8. MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800/Lusso
What is it?
It’s the first sporty and fully faired sport-touring motorcycle from an Italian company since Ducati’s sadly departed ST series and the Aprilia Futura were killed off almost a decade ago. MV’s Turismo Veloce (“touring speed,” roughly) utilizes the endearing and charismatic 800cc Triple first seen in the Brutale 800 and most recently in the F3 800, but in this new guise cloaked for day-long comfort in the saddle over many miles. The retuned 798cc Triple is rated at 125 hp, which, combined with only about 450 pounds of weight, is said to yield the best power-to-weight ratio in its class.
Why are we excited to ride it?
We’re expecting MV to have more naturally tuned throttle responses by the time the Turismo Veloce rolls off the production line late this year with the 2.0 version of its MVICS electronics and a new Mikuni fuel-injection system. The TV800 is layered with a suite of touring accoutrements like a 5-inch TFT color instrument display (the largest ever on two wheels), a next-generation quickshifter that allows clutch-less upshifts and downshifts and an LED headlight. Upgrading to the Lusso version includes a semi-active suspension, hardshell saddlebags and heated grips. Given these specs, it’s difficult to imagine a more entertaining motorcycle on which to dissect a twisty road headed toward the next state. Or the one after.