10 reasons why the MV Agusta Brutale is awesome
After several years in the desert, a couple of dedicated Italian businessmen who had previously created Cagiva relaunched the famous brand.
It was a stroke of genius because Cagiva was already on the ropes, but the MV Agusta the name carried weight with so many enthusiasts and all they needed was a few bikes that could do the name justice. In the F4 and Brutale they found exactly that. The company has gone from strength to strength since then, and while the F4 will always be the ancestor of the modern company MV Agusta, its success rests almost solely on the strength of the Brutale range.
ten tambourine design
Massimo Tamburini was one of these businessmen. He is also widely regarded as the finest motorcycle designer who ever lived.
He is the man responsible for designing the famous Ducati 916 which literally rewrote history in terms of how a sports bike looks and then followed that up with the F4. He also wrote the original Brutale. This design has of course evolved over the years, but the foundations are still there.
9 Sports bike roots
It’s no coincidence that the original Brutale and F4 share so many components. The same men who oversaw the development of the Ducati Monster helped bring these two bikes into production.
It’s a decision that makes sense from a financial standpoint as the company saves on tooling costs and the consumer gets more for their money with the naked sport model.
8 Impressive triples
Throughout history, MV Agusta was best known for its high-revving inline 4-cylinder engines, but the modern iteration has since become more synonymous with a particularly incredible triple.
It was first released several years ago as a 675cc engine, but has now been redeveloped to meet emissions restrictions and has a displacement of 798cc. It produces good torque, great power, even better noise and finds its place in the vast majority of MV Agusta bikes.
seven Practical Rosso
Their entry-level bike is by no means a true “entry-level” motorcycle. None of their bikes qualify as a beginner’s bike, and we’re totally okay with that.
The focus is on performance. And even though this bike has the most modest tune, it still produces 110 horsepower, which is more than most mid-weight bikes.
6 brutal 1000
Few bikes look as aggressive as the 1000 RS and 1000 RR, but in the real world they really have way too much power for their own good.
These bikes live up to their name and are not for the faint of heart. At 208 horsepower, they need some pretty advanced electronics just to keep the bike upright.
5 Modern electronics
As the bikes evolved, so did their electronic suite, with wheel control, traction control, and tilt-sensitive ABS all controlled by a new IMU.
This is all there to tame the power of the 1000cc models, but with the 798cc platform you can also opt for their new SCS (smart clutch system) which acts much like an automatic transmission.
4 Unique models
Although they don’t even fly under the same banner anymore, the Brutale gave birth to the Dragster line and the odd Rush.
He certainly also contributed to the development of MV Agusta’s only touring bike, the Turismo Veloce. The platform is simple in nature but has allowed seemingly endless development.
3 Performance Driven
Even though nude sport bikes are by nature meant to be more comfortable and usable machines, the Brutale line has always prioritized performance.
This is especially clear with the 208 horsepower 1000cc models that will put many sportbikes to shame. However, even the 110-hp Rosso is quite capable, and the 140-hp 800RR churns out more power than anything in its class (unless you factor in its rather hefty price tag).
2 Breathtaking acceleration
On paper, the 3-second 0-60 may not seem so different from other hyper-naked or equally powerful sportbikes, but none of them crank out the power like this.
The strongest Brutale returns its power in the most terrifying yet satisfying way as it explodes to life near peak revs. This race is not limited to the biggest and most powerful bikes, as the smaller bikes achieve equally impressive acceleration times thanks to their low grunt.
Like anything made in Italy, these bikes have their quirks. They get quite hot, are unusually uncomfortable for bare bikes, and will be expensive to repair.
Riding one of these bikes will also be like playing the local lottery, but whether you use it or spit it out for the new one, you won’t be disappointed. They have a unique charm and are simply beautiful.