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Motorbike Mondays: MV Agusta Dragster RR Review

January 12, 2015

The weekend’s over, but what better way to start your week than with an all-new edition of Motorbike Mondays? In today’s review, we’ll be taking a closer look at the MV Agusta Dragster RR. Last year was an interesting one for the Italian motorcycle manufacturer. They had a huge hit with the MV Agusta Dragster 800, which sold three times the predicted number of units. Unfortunately, at the end of the year, MV Agusta’s factory flooded, halting their production for weeks.

But, with the help of new British partners Daimler, the company made a quick recovery and released a new model to capitalise on the popularity of their Dragster 800: The MV Agusta Dragster RR. So what’s the story? Let’s dive in.

MV Agusta Dragster RR

Original image by Klaus Nahr

Design

The design of the MV Agusta Dragster RR is creative to say the least. MV Agusta is known for creating interesting and innovative new looks, and the Dragster RR is no exception to the rule. The gorgeously wire-spoked back tire is several times fatter than the front tire, creating a unique asymmetry between the front and back end of the bike. The engine is positively stark naked and is accentuated by the seat, which seems to be placed high above the mechanical parts. When mounted on the Dragster RR, the driver evokes images of a cowboy riding a wild bull. The wide bar-end mirrors of the standard dragster are kept, creating one gorgeous, ground-breaking motorcycle.

Features

The 798cc engine of the Dragster is still there, but has seen upgrades to both the intake and exhaust – boosting the MV Agusta Dragster RR by 15bhp, for a total of 140bhp. An electronic quick-shifter cycles through the six speed gearbox without the use of a clutch, which seriously refines the bike’s handling. MV Agusta has also succumbed to public demand, as the fuel problems that plagued the Dragster 800 have been completely eradicated here. A last feature worth mentioning is the fact that the Dragster RR has four driving modes, including one that is completely customisable – resulting a bike that rides like it was built with you in mind.

Performance

The 140bhp translates to a top speed of around 155mph and the bike returns about 40 miles to the gallon. The brakes of the Dragster RR are incredibly powerful, which is why the bison-like hump of the seat keeps your weight from sliding forward. The fat back tire looks amazing – and although you’re sacrificing some smoothness in the name of style, we think on this occasion it’s a fair trade-off.

MV Agusta Dragster RR Back wheel

Original image by Klaus Nahr

If you want to ride something unique, powerful and utterly creative, the MV Agusta Dragster RR could be your dream bike. With a starting price of £13,299, it’s not the cheapest naked middleweight bike on the market – but it’s definitely the most unique in its class. And if you need a little help finding the funds, you can always check out our dedicated motorbike finance page. Our team of experts specialist in motorbike finance – so if you’re ready to get this show on the road, simply try out our online finance calculator today for an instant quote.

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.