MV Agusta Imports is trying to gain market share and riders who like ther sexy looks of the Rivale 800 hypermotard are the beneficiaries.
Director James Deutscher has announced a $1000 price drop together with a host of free accessories that would normally cost almost $3000.
“We are always looking to get as many bikes as possible on the road as we grow the brand and the Rivale is a truly new market segment for MV which we want to attack particularly aggressively,” he says.
The Rivale 800 is the company’s belated entry into the hypermotard category which has been dominated by Italian rival Ducati with their Hypermotard 820.
It was originaly planned to be released at $19,990 but arrived at $1000 more. MV Agusta has now dropped that $1000 and added the free accessories.
The Rivale 800 Mv Corse Special Parts Kit includes:
Rivale Emboyded Bike Cover $459.62
Rivale Anti-Theft System $419.32
Mv Corsa Brake Cap $175.10
Mv Corsa Billett Brake Lever $375.80
Mv Corsa Billett Clutch Lever $375.80
Mv Corsa Non Slip Seat $496.08
Mv Corsa Racing Air Filter $283.50
Mv Corsa Carbon Ignition Cover $340.16
Mv Microfibre Cloth Pack $20.00
Total value $2945.38
The price, including those extras, slots in between the Ducati Hyermotard 820 which starts at $16,990 and the SP version is $20,490.
The Rivale 800 is based heavily on the Brutale 800, but has a bored-out version of their 675cc triple with 92kW of power at the stratospheric revs of 12,000rpm and maximum torque of 84Nm at a more conservative 8600 revs.
There are three new engine maps which are claimed to produce smoother response than previous jerky models with fly-by-wire throttle. The maps are: sports, normal, wet and a customisable map. There are also eight levels of traction control.
The Rivale 800 has a steel trellis frame, single-sided aluminium swingarm, Marzocchi forks and Sachs shock, and has a dry weight of just 178kg.
It comes with a quickshifter and a new digital dashboard with a multi-function display.