This is our first glimpse at the rumoured MV Agusta Stradale 800, we can see that Varese is borrowing heavily from Ducati’s playbook. If the Rivale was MV Agusta’s response to the Ducati Hypermotard, then the Stradale is the company’s riff on the Ducati Hyperstrada, as our photo shows what appears to be a Rivale with bags and a windscreen attached.
To MV Agusta’s credit, our eagle eyes see that the touring bags have integrated signals, which is certainly a stylish and functional addition to the Rivale. We imagine they hide a reworked tail section as well. It also seems that the three-tip exhaust has been squared-off, similar to the Turismo Veloce, and perhaps a sign of MV Agusta’s new aesthetic with the three-cylinder models, which would bring them in-line with the four-cylinder bikes now.
We can presume that a different seat has also been added to the Stradale, helping “cush the tush” on those extra long trips. We would anticipate the same 798cc three-cylinder engine on this sport/ADV tourer, which is good for 125hp and 62 lbs•ft of torque.