Ultimate 2023 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce RC SCS Motorcycle Review: Unveiling Performance, Features, and More

Motorcycles First Drives: The Ultimate Adventure Superbike

Published: October 02, 2023 • Read Time: 7 minutes

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The Superskinny Supersport for Adventure Lovers

Have you finally outgrown your CBR600RR or GSX-R600? Maybe it’s time to trade in your Team Green’s 636. Or perhaps you’ve been missing the thrills of riding an R6, even though they’re no longer producing street-legal versions. But with back pains, stiff knees, or arthritic wrists, it’s challenging to enjoy the same bum-up clip-on’ed sports bikes.

But what if there was a bike that could provide the same exhilarating experience as a 600cc supersport with the comfort of an adventure bike? Imagine a Yamaha R6 with the upright seating position of a Tenere 700, or a Honda CBR with the Africa Twin’s full-coverage fairing. Don’t forget Kawasaki’s ZX-6R transformed into an adventure-style bike. Well, here’s the good news – MV Agusta, the maker of exotic superbikes, has done just that.

Meet the Turismo Veloce, a modified version of the 800cc MV Agusta F3. It combines the coziness of an adventure touring bike with sporty appeal. With an adjustable windscreen, additional touring accessories, and saddlebags, this bike is ready for long-distance adventures.

But, of course, it’s not perfect. However, if you’re dreaming of reliving your younger, faster days without the discomfort of aging joints, the Turismo Veloce might be just what you need.

The Engine that Shines

No exaggeration, the Turismo Veloce’s 798cc triple engine is simply the best in its class. With impressive torque and 110 horsepower, this power-packed engine offers a delightful riding experience. And the sound it produces – a mix of an inline four and a big twin – is nothing short of spectacular. You’ll find yourself shifting down just to savor the roar of this Italian beauty. The engine’s superior performance even allows you to comfortably cruise at 3000 rpm without needing to shift gears constantly. Imagine effortlessly tackling the Stelvio Pass, listening to the triple howl as you conquer the winding roads.

Unmatched Handling

Believe it or not, the 2023 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce handles better with a passenger than any other adventure bike does on its own. This bike is in a league of its own when it comes to responsive handling and maneuverability. With a weight of just 421 pounds and a short wheelbase of 56.7 inches, the Turismo Veloce effortlessly cuts through corners like a sports bike. The slightly inclined steering stem, along with the adventure-style handlebar, allows for precise and nimble handling.

What’s more surprising is that you don’t need to adjust the rear spring preload to experience quick steering. MV Agusta’s engineers have fine-tuned the chassis to provide maximum fun right off the bat. And the result is truly magical.

Comfortable Enough for the Long Haul

While the Turismo Veloce might not be as comfortable as a Gold Wing, it surpasses expectations in terms of rider comfort. Thanks to the lowered seat height of 830mm, even riders of average height can plant both feet on the ground securely. The reach to the handlebars feels perfect, and the taller windscreen offers adequate protection from wind and debris. Engine vibrations are minimal, and the torquey nature of the engine makes cruising at 100 mph feel effortless. The bike even comes with a good infotainment system, high-quality saddlebags, and a well-cushioned seat for a surprisingly comfortable ride. You won’t find anything else in the market that offers such an engaging and comfortable experience.

Improved Build Quality

MV Agusta has made notable improvements in its overall build quality. While the engines are still hand-assembled, they now go through controlled torque settings, ensuring precision and consistency. Wiring harnesses, often a weak point in Italian bikes, are now constructed with higher quality. Additionally, each engine undergoes a 20-minute quality control test. These improvements should provide reassurance to potential buyers.

However, it’s essential to note that owning a Turismo Veloce is not a guarantee of perfection. However, with valve service intervals of 30,000 kilometers and MV Agusta’s commitment to quality, there’s a lot to be confident about when investing in this bike.

A Few Minor Drawbacks

While the Turismo Veloce has many exceptional features, it does have a few areas for improvement. At the time of testing, MV Agusta did not have a top case available for the bike, meaning it lacked rear luggage. Luckily, they promised the release of a Givi 47-litre Monokey unit by the end of October. This oversight can be forgiven, but it does limit the bike’s capability for two-up touring, making the Turismo Veloce more suitable for solo adventures.

Another drawback is the new Skyhook suspension system introduced in 2023. This semi-active system uses position sensors and gyroscopes to maintain stability. While it works seamlessly with a single rider, it doesn’t adjust the rear spring preload to compensate for added weight. This becomes problematic when riders have varying loads, such as luggage or passengers. For a bike meant for touring, a suspension system that automatically adjusts to different loads would have been ideal.

In conclusion, the 2023 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce is an adventure bike that embodies the spirit of a supersport. With its powerful engine, excellent handling, and improved build quality, it offers a thrilling riding experience. While it may not be perfect, it still stands out as a unique and captivating option for riders looking to balance comfort and performance on long journeys. If you’re ready to revive your youthful spirit without sacrificing your physical well-being, the Turismo Veloce might be the bike for you.


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