2010 MV Agusta Brutale 1090 RR Motorcycle Test Drive — Popular Mechanics

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2010 MV Agusta Brutale RR

This charismatic Italian oozes character, eats up roads, yet doesn-t cost a If there-s one reason why the embattled should survive, the Brutale is it.

New Boutique bike maker MV has a storied history that its motorcycles with undeniable The company started as an offshoot to the Augusta aviation concern, and its 100- to 150-cc daily spawned a rich tradition of bikes in the -60s and -70-s. production ceased in 1980, but holding company Cagiva the failing motorcycle business in with modest success.

Harley Davidson bought the and despite a string of well-received the Motor Company put the Italian for sale the same day it unscrewed the plug under Buell.

Several companies, including that are thinking of buying MV should swing a leg over the new It-s a rolling example of why the deserves a reprieve, and it could be the bike in it-s lineup.


Fortunately, the backlash of the looming change doesn-t seem to affected things yet. The is a … bike, derived the frame and running gear of the F4. It-s available in two versions-the 990 and the 144-hp 1090 (which displaces 1078 cc). If you that an extra 8 percent should give more 5 hp, think again.

The 1090RR-s 85 of torque are up almost exactly 8 from the 990-s 78. All this is achieved with four in-line cylinders boasting valves. Radial valves?

The valve stems aren-t to each other, which some fancy valvetrains. In the MV this is achieved by cam lobes are machined at an angle to bear onto the splayed valve Odd-looking, but it allows the intake and ports to have a straight into the hemispherical combustion

The Brutales- trellis frame is chrome moly tubing, TIG-welded by an artisan who not only what he was doing, but cared. It even the best MIG welding to and I speak as a certified welder. most limited-edition exotic the running gear is supplied by a of high-end companies: Magneti ignition/injection, Marchesini wheels, Marzocchi forks exclusive to MV, radial-mount calipers squeezing discs, Nissin radial cylinder-the list goes on.

With a 56.6-in. wheelbase and a angle of 25 degrees, the chassis be twitchy, but we-ll talk a that later. With rims shod with and 190/55 tires, there is of grip. And when there-s not a lot of or for pulling out of corners with throttle inputs, there-s a traction control system.


Our 400-plus street-mile test came at the end of weeks of bad, East Coast weather. disdain for personal comfort and a vest were sufficient to plenty of commuting in high-30-degree but the countless potholes and a thin of sand on the pavement were than enough to discourage any exploration of the 1090 RR-s envelope.

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Having said that, 144 hp in a that weighs only 460 with a tankful of gas is an eye-opener. The control allowed some for error, fortunately. One amazing is the MV-s ability to pull 20 mph to blatantly illegal speeds in 6th at full throttle. The wet clutch a back-torque limiting slipper to permit downshifting at high reducing rear wheel

Speaking of shifting, the shifter almost disconnected from the internals. There is almost no necessary, just put the smallest on the shifter and back slightly off the The shift lever might as well be an electrical switch a solenoid.

In fact, it reminds me of the shifters on exotic cars the Audi R8. We had no opportunity to investigate the 164-mph top speed.

Ergonomics of the bike are excellent, the saddle height has been 25 mm since 2009. 90-minute commutes in heavy traffic a lot shorter on this bike on any other in our test fleet, bundled up for the cold. The fit and finish and to detail on this bike are the best we-ve ever bar none.

The Bottom Line

MV Brutale 1090RRs and 990s be available in dealerships sometime in Prices for the 990 and 1090RR are tentatively set at and $18,000, respectively, making slightly more expensive the already pricey Ducati or Streetfighter. If exclusivity is any selling the MV has it in spades.

We pulled into a dealer on a Tuesday afternoon to up some Ducati valve gaskets, and before we had the sidestand there were three circling the Brutale, and even none of them worked at the all of them knew what it We answered questions for an hour we could finally make a exit.

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