2023 MV Agusta Dragster RR SCS America Review

Rennie Scaysbrook | August 22, 2023

MV Agusta is back. Well, almost. Flush with cash and a new, focused direction after seceding 25 percent of the company to the Pierer Mobility Group (owners of KTM, Husqvarna, GasGas, and probably a bunch of others I don’t remember), MV Agusta now has its best chance in a generation to really make an impact in the ultra-lux performance market.

Here’s hoping they make the most of it.

Cycle News Magazine 2023 MV Agusta Dragster RR SCS America Review
NYC and the Stars and Stripes. MV knows how to lay on the patriotism nice and thick.

Photography by Kevin Wing

With the company’s U.S headquarters relocated to Murrieta, California, MV Agusta has celebrated this by releasing the brand-new, $28,247 Dragster RR SCS America. Limited to 300 examples, the America draws extensively from the Dragster RR SCS, which costs roughly four grand less. So, you’re essentially paying for a fancy paintjob, as well as a bike cover and your bike’s series number engraved on the top triple clamp.

America and MV Agusta have a long and storied history, dating back to the legendary 750S of 1973. It would be 32 years before another model bearing the Stars and Stripes would arrive, this one being the 2005 Brutale 750 America. From there, they came faster. 2012 saw the arrival of the Brutale 1090 RR America, then the 2017 Brutale RR America, and a year later, the Dragster 800 RR America, so it’s fair to say the Italian love affair with this wide, vast land is genuine.

2023 MV Agusta Dragster RR SCS America right side
Short, stumpy and grumpy, the America makes for a hell of a canyon carver.

Interestingly, MV Agusta admits up to 15 percent of the motorcycles that come off the Varese production line never get started and remain in private collections, either gathering dust or being shined on the daily. Each to their own, I guess, but if I’m buying one, you better believe it’s getting ridden.

Let’s take the paintjob out of the equation and just focus on what the America really is, which is a Dragster RR SCS. You’ve got a splendid 140 horsepower three-cylinder, fully adjustable Marzocchi suspension, Brembo brakes, most—not all—of the electronics you’d expect for a bike of this price and styling that’d make a blind man blush. It seems only MV could make a carbon rear wheel cover look this good.

2023 MV Agusta Dragster RR SCS America detail
The attention to detail in the design is exceptional.

There are nice little touches like the foldable rear passenger pegs, instantly turning this into a one-seater; the three slash-cut mufflers exiting out the right rear of the chassis; “America” stitching on the seat; a beautiful open clutch cover so you can see plates spinning in a counter rotating direction that hints at the crankshaft; and one of the best looking rear lights in any form of transportation today.

There are also annoying touches like those ugly, thankfully foldable handlebar-mounted rear-view mirrors, and the fact that despite being as costly as it is, there’s no electronic suspension adjustment. And the Brembo M4.32 brakes are from a

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