By Troy Siahaan
The touring market is one in which MV Agusta has been all but absent. Focusing instead on its supersport and naked platforms, the folks in Varese have spent much effort fine tuning both model platforms into real contenders. However, MV was well aware it was losing out on a large part of the market with its absence of anything worthy of traveling long distances. That all changes now with the introduction of the Stradale.
MO’s European correspondent, Tor Sagen, brought us his first ride review in which he proclaimed the Stradale is “the best MV I have ever ridden.” Those are bold words considering MV’s lineup is stacked with 19 models for the 2015 model year. Recently, MV Agusta USA invited journalists to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California to sample some new 2015 models, including the Stradale. Clearly, the racetrack setting is not where the Stradale is meant to be, but my short time with it did reveal a few things. While a full Stateside road test will have to wait for another time, here are my quick impressions.
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Hop on the Stradale, and it’s hard to ignore the 34.2-inch seat height. My 5-foot, 8-inch frame had the tips of the toes on the ground, but the relatively narrow profile of the seat made its height more manageable. MV says it broadened the rear portion of the saddle compared to the Rivale in which it’s loosely based on, but the difference felt marginal to me. Nonetheless, the saddle is well padded, especially compared to MV’s sportbikes, which touring riders will be glad to hear. I didn’t have much fore/aft room to move around, however, so larger riders might want to take this into consideration.
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