MV Agusta Teases New Model – Is this the Turismo Leggero ADV?Thu, 25 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0700
MV Agusta has released a new image enigmatically named “Worth Waiting” teasing a new motorcycle with wire-spoke wheels. The Italian manufacturer did not provide any other details, so we are left to ponder exactly what it is we’re waiting for.
From the photo, we can see the rear wheel mounted to a single-sided swingarm with a wire-spoke design that would allow for tubeless tires. This would suggest a retro-styled model or an off-road capable model, either an adventure-tourer or – to take a page from another Italian manufacturer’s upcoming launch, a scrambler.
The image comes less than a week ahead of the Intermot show, but as MV Agusta is not currently listed among the OEMs presenting at Cologne, an official unveiling at the EICMA show in Milan in early November seems more likely. Perhaps that’s what MV Agusta means by “worth waiting”.
Another possibility is the Turismo Veloce 800 model revealed at EICMA last year but has still not been released to showrooms. Though it had some adventure-touring style elements, the Turismo Veloce is a road-oriented motorcycle with aluminum alloy wheels and a square-tipped triple exhaust instead of the round exhaust in the teaser image. The new model may be a revised Turismo Veloce that’s finally ready for production or a more off-road able variant like the BMW R1200GS Adventure.
Supporting this theory is trademark MV Agusta recently filed with Europe’s Office for the Harmonization of the Internal Market for the name “Turismo Leggero“, or “light tourer”. With the same 798cc Triple engine as the Tursimo Veloce, the Leggero could be MV Agusta’s entry into the light ADV market, competing against the like of the BMW F800GS Adventure or Triumph Tiger 800XC.
We should get more details in the weeks ahead, leading up to EICMA, as MV Agusta tends to reveal information on new bikes in the days ahead of the Milan show.
[Source: MV Agusta]
By Dennis Chung
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