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THE ITALIAN JOB

Into your sporty tourers? Well MV tell us they’ve created the sportiest of them all; an F3 800 you can ride to work on, with an innovative clutch system thrown in for good measure. Meet the Turismo Veloce 800 Lusso SCS…
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Between you and me, even though I’m not 70 years old, I do love a good sports tourer. You can piss about all day, hoon your tits off and still arrive at your destination with your wrists and bum cheeks intact. The problem is though, even the sportiest of sports tourers aren’t really sharp enough, so when the invite came through to test out MV Agusta’s Turismo Veloce 8 00 Lusso SC S which is said to accelerate almost as quickly as a World Superbike, I couldn’t wait to get my mits on one…

With a price tag of over 17 and a half grand, you’d like to think that the Turismo Veloce 8 00 L usso SC S is packing some serious punch in the tech department – and thankfully the Italian brand haven’t disappointed. The big hitter on offer here is the clutch, which will leave your left hand free to flick people off as you effortlessly hit 6 0mph in an impressive 3.15 seconds. Sounds weird, right? Well this is all thanks to the SC S, or Smooth C lutch System, which means you don’t have to touch the clutch lever whatsoever, whether stopping, starting or manoeuvring at slow speeds, although the lever is still there for the purpose of popping minging wheelies – or something like that. Don’t mix the SC S up with the weighty D C T or un-sporty CVT styles you’ve seen before though, as it’s essentially a standard manual gearbox with an automatic Rekluse clutch, which engages in gear as the engine revs, and is then electronically controlled via the EC U to balance the amount of clutch slip to how much gas you’re giving. So basically, the EC U takes over from your left hand! C lever, eh? And it’s not just the clutch that’s new either, as MV have equipped the same powerplant you’d find in the Brutale 8 00RR (with the same upgraded jazz to meet Euro 4 regs with the same power figures) with new transmission, balance shaft, primary gear set and a load of ECU algorithms for good measure. Throw that combo into the same gorgeous chassis from the previous Turismo Veloce with some new electronically dampened Sachs suspension, and you’re left with the lightest bike in its sector, with the best power to weight ratio in its class. Die hard tourers shouldn’t fret though, as it’s not all sport and no tour; MV have cleverly equipped some slightly lower pegs and higher bars (with heated grips), a 2 1.5 litre tank, impressively designed 30-litre panniers and a range of engine maps for a smoother ride – if that’s what you fancy.

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