By Troy Siahaan
MV Agusta today announced an updated range for the Superveloce family. What started as a limited-edition motorcycle with eye-catching styling inspired by MVs from the past has received so much fanfare that MV has pumped it into full production. So, what does a new year bring? Not much, except for one major improvement.
New for 2021, the Superveloce family finally joins the modern era of sportbikes and receives an IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit, in case you didn’t know). However, instead of teaming up with a more well-known company like Bosch for the IMU, like many other manufacturers have, MV instead has partnered with a firm a little closer to home – Milan-based e-Novia.
An IMU isn’t very exciting to look at, but it’s a vital tool on corner exits.
The addition of the IMU brings with it the advantages you expect: Cornering-ABS and lean-sensitive traction control chief among them, both of which can now act in a more predictive manner instead of reacting strictly on variance in wheel speeds. The Front Lift Control (FLC) also takes advantage of the IMU to give maximum drive. Also new is the Launch Control feature, letting the rider launch the bike at full throttle, with the clutch the only thing they have to navigate. Of course, while not new for ‘21, cruise control is back. Much to everyone’s delight (or at least those of us on the MO staff).
Other electronic updates include new firmware and mapping to give the rider more precise and refined throttle control, and a third-generation of MV’s EAS QuickShift function that works in both directions, with revised settings for more precise shifts. From a multimedia perspective, the 5.5-inch TFT screen is still there, and the bike is still compatible with the MV Ride app. But now a new joystick on the left …read more