Up close with the MV Agusta Rivale

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Turns out the MV Agusta Rivale doesn’t look as good in the flesh as it did in that concept sketch. Didn’t help that the first press shots were so dark. Is it better in person? We’re not sure. There’s still a curious imbalance front-to-rear and, from rear-on, the tail is peculiarly wide. Then there’s the front, which looks like an amalgamation of current Husqvarna design cues. The end result is far from cohesive. It’s not ugly, but it’s far from pretty. What do you think?

Photos: Elwyn

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  • smoke4ndmears

    wes! ‘smore booth pros please. jalopnik taught you that at least!

    • Patrick from Astoria

      Seconded. Especially this one. We’re off to a nice start here.

      • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

        Nah, no misogyny on HFL. If you want to ogle babes, come hang out sometime.

        • Glenngineer

          This is how its done.

      • Gene

        “the tail is peculiarly wide” – we’re talkin’ about the bike, right?

  • Jon B.

    which is worse, the bike or the tread pattern?

  • Scott-jay

    Stylish plastic heaven.
    Red is right.

  • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate Ben W

    Looks just as confused as before.

    • Bruce Steever

      Of course, because MV is confused as to what the bike is in the first place.

      Not adventure, not a streetfighter. Impractical scrambler maybe?

  • robotribe

    It’s perfect.

    For the Red Power Ranger, that is.

  • NewOldSchool

    So many new models across all makes look BUSY just BUSY FOR BUSY’s sake. It’s getting ridiculous!

    The specs are becoming simply amazing, but they are being wrapped in an origami stylized mess of bulbous, trapezoidal shapes with no cohesiveness panel to panel.

    It’s like designers are handed a bag of triangles and are told to slap them on top of one another until someone arbitrarily yells DONE!

    /rant

  • Cockroach

    Barfingly awful.

  • Tommy

    Why does is have pirelli scorpion tires on it. Doesnt seem like that thing is supposed to see even the slightest bit of dirt. I like the profile view.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Scorpion’s are great city tires. They heat up super quick, work well in the cold and are awesome in rain.

      • Tommy

        I know. I’ve had 2 pairs on the versys now, and I am in love. I am just surprised they are on that bike. They are usually put on the “adventure” bikes Pirelli Angels usually seem to be the tire of choice for bikes like this. Nothing against the the choice, just very surprised.

        • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

          You’re crazy. It’s a perfect choice. They were on bikes like the Buell XB12SX too.

          • Tommy

            Interesting. I support it. Just surprised. I guess it makes sense when I think about it as a city tire.

  • Greg

    In the minority, I guess, as I actually like the looks of the thing. I’m reserving complete judgment until I see a few more photos though.

  • http://www.faster-faster.com fasterfaster

    Having been viewing it here in Milan, I can say it looks great in person, EXCEPT for the “full diaper” effect of the bulbous tail. Not sure if it has a storage or part placement function, but it is a huge mistake in the massing of the bike. Other than that it looks great, and architecturally should be an amazing street bike (assuming sorted fueling).

  • Glenngineer

    I like this much better than any ducati motard things…its a little funky, but in a classic italian funky kind of way.

  • http://www.twowheelsplus.com/ Anders

    Paint it in other colors and it could have been a Chinesee concept and that’s not a compliment. It’s a bit of mess.

  • http://www.pedalgents.com holdingfast

    i want to hate on this so much, but oddly i sorta can’t. im more curious than confused really.

  • jonoabq

    As is often said “less is more”, and in this particular case more is too much. Hopefully the complex origami of other manufacturers and this overly wrapped standard will run its course in the next year or three and give way to less dramatic styling. I’d rather see all the effort go into weight reduction/suspension components/mass centralization/extended service intervals/etc. instead of plastic nonsense. As for the tire choice, it says “practical” though the styling says “play bike”…not a bad tire choice but its just an inconsistent message.
    I like that the subframe is not red though.

  • Charlie

    Tail could be problem and a little battlestar gallactica…but looks markedly better than the new Hyper. I’m going to stick with the Brutale 675, depending on the timing of the 800. Any idea when they will hit the States?

  • Miles Prower [690 Duke, MTS 1200]

    It’s interesting how the curvilinear shapes are disparate when seen in the photo from the side but are cohesive when seen in the photos from directly behind and directly in front.

  • Porter

    Boy these new Hyosungs just get crazier looking every year.

  • http://somethingjustgotreal.com Sean MacDonald

    love it love it love it. love the lines, love the brake lights. gimme a version in a mellow paint scheme and I’m sold

  • http://www.facebook.com/repthe914 Matt Bernhard

    Looks badass love the exhaust

  • nightscout13

    Mean looking. I wonder why they used tube+twin spar frame

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Rodriguez/100000456677232 David Rodriguez

    naaah. Those pipes makes it look like a chinese toy