The Rivale will be shown in the flesh at the 2012 EICMA and be available on sale from the second half of 2013 for 10,990 Euros.
The dashboard designed specifically for the Rivale 800 has a modern monochrome fully digital, multi-function display. The compact three-cylinder in-line engine in the Rivale 800 features a counter-rotating crankshaft that debuted on the F3 675. It is said that Claudio Castiglioni was inspired by Valentino Rossi’s Yamaha YZR-M1 to use the counter-rotating crankshaft concept in road bikes. The crankshaft which rotates in a counter clockwise direction, opposite to the direction of rotation of wheels helps offset the rotational inertia of the wheels and quickens steering and thus improves handling. Technology MVICS (Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System) allows for smooth power delivery making it easier to ride the Rivale. Three engine maps and a custom default are available thanks to MVICS. As with other MV Agustas recently, throttle control is fully Ride-By-Wire.
Chassis is signature MV Agusta steel trellis combined with a rear of two aluminium alloy plates, that act as a fulcrum for the sculpted single sided rear swingarm and suspension. The angle of the steering head is half of a degree more open than the Brutale 800. The excursion of the fork and shock have also been increased to provide more comfort. The suspension units are respectively by Marzocchi and Sachs. They are adjustable in spring preload as well as hydraulic compression and rebound damping.
Braking duties are taken care of up front by 320 mm diameter discs, gripped by twin four-piston Brembo radial callipers. The rear is comprised of a 220 mm diameter disc mated to a two-piston calliper.