A series of photographs of the MV Agusta Dragster 800RR have been leaked by Dutch online motorcycle website Nieuwsmotor before it is officially unveiled at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan on November 4.
The most eye-catching aspect of the three-cylinder Dragster are the beautiful spoked wheels in red-white and red-black. The Kineo wheels were previously released in a teaser video which had industry pundits expecting ether an adventure bike or retro model.
The Dragster 800RR will come equipped with a steering damper, but other technical data is not yet available. It is powered by the 798cc three-cylinder engine with 93kW (125hp) and 81Nm, but whether it has been tweaked for more power and torque, we don’t know.
Surely something must have changed apart from the wheels to deserve an RR model name, however, even the suspension looks the same with Marzocchi upside-down forks and a Sachs monoshock.
Kevin Beale, sales manager for Australian importers Cento Percento, says they have placed production orders for the Dragster 800RR and expect to receive the first shipment in January but have no pricing details yet.
As for the “standard” Dragster 800 ($20490 ride-away), the importers have received two consignments so far. “Early on, prior to production start-up, we had underestimated demand for this model in the Australian marketplace,” Kevin says. “And this is compounded by the fact that we are a small distributor dealing with a small manufacturer who can’t always give us the exact model mix we need in each consignment. The Dragster has been an instant hit and so far all units have been retailed within days of reaching a dealer, so our network has no stock or demos on floor to show prospects and we have no press bikes. Eventually of course we will be able to match supply with demand – it just takes a few months. We don’t even have one for our display at Motorclassica this weekend.”