Test Ride: MV Agusta F3 800 may prove to be an impulsive purchase for practical Indian

Feb 19, 2017, 10:08 IST | Sarmad Kadiri

The MV Agusta F3 800, probably one of the finest supersports in the market, may prove to be an impulsive purchase for the practical Indian

We are staring at the MV Agusta F3 800 in awe. Just like a perfect hourglass figure, the chiselled fuel tank narrows down till it meets the seat and again flares out towards the rear. The sharp nose and trademark exhaust with its three short pipes on the right scream out MV Agusta’s rich lineage.

In spite of the focused riding position, the bike has a fairly low saddle height; clip-on handlebar position and short petrol tank help make it friendlier and comfortable than most others.

Every angle is carefully sculpted for maximum aesthetic appeal and performance
Every angle is carefully sculpted for maximum aesthetic appeal and performance 

This makes the MV Agusta F3 800 pass the first test. Things like choppy low-speed rideability, sudden burst of power, firm ride quality and engine heat at city speeds could impose a hurdle for people thinking of buying it.

The F3 comes to life with a familiar three-pot sound from the short, curved pipes. Feeding just a little gas and holding it steadily, we wring the throttle to slow down to check the power delivery and throttle response. It’s close to perfect.

The all digital tacho is a little difficult to read when moving
The all digital tacho is a little difficult to read when moving

And in no time it became clear that the MV’s mid-range delivery is as strong as it looked on paper. The 88 Nm of torque ensures that you can cruise at 80 km/h even at top gear.

MV’s light, ride-by-wire throttle action requires a delicate right wrist to show you what it has got. The usual three-cylinder vibration starts to iron out as it crosses 8,000 rpm, with the thrilling exhaust signalling you to shift up. Slotting gears through the standard quick-shifter, the 798-cc triple is quick to show off its 148 PS and keeps climbing rapidly till 13,000 rpm.

The F3 is quick and flexible, which is easy to adapt, be it in city roads or on track. The Marzocchi front suspension is well damped, precise and soaks up pretty much every road undulation. Although the setup is on the firm side, the MV doesn’t have the usual harshness of many supersports that can rattle your spine.

The front 43-mm forks have been perfectly tuned to deal with the fierce power of the Brembo front brakes. At the end of a fast straight, a light tap on the brake lever makes the MV bury its nose, shedding speed quickly and still being composed for the corner. Stability was never a concern during our short stint.

However, always bear in mind that this is a racy, sharp tool, which doesn’t reciprocate well with clumsy moves. It’s a bike honed to perfection for speed. And that’s the reason the F3 comes with eight-level traction control system and ABS.

However, at Rs 19.93 lakh (ex-showroom, Pune) the MV Agusta F3 800 won’t appeal to the practical mind and number crunchers might consider the much more affordable Triumph Daytona 675 or the exotic Ducati Panigale 959 which is also a couple of lakhs cheaper. The MV Agusta makes you feel special and it has to be an emotional decision and an impulsive purchase.

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