Naked, Fast and Sexy! Who cares if it’s the essentially the same as all the previous years, you are still going to want this!
The 2018 Dragster 800 RC is extremely pretty. Sure the Dragster has been around for a while and the 2017 version is just as beautiful, but you can’t deny that this new version really is the business. If you’re one of those people who think that Italian motorcycle manufacturers generally make the most beautiful bikes on the market, then this new Dragster will be a sight for your sore eyes.
The RC stands for “Reparto Corse” or Racing Department if you don’t speak Italian. The RC has the same engine from the standard Dragster; an 800cc three-cylinder, producing 140hp, but the RC also keeps its weight down with a host of lighter trinkets giving it a claimed 167kg dry weight. Throw in the Brembo brakes, Pirelli Rosso tyres and an SC Project exhaust and you have a very exciting prospect.
The racing derived features continue with the colours and graphics straight from their F4 RC factory superbike. The bodywork is dripping in carbon fibre to help keep the bike light and a selection of electronic aids will help keep you in total control of the RC. Low weight and a high power output would make this bike a tyre-smoking track monster, so to help counter some of that raw power the RC comes with 8 different levels of traction control and an electronic quick-shifter to allow for faster shifts, both up and down.
And that number “37” on the tank? That celebrates the amount of world titles MV Agusta has won over the years.
MV Agusta will make only 350 of these beauties. Pricing has yet to be revealed from MV Agusta but the number you’ll have to smuggle past your accountant is expected to be around the £20,000. A high price to pay for the RC but a very exclusive opportunity. Oh so tempting…
• Exhaust manifolds with a new 83×90 mm diameter catalytic converter, cell density 400 CPSI • Larger-volume silencers which reduce noise as per standards but amplify the distinctive sound of the MV Agusta three-cylinder engine
• An exhaust valve located in the exhaust manifold makes its debut on this model
• The cylinder heads are fitted with valve guides in a new sintered material, impregnated with lubricant to reduce wear, HB +25%
• Introduction of a Harmonic Damper to reduce vibration and noise
• Starter motor mechanics have been redesigned to improve durability
• The starter freewheel has been reinforced
• The balance shaft has been completely redesigned with a 2.25 gear module with 30% more engagement to reduce noise, modified profiles with optimised contact to reduce friction; the bushing set clearance has been modified to reduce wear and noise
• Introduction of new oil and water pump control gearing, z39/45 2.25 gear module with 30% more engagement to reduce noise, modified profiles with optimised contact to reduce friction
• Primary gearing has been redesigned (z22/41) 2.25 gear module with 30% more engagement to reduce noise, modified profiles with optimised contact to reduce friction
• As with the F3 range, a completely new gear shifter is completely new, with redesigned gear dogs making changes more fluid. Average space between gear dogs has been increased by 45%, lower lever effort and a reduced shifter recess angle
• As on the F3 range, new engine covers have been fitted: these increase engine protection in the event of impact, reduce noise emissions (in line with the certification standard) and amplify the frequencies that combine to create the distinctive MV Agusta 3-cylinder sound.
All electronic developments are shared across the entire three-cylinder platform. More specifically, they include new engine mappings (specially developed for the Dragster 800 RC) and 8-level traction control, which has been further optimised to improve performance. EAS 2.0 electronic shifter logic has been modified to make shifting faster and more practical for sporty riding yet also smoother and more progressive