring niche, where performance and handling share equal billing with ergonomics and practicality.
And for this, MV Agusta’s first appearance in the Bikesales Bike of the Year Awards, it’s hit the nail on the head with the Turismo Veloce 800 RC SCS – the highest-spec member of MV’s Turismo Veloce family that’s also equipped with MV’s new Smart Clutch System for lightning-quick automated gear shifting.
The SCS system sees the clutch lever retained so the Turismo Veloce 800 RC SCS can be ridden like a traditional bike, or the rider can simple opt to ride it in fully automatic mode. The system also sees the bike come with a park brake, to prevent the bike from rolling away at rest depending on whether the SCS is engaged or not.
Priced at $35,890 ride away, the MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 RC SCS falls firmly at the premium end of the sportstouring segment – as, could be argued, did the $26,995 KTM SuperDuke 1290 GT that represented the category in last year’s Bikesales Bike of the Year Awards – but just a few moments aboard this machine soon reveals its considerable charms.
We’re not talking about prodigious levels of power and torque here – the 798cc triple produces a claimed 110hp (81kW) at 10,150rpm and 80Nm at 7100rpm – but when the available grunt is on tap in a fairly svelte 192kg (dry) package with superb suspension, a taut chassis and powerful brakes, you have a recipe for pure riding pleasure.
It’s narrow through the flanks and very agile – in short, it’s a delight to punt hard through a set of corners, and wouldn’t be out of place on a track day.
The 2019 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 RC SCS is available in a trick red/black/white/green livery.