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post #11 of 30 (permalink) Old 09-02-2019, 11:05 PM
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One-year owners review of MV Agusta 2018 Dragster 800 RR
Background: bike bought new here in Houston from MVA dealer. I traded a Triumph 675 Street Triple RX, staying with a high performance, lightweight triple engine. I enjoy the triple combination of power, sound, torque and light weight. I am a 65 year old "experienced" rider and also own a Moto Guzzi V7 III Special. I find the two bikes complementary.
We appear to be living parallel lives, but on the other side of the globe from each other.


I had a Triumph (albeit a Daytona 675), I have a Motto Guzzi V7 (albeit a V7 Racer) and I am in my sixties (though I am only just sixty years young!).


I know this is the Brutale Forum (and I have an F3), but hey we share a love for the MV brand!


I ordered my first F3 from the first press release pictures and then patiently waited about 18 months for the bike to arrive. Luckily I had the Daytona at the time, so I already had a light weight, good handling 3 cylinder to keep me smiling.


While waiting for the F3, MV announced the F3 ORO and the dealer said he could secure me one. As tempted as I was, the head overruled the heart and I stayed with waiting for the 'standard' F3 to arrive.


Anyways ... about a month before my F3 arrived, two beautiful ORO's arrived at the dealer and I was invited down to come and have a look. It took all of about 2 seconds to realise the head is not always right!


The ORO's were all pre-purchased and sold out, so the standard F3 it would have to be.


Eventually the F3 arrived and I was then the proud owner of two light weight, great handling 3 cylinder motorcycles. And while I was more 'comfortable and familiar' with the Daytona (and the F3 had all of the early mapping issues), I much rather preferred the MV over the Daytona (don't listen to what any Triumph aficionado says - the MV handles better!)


A year passes by, and an ORO came up for sale in Sydney with only 230 kilometres on the clock! One phone call and a few emails later and the ORO is on a truck and starting it's 4,000Km journey to WA.


A dilemma though - do your really need three 3 cylinder motorcycles? That damned head gets involved again and says no; but fortunately the heart won this time and the Daytona was sold off - now the proud owner of two MV's - all so similar, but all so different!


And do the mono block brakes and upgraded Ohlin's on the ORO make a difference over the standard F3 - damned right it does! and the standard F3 rarely gets a look in - time for it to go. Let's try something completely different and it gets traded in on the V7 Racer.


So ... without derailing your thread too much :-), I have had an MV since the first F3 was delivered into WA back in 2012. My personal experience with MV has been excellent (apart for the [tiny] gear shift indicator on the dash showing the wrong gear [which there is a fix for - but who looks at this anyway]). I have never had one issue with either of my MV's.


Would I buy another MV- in a heart beat. The ORO is here to stay, but the V7 for a Dragster RR (love those spoked wheels) you never know ...
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post #12 of 30 (permalink) Old 09-03-2019, 07:38 AM
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Nice write up. Glad you are still enjoying the MV. I live in Galveston and was wondering who you are going to use for service. Houston shop or someone else. We need to go for a ride some time. Ride safe. Houston traffic is scary !!!!

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Nice write up. Glad you are still enjoying the MV. I live in Galveston and was wondering who you are going to use for service. Houston shop or someone else. We need to go for a ride some time. Ride safe. Houston traffic is scary !!!!

Thanks , Bubba
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Great to hear from a local area MV rider! I sometimes ride down Galveston way on a big loop.

Here is my best shot at Houston area MV service: Motorcycles Unlimited. I contacted them, and they say yes, and they have an absolutely stellar reputation from the MotoHouston Forum members. Without MU, I may have traded my MV by now. I have not tried MU yet though.

https://motorcycles-unlimited.com

The other possible is MonkeyMoto near Dallas: a bonafide MV dealer, and also stellar reputation. I met them at COTA in Austin last April. If I have a significant warranty issue, I will contact MM and ship the bike?

https://www.monkeymoto.com

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Saw of Black and Gold,

I much appreciate your positive comment! I enjoy writing, and did a lot of technical writing in my 40 year oil exploration career as a geoscientist. "Clear writing is clear thinking". Was planning a breakfast ride this morning to meet fellow retired motorcycle enthusiasts on Labor Day-- had to cancel due to heavy rain. Maybe it will clear later?
So true, about clear thinking. I have four kids and writing a well formed paper in high school or college for them was a challenge. The word choices, run on sentences, continuity of thought and a simple message were so difficult to read when being reviewed that the whole paper might better be scrapped and started over. Writing should be good enough that the reader might want to read it twice. I do not think english composition is what it used to be in this age of communicating with your thumbs.


Your piece was easy to read and informative.
It is refreshing to hear "iron butt" type guys in their mid sixties opining about their love for the MV.

I rode the demo RR from Ducshop out of Atlanta this weekend and what a blast. I do not know if it was the horse power or the pipes, but the acceleration was apparently different than my TVL. I immediately noticed my head over the steering head and quite air. I loved the RR, but back on the TVL with the upright ergonomics, and I knew I was riding the right bike for me.
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TVL has 110 horsepower.
An Dragster RR has 140 horsepower.

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....and its sad
The TVL is also 60 pounds heavier than the Dragster.

BTW the Turislow also goes a whole lot of a lot farther than the Dragster on a full tank.

And if peepul knew how to change engine map
in rain mode the Turislow has even less ponies.

Here with a blanket cynical speed limit 50mph or less, harshly enforced for motorcycles
I wonder how many fellows Dragsteristi enjoy their awesome 30 horses advantage (at 12 300 rpm!)
Over the winded sluggish asthmaticTurislow.

Sad indeed
very sad
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Here's some of my initial thoughts on another forum i'm on


Initial 16k

https://netrider.net.au/reviews/mv-a...r.1218/reviews


Bike 36k review

https://netrider.net.au/threads/mv-a...7#post-3456224

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Great write up Greg - a pleasure to read an objective review....would love to read an update in 12k's
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GeorgeO,

Great write ups, thanks!

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