Review MV Agusta RR SCS America 2023

MV Agusta Dragster RR SCS America

Testing the MV Agusta Dragster RR SCS America in Southern California. (Photo by Kevin Wing)

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the MV Agusta 750S, the Italian manufacturer’s first model to sport a red, white, and blue paint scheme as a nod to the U.S. market, MV Agusta has launched the limited-edition Dragster RR SCS America. Only 300 units will be built, and all are slated for North America – priced at $28,247 to honor the 247th anniversary of American independence.

Decked out with a stars-and-stripes logo on the tank, a mix of Ago Red and Mica America Blue paint with white accents, and “America Special Edition” stitched in white on the red seat, it’s one of the most patriotic-looking motorcycles we’ve ever seen. Each bike comes with a Special Parts Kit that includes a transparent clutch cover, a dedicated motorcycle cover, and a certificate of authenticity.

Review Mv Agusta Rr Scs America 2023
Review Mv Agusta Rr Scs America 2023

At the heart of the Dragster RR SCS is a liquid-cooled 798cc inline-Triple with a 13.3:1 compression ratio and DOHC with 4 valves per cylinder and DLC-coated tappets. It churns out a claimed 140 hp at 12,300 rpm and 64.2 lb-ft of torque at 10,250 rpm. The SCS in the model name stands for “Smart Clutch System” and refers to the bike’s hydraulically actuated SCS 3.0 Radius CX semi-automatic clutch, made in collaboration with Rekluse.

Unique features include a carbon fiber cover on the rear wheel, a trio of slash-cut exhaust tips finished in black, fold-away passenger footpegs, and folding bar-end mirrors. MV Agusta claims that 75% of the bike’s components are made in Italy, including the Marzocchi fork, Brembo brakes, and Pirelli tires.

We got a first ride on the America at a press launch in Los Angeles, and the bike has a thrilling engine, agile handling (thanks in part to a counter-rotating crankshaft that reduces gyroscopic effect), and useful and user-friendly electronic rider aids. We used the MV Ride app to create a customized ride mode and to record our trip.

2023 MV Agusta Dragster RR SCS America Specifications

  • Base Price: $28,247
  • Website: MVAgusta.com
  • Warranty: 3 yrs., unltd. miles
  • Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, transverse inline-Triple, DOHC w/ 4 valves per cyl.
  • Displacement: 798cc
  • Bore x Stroke: 79 x 54.3mm
  • Horsepower: 140 @ 12,300 rpm (factory claim)
  • Torque: 64.2 lb-ft @ 10,250 rpm (factory claim)
  • Transmission: 6-speed, hydraulically actuated semi-automatic wet clutch
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Wheelbase: 55.1 in.
  • Rake/Trail: NA/4.1 in.
  • Seat Height: 33.3 in.
  • Dry Weight: 386 lb (factory claim)
  • Fuel Capacity: 4.36 gal.

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