JohnJJr wrote:I have to admit every time i've seen one of these around where i ride i think to myself " I wish i could test ride that thing " they look like they handle like a dream ....... But everyone out here says there's no service locations around and parts not all that easy to get your hands on ..... But yes sweet look'n bikes IMHO
Believe it or not, its not difficult to get a demo on an MV. I've even had the good fortune of trying out the entire line at the track (not the newest triples, and the 800 in the pic isn't available yet). Of course, if you bin it - you own it.
Parts, I understand from the counter guys at the local stealer (who I've been aquainted with for years), who have been very honest about the challenges with MVs - can be a pain to get. I was told that everything comes through their office in NYC (not joking), and its seems there's but one grossly overworked guy they deal with for everything. Apparently it's not parts availability or delivery times from Italy, but lack of people to process the orders in the US: Sometimes it can take a couple of weeks for them to even receive acknowledgement of an order ... I'm guessing that MV is aware of this, and must know well at this point that to achieve their growth objectives globally, this is an area in need of attention. Not unlike KTM historically.
I've asked "... is it better or worse than Aprilia?", for which they are also a long time stealer: "... the bikes are better, and have generally needed less attention, but if someone throws one down, it can take some time to get everything - in that way worse than Aprilia ...".
Given the sheer number of issues the SDs have all
had - mainly due to poor engineering, and perhaps more importantly, poor testing and customer service - buying an MV doesn't worry me. That said, I WILL NOT be the first on the block to have a new model from them, and I'm optimistic that they will improve their US parts pipeline.
As I've remarked elsewhere, I will state again: I don't need or really want 185 hp (or whatever ridiculous number north of 150 RWHP claimed
) in my everyday naked street bike. A wailing 800 triple with 120 RWHP would suit me just fine.
Unlike many here however, I am not ready to abandon my SD. It still brings a smile to my face every time whack the throttle, which it perversely encourages me to do regularly on even the shortest of trips. It's like that - and I've not swung a leg over many bikes that seem to cater to these urban and twisty indulgences so well.