Autolife Exclusive: Bucking Bronco


Photos: Hritik Shrestha


MV Agusta has always been a boutique type of manufacturer that never really went into fully-fledged mass production like its other Italian competitors, Ducati and Aprilia. The bikes it produces have a distinct character, for which the brand is renowned. The exotic bike manufacturer has had a fair share of ups and downs in its illustrious career: it has even filed for bankruptcy and been revived. Thank god that it has been revived, for we can still enjoy its works of art till this day. So when we had the opportunity to swing our leg over one, we just couldn’t contain our excitement. The model we tested was the Dragster 800 RR Pirelli edition, which is limited to 200 pieces worldwide, and the unit we got was number 150 out of the 200.


Design and features
The Dragster 800 RR is truly motorcycle art–as their slogan states. Look at it from whichever angle you want, but you will not be able to find a single bad angle on this beauty. The Pirelli edition, finished in a combination of white and blue, looks absolutely stunning. The blue accents to the exposed trellis frame and the wheel hub add a touch of elegance. The white rims, black spokes, and blue wheel hub look like a match made in heaven.
The side-slung 3-1-3 exhaust looks like a piece of musical instrument. MV Agusta has opted for the wheel-mounted fender for the model, and when that comes together with the short and sturdy rear end it makes for a very clean look. The mirrors are mounted on the bar ends, and you can open and close them as per your convenience. The LED DRLs (Daytime Running Lights) around the headlight give it a neo-classic look. The LED taillight looks like the mouth of an alien creature. The chunky 200/55 section rear tyre makes the bike look real thick from the rear end.
The wide and muscular tank imparts the Dragster an imposing character, while the short tail makes it stand out. The quirky hole under the seat is a very big eye-catcher even with so much more to see and appreciate on this bike.


Engine and performance
The Dragster is powered by a 798cc inline 3 engine producing 140 Bhp @ 12300 RPM and 87 Nm of torque @ 10100 RPM. When people labeled these bikes the bucking bronco they weren’t lying; it seems to be always on the lookout for the opportunity to lift its front wheel. Even when you have the traction control on the highest setting and on the smoothest riding mode, it still tries to get its wheel up. It demands your utmost respect and attention when you are riding it, and if you don’t give it respect, it will happily put you back in your place.
This distinct character is a very MV Agusta attribute, as its other bikes also have similar characteristics. The bike will do triple-digit speeds before you know it, plus the sound it makes from the inline 3 cylinder engine while it does that is just pure bliss. The sound the quick shifter and the auto blipper make when you shift without using the clutch is just magical.

Braking and suspension
The braking duties are taken care of by Brembo mono-block calipers on the front and the rear end, with a gripping pair of 320mm disc up front and a 220mm disc at the rear. The master cylinder is a mix bag, though, as it comes with Nissin ones and not the Brembo master cylinders. We are not sure as to why MV Agusta chose to mix two brands, instead of one, but this decision isn’t bad either, as the brakes are more than adequate to bring this bike to a halt. The ABS (Antilock Braking System) makes sure that even when you panic-brake, it doesn’t lock the wheel, to make maneuvering across obstacles easier.
The chunky 43mm Marzocchi upside-down forks come finished in an anodized black finish. It has spring-preload adjustment as well as rebound-compression damping adjustment. The rear suspension is taken care of by a Sachs unit, which also has preload adjustment and rebound-compression-damping adjustment.


Ride and handling
The ride is on the stiffer side, to make the handling of the bike better and more responsive. But we are not complaining at all. We would take better handling over comfort any day. The bike features a short wheelbase so it is very nimble. The Pirelli edition comes with Supercorsa tyres, as opposed to the usual Rosso II tyres. The Super sticky Supercorsa tyres provide a lot of grip and confidence. The 200/55 R17 tyres in the rear, paired with a 120/70 R17 section tyre, has enough width for you to lean over without the fear of running out of tyre. Another layer of confidence is added courtesy of the traction-control system: there are eight levels of variable traction control, which work to help keep the rubber side down.


Verdict
Because the dragster is priced at NPR 61,90,000, most can only dream of owning such a machine. The unit we tested, as we said earlier, is a limited edition version, of which there are only 200 pieces worldwide, so it made us want it even more. The bike is an absolute blast to ride around in, and taking it for a spin will put a big fat grin on your face. Heck, even just staring at it parked in your garage will put a smile on your face, and only a few will get to experience that feeling. If you have 62 lakhs just lying around and want to spend it on something that will be exciting and thrilling at the same time then look no further. This is an absolute dream machine and if you have the means to buy it then just go for it!


SPECIFICATIONS


Engine Type & Displacement: 798 cc Three cylinder, Liquid-cooled, 4 stroke, 12 valve
Max Power: 140 Bhp @ 12300 RPM
Max Torque: 87 Nm @ 10250 RPM
Fuel Supply: Fuel Injection
Clutch: Multi-disc wet clutch with hydraulic actuation and back torque limiting device
Gear Box: 6 Speed
Bore x Stroke: 79 mm x 54.3 mm
Compression Ratio: 13.3:1
Chassis: ALS Steel tubular trellis
Front Suspension: Marzocchi “UPSIDE DOWN” telescopic hydraulic fork with rebound-compression damping and spring preload external and separate adjustment
Rear Suspension: Progressive Sachs, single shock absorber with rebound and compression damping and spring preload adjustment
Length x Width: 2035 mm x 935 mm
Tank Capacity: 16.5 L
Saddle Height: 845 mm
Ground Clearance: 135 mm
Wheelbase: 1400 mm
Dry Weight: 175 kg
Tyres: 120/70 – ZR 17 (Front) | 200/55 – ZR 17 (Rear)
Brakes: Double Disc 320 mm (Front) | Disc 220 mm (Rear)
Price: NPR 61,90,000

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