MV AGUSTA DRAGSTER 800 ROSSO

INTRODUCTION

MV AGUSTA DRAGSTER 800 ROSSO is an updated version of CB Unicorn 150 with major changes in all most aspects. So what are those major tweaks at an expense of extra 6000 – 7000 rupees ?. Unicorn 150 is losing grip in the market as it is ageing and rivals are now outperforming. So does Unicorn 160 perform the role of successor quite well? Time to inspect.

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KEY SPECIFICATIONS

DISPLACEMENT

798cc

MILEAGE

10-20km/l

POWER

100PS @ 11.500rpm

TORQUE

83N.m @ 7.600rpm

FUEL SYSTEM

FUEL INJECTION

TANK CAPACITY

16.5 liters

REAR SUSPENSION

SINGLE SHOCK ABSORBER

KERB WEIGHT

168kg

SPECIAL FEATURES

1
SMART CLUTCH SYSTEM
2
SPECIAL METALLIC EFFECT
3
HIGH PERFORMANCE
4
PERFECT BALANCE
5
INLINE-FOUR-CYLINDER
6
TRACTION CONTROL
7
TAIL FARING
8
BREMBO STYLEMA CALIPERS
9
DESIGNED AIRBOX
10
STYLISH STRIP
11
DISTRIBUTION CHAIN
12
LIQUID-COOLED

Full Specifications

City 10-15km/l
Highway 15-20km/l
Speedometer Digital
Tachometer Yes
Tripmeter Yes
Fuel Guage Yes
Low Fuel Indicator Yes
Low Battery Indicator No
Low Oil Indicator No
Start Type Electric
Kill Switch Yes
Clock Yes
ABS Yes
Stand Alarm No
Tyres (F) 120/70 - ZR 17 M/C (58 W)
Tyres (R) 200/55 - ZR 17 M/C (73 W)
Brakes (F) Double floating disc with Ø 320mm
Brakes (R) Single steel disc with Ø 220mm
Front Suspension 43mm Marzocchi “UPSIDE DOWN” aluminium
Rear Suspension single shock absorber
Wheelbase 1400mm
Ground Clearance 135mm
Length x Width x Height 2045mmx 875mm x 830mm
Kerb Weight 168Kg
Fuel Capacity 16.5l
Electrical System 12V
Battery Li-ion12 V - 4.0 Ah
Head Lamp LED
Engine Type Three Cylinder, 4 Stroke
Displacement 798cc
Power 100PS @ 11.500rpm
Torque 83Nm @ 7.600rpm
Bore x Stroke 79mm x 54.3mm
Compression Ratio 13.4:1
Fuel Supply Fuel Injection

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MV AGUSTA DRAGSTER 800 ROSSO TEST RIDE & REVIEW

FORMAL DESIGN WITH BIT OF AGGRESSION

My first words while seeing this motorcycle will be like this – formal design with a bit of aggression but having modern and refreshed looks. Now let’s go through each word. MV AGUSTA DRAGSTER 800 ROSSO has a formal design because lines and bendings are in low amounts. A little bit of aggression and feel is present by the presence of large trapezoidal headlight flanked by the small black windscreen giving the front section a bold look.

The side profiles are neat enough with shrouds underneath the tank being a distinctive one. Fully blacked out engine is simply superb and is a welcome move from HMSI in terms of design. The multi-coloured front forks and mudguard bring X-factor to the design. In rear side, everything is fine with H-shaped tail light and a well-designed exhaust being notable ones. So as a commuter motorcycle overall styling is strictly conservative while as a performance motorcycle it will disappoint you for sure. Build quality is noteworthy with no issues whatsoever for paint, panels and switchgear.

SUPERB UNICORN ENGINE

This is exactly MV AGUSTADRAGSTER 800 ROSSO engine but with longer stroke, lightweight, better heat dissipation, tweaked exhaust note and no compromise in unicorn’s renowned refinement. An added counter balancer does iron out extra vibrations from reaching to the handlebars and rest of the area within the motorcycle. So overall this 162.71cc, four-stroke, carbureted motor does a great job isn’t it? Now to the numbers. This one pumps out 14PS of raw power @ 8,000rpm and 13.92Nm of torque @ 6,000rpm.


In the low and mid rev range engine is torquey enough and does city dwelling duties superbly. In high revs up to 8,000rpm power delivery is smooth and after that power is more linear and slightly stressed. The gearbox is smooth enough – typical Honda trait and initial gear ratios are short ones while high-end ones are long enough to accommodate highway riding.MV AGUSTA DRAGSTER 800 ROSSO, viscous paper for filter along with smooth refined engine does give a mileage of around 51-56km/l.

PURE COMMUTER ERGONOMICS

While talking about ergonomics of MV AGUSTA DRAGSTER 800 ROSSO this one is meant for those who need a quick ride to their homes or offices. Ride quality is spot on for city conditions with comfortable seats, soft suspension setup with wide and cushioned seats for extra comfort. This one does its job for long rides due to the above-mentioned factors. While softer suspension setup spoils the party around the corners and series of bends. The handlebar is wide and foot controls are set in the middle having upright riding posture.


Combined Braking System (CBS) for 240mm front disc along with 130mm rear drum brakes does not offer great bite individually but together it does perform. MRF Nylogrip Zapper tyres do bring more harm as they are not having enough grip and feedback which is not a great thing.

LOADED WITH ENOUGH FEATURES

CBS with equaliser does come to rescue here in braking duties with all digital instrument console loaded with all needed data and values like speed, rpm, two trip meters, odometer, fuel and gear indicator. Kill switch for the engine is missing which is a serious one. Large fuel reservoir, mono shock suspension, elegant muffler does bring added punch to features package.

MV AGUSTA DRAGSTER 800 ROSSO VERDICT

MV AGUSTA DRAGSTER 800 ROSSO is a value for money motorcycle and is without doubt clear successor to TNT 300. It is definitely eye catching for conservative commuters and irritating for performance, stylish oriented riders. Honda has revamped this motorcycle in all segments and clearly lies in the portfolio in between Hornet 160R and Unicorn 150 with pride.

PROS

  • Combi brake system
  • Excellent engine
  • Superb performance

CONS

  • No engine kill switch
  • Conservative design
  • Tyres not that great