The 2013 version of the MV Agusta Rivale has been one of the most talked about bikes among the motoring circles ever since the company first released the official sketch of the bike few weeks ago. The bike is slated to be launched at the upcoming EICMA International Motorcycle Show but before that the company continues to push some details of the bike to the media to keep the buzz going. This time, the company has released some more pictures and details about the bike which gives us a proper look at the upcoming version and what to actually expect at the motor show. Looking at the pictures, it is clear that MV Agusta wants to take on the hypermotard market with the Rivale 800.
An interesting thing to note here is the bike bears a striking resemblance (the front visage looks very similar) with the Ducati Hypermotard. The chassis and the engine is derived from the Brutale 800. The Rivale is powered by the same 796cc, 3 cylinder engine that does duty on the MV Agusta Brutale 800. This again is a bumped up version of the MV Agusta’s 675cc engine. MV Agusta says that the displacement comes from an additional 8.4mm stroke to go with the existing 79mm bore and this configuration results in 125 horsepower at the crankshaft. Other features those have found their way to the bike include ride-by-wire, three engine maps, MV Agusta’s MVICS electronics package which has an eight-way adjustable traction control system and a lot more.
The Rivale 800 gets a signature steel-tube trellis frame that gives slightly more relaxed geometry than the Brutale 800. The bike has a kerb weight of 375 pounds. In the suspension area, the bike gets fully adjustable suspension components from Marzocchi and Sachs. Braking power is expected to be provided by 320mm discs with radial mount calipers from Brembo. About the design, the company quotes that the Rivale 800 exudes an emotive design from every angle. Most importantly, three elements, the mudguard, the side panels and the fuel tank are individually united to form a strong visual shield graphic that makes this machine instantly recognizable. Singularly MV Agusta. The Rivale 800 is set to go on sale in the summer of 2013.