Better late than never, as the saying goes: MV Agusta will be equipping 2014 three-cylinder models — the Brutale 675 and 800, the F3 675 and 800 and the Rivale 800 — with dual-function ABS featuring Normal and Race Mode.
These models will come equipped with an internal pressure sensor and independent wheel sensors on each axle, all controlled by the small and lightweight Bosch 9MP ABS control unit. The ABS was specifically developed to provide safer, more effective deceleration on all road surfaces without compromising either the power or the progressiveness of the system and with the clear aim of obtaining the shortest possible braking distances.
Detractors of electronic aids rejoice: the MV’s ABS system can be turned off via the relevant set-up menu. Further, on the F3 675 and F3 800 models the ABS can be set to one of two modes: Normal Mode for everyday riding and Race Mode for the racetrack or more aggressive road riding. Specifics weren’t given, but if Race Mode is similar to that seen on other bikes then expect it to activate only in extreme circumstances, like running off track. The system may even disengage rear ABS altogether, allowing you to kick the rear end loose on corner entry. We’ll provide more details when it becomes available.