The first time I wrote about MV Agusta’s Superveloce, I was immediately captivated by the bike’s beauty. The Schiranna-based brand prides itself on its ‘Motorcycle Art’ tagline, and this retro-inspired sportbike embodies the tagline perfectly. The Superveloce is absolutely gorgeous in every photo I’ve seen it in, with an impressive spec sheet to match.
So when the opportunity came up for me to try it out, I dropped everything to swing a leg over the purebred Italian stallion’s meticulously styled chassis.
Is the Superveloce more than just a pretty bike? Find out in our review below.
MV Agusta describes the Superveloce as ‘Neo-Classic,’—an apt term for the bike’s unique styling. The designers drew inspiration from the company’s race-winning bikes from the ’70s, which is evident in the single circular headlight with matching round tail light, rounded upper cowling, and the brown leather strap running across the tank.
Complementing the retro features are modern design elements, such as the single-sided swingarm, triple-exit exhaust, fairings with aerodynamic features, and the tire hugger-mounted license plate and turn signal assembly.
Each component on the Superveloce is both stylish and functional; even the fasteners and bolts are hidden to give the bike a cleaner appearance. It’s apparent that a lot of thought has gone into its design, which has made the Superveloce one of the prettiest bikes currently on the market.
As much as I’d like to describe this Italian retro sport bike’s beauty further, it’s probably best if I let the pictures do the talking.
Underneath its neo-retro exterior, the Superveloce has a lot in common with the F3 middleweight sportbike. Among the similarities is the ergonomics, which is as sporty as possible. Low-mounted clip-on handlebars, rearset foot pegs, and a tall seat translate into a hunched over riding position that guarantees assorted body pains when you ride this bike for any significant amount of time.
Around town, the Superveloce is a bit of a handful. The triple-cylinder engine gets alarmingly hot, threatening to cook my more sensitive bits as the heat spreads throughout the bike and into the gas tank. The clutch is the heaviest I’ve encountered so far, and gave me a proper workout every time I take the bike out. The seat padding is wafer-thin, which, combined with the noticeably stiff suspension, informs my butt of every imperfection on the road’s surface.
Out on the highway or twisties however, the riding position feels just right, and easily allows a full tuck position on the straights. It also lets you flick the bike side to side with minimal effort in the turns. While I can’t recommend using the Superveloce on very long rides, it is certainly possible albeit very physically demanding.
Passenger accommodations are present on this sport-oriented machine, but aren’t exactly generous. The seat is quite small and stiff, which makes it an emergency option at best.
It comes as no surprise that the Superveloce, with its racy name, is quite a quick bike. The same 798cc DOHC inline three-cylinder engine from the F3 is nestled within the trellis frame. In Superveloce guise, this triple packs 147hp at 13,000rpm and 88Nm of torque at 10,100rpm. Power and torque are abundant all throughout the rev range, which means less time dancing around on the shifter and more time twisting the throttle and just having fun.
When you do need to shift, though, MV Agusta’s Electronically Assisted Shift (EAS) 3.0 has you covered. The quickshifter works both ways, and eliminates the need to blip the throttle when downshifting. It’s a good thing that this system works so well, as the heavy clutch pull can get a bit tiring when shifting out of first gear or at low speeds.
The engine is surprisingly quiet at idle, although once revved out the unique growl is something to behold. This distinctive engine note goes well with the sportbike-appropriate performance.
Ride and handling
Equipped with a fully adjustable Marzocchi inverted fork and a progressive Sachs rear shock, the Superveloce handles very very well. The bike turns in with razor-sharp precision at the slightest provocation, and will stick to a line with ease. While handling is beautiful in the twisties, the stiff suspension is ill-suited for pockmarked Philippine roads, so it’s best to exercise caution when riding the Superveloce out on the street.
Braking is also impressive thanks to radial-mount Brembo monobloc calipers up front and at the rear—both equipped with Continental MK100 ABS. Brake response is near instantaneous, with progressive feel and a confidence-inspiring amount of stopping power.
Complementing the high-spec suspension and brake kit is a set of grippy Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa II tires, which can find traction even in the wet.
Four riding modes, adjustable traction control and ABS, trip meters, phone connectivity, and more can be accessed through the Superveloce’s full-color 5-inch TFT display. This screen is easy to navigate with the controls mounted on the left handlebar; it can get a bit difficult to read under direct sunlight. With all the features incorporated into the screen, a fuel gauge would be nice to have.
Hinting at some long-ride practicality are the two buttons on the right handlebar that toggle cruise control: a nifty feature for long stretches of straight, open road. The front brake lever is adjustable, although I really wish the clutch lever was adjustable, too, considering the heavy pull.
More than just a stunning motorcycle, the Superveloce is a brilliant bike in the right conditions. With its superb handling, a potent engine, and a good amount of features, the Superveloce is a great middleweight retro sportbike that will have you fawning every time you take it out.
If you can afford the P1.55M price tag and bear with the uncomfortable riding position, this rolling work of art might be the right bike for you. Just be ready for back pain and a whole lot of engine heat if you plan to ride this around town.
Specifications: 2021 MV Agusta Superveloce
Engine: 798cc DOHC inline three-cylinder
Power: 147hp @ 13,000rpm
Torque: 88Nm @ 10,100rpm
Transmission: Six-speed manual
Seat height: 32.6 inches
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