When you for the first time ride the MV Agusta F3 800 you would be surprised how comfortable it is for an Italian sportsbike. Moreover, it seemed relatively unruffled tooling around at low to middling revs. Perhaps someone in the complaints department of this rapidly expanding company has been listening to customer feedback about oddball fueling, rock hard suspension and the like.
The MV Agusta F3 800 retains the wonderful features of the MV Agusta F3 675, like its inspired handling and steering, and moves the entire game on by adding a solid helping of midrange grunt and more than a hint of velvet to the by-wire fueling process. Meaning you don't have to ride the F3 800 at high revs to understand what all the fuss is about.
And that genuinely mean an MV Agusta that you can ride at 110km/h without it feeling like it wants to spit you off and wail away towards the horizon by itself. It eve a motorcycle deserved a most improved award compared with its 675cc cousin, this is it. The particular bright red MV Agusta F3 800 we rode would pull without any difficulty from 5,000rpm in top gear, something the MV Agusta F3 675 would only have done when you went downhill. The MV Agusta F3 800 also feels happy to cruise around town in fourth gear at 50km/h, without snatching or complaining. The reason for its new-found inner strength is no secret, the 800cc engine retains the bore dimensions of the screaming 675 and gains the extra 125cc solely by a lengthening of the stroke from 45.9 to 54.3mm. That takes displacement to 798cc and power from 94 (126 hp) to 109kW (148 horsepower), produced at 13,000rpm, while torque went up from 71 to 88Nm at 10,600rpm.
Okay, so the engine doesn't quite rev that high but 13,500rpm is sufficient. And because this engine actually has proper midrange as opposed to the 675cc engine, you can ride it on all roads I can imagine in Thailand without ever feeling that the motorcycle is holding you back.