5. MV Agusta Stradale 800

MV Agusta Stradale 800 My reasons for liking the MV Agusta Stradale 800 are quite simple. First of all, look at it. What a beauty! Second, that 798cc Triple is immensely fun. Now that MV Agusta has finally nailed its EFI mapping, my largest complaint about MV’s Triples (wonky low-speed fueling) seems to be a thing of the past. Third, with similar DNA to the Rivale, which is another outrageously fun motorcycle in its own right, building a pseudo touring version by slapping on an adjustable windscreen and saddlebags seems to be a brilliant idea.

2014 EICMA: 2015 MV Agusta Stradale 800 Preview

MV also addressed the biggest issue facing the Rivale – a tiny 3.4-gallon fuel tank – and expanded it to 4.2 gallons. It’s a step in the right direction, but for the Stradale 800 to have any real touring aspirations, even light-duty touring, it’ll either need more capacity or find a way to be incredibly miserly with its consumption. Considering this, and the fact MV delayed a year in producing the Rivale after showing it at EICMA 2012, and again stalled with the Turismo Veloce it showed at EICMA 2013, it’s understandable hype around the Stradale 800 isn’t what it could be.