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MV Agusta Brutale 990R
MV Agusta Brutale 990R

2010 MV Agusta Brutale Reviews, Photos

When motorcycle manufacturer MV Agusta announced the 2010 Brutale, were some who questioned it was rational for MV to attempt an update made the bike less, brutal. We decided it would be to wait and see the bike in person and with it for a while before any such judgments – particularly judging a vehicle solely by its sheet almost never has any merit. And we’re certainly that we did.

Upon our few minutes with the new Brutale we had developed an initial gut reaction: the instantly recognizable styling to the exhaust note of its heavily inline four-cylinder engine, the Brutale is every bit the sense-tingling bike that its predecessor

This revelation, though, a couple of questions. Is the new Brutale too like the old Brutale? If so, is that such a bad thing? And finally, the new influx of cash and the corresponding eye of current (though probably not longer) owner Harley-Davidson a watered-down Italian experience? To a phrase from the marketing from The Shack, You’ve got We’ve got answers.

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Let’s take our usual around the new-for-2010 Brutale to take in all the details. At first the casual observer may see very clues that MV’s new sportbike is in fact all-new. A inspection reveals that nothing is carried over the last generation.

MV claims that over 85% of the Brutale is new and not interchangeable with the model, but it still might a ride or two to prove the new one is sufficiently from the old. Whether seemingly carry-over design is good or bad is up to individual tastes.

As far as concerned, the old Brutale was still one of the visually stimulating designs on the and so the fact that the made-over model looks so much the previous generation is anything but a bad Further, the more time we the more the unique details and jump out at you… so much so we found ourselves just at every angle while our photo shoot as the sun went behind the mountains. It wasn’t we unloaded our memory card we realized we had taken over 300 in just one sitting.

On the other we imagine that there is a portion of the population that want their brand new to look anything like its especially when said has been around for nearly a For that contingent, the new Brutale had offer something to make it out from the crowd – namely, an riding experience. If that’s the we come bearing very news.

The 2010 Brutale 990R stops and flicks from to side with an authority proves the 2010 edition has earned its name. On the other it’s also significantly comfortable and accommodating than the Brutale. Yes, we know sounds oxy-moronic, but bear us.

Swing a leg over the 2010 990R and you’ll find posterior gently resting on a comfortable perch. Yes, pretty high up there at 33 inches off the ground, but the reach to the is now much more comfortable and than before, and the pegs been relocated so that legs don’t feel too

Further refinements to the basic package include slightly steering geometry (a 24.5-degree and four inches of trail, for it’s worth) and a 56.6-inch made possible by a swingarm 20 millimeters longer and 2.2 pounds than before. All of these add up to a finished product that’s a wee bit easier to handle than the Brutale.

That’s all well and but how does it perform? Twist the key to the On and you’ll be greeted by a chorus of and whirs as the bike’s on-board go through their initial routine. The dashboard combines a large analog tachometer on the with a digital display at the right of its dial.

A much larger rectangular LCD displays all manner of important including speed, gear water temperature and a chronometer keeps track of lap times. the electronic gadgetry informs you all is well and good in Brutale it’s time to thumb the button.

The heavily updated fired up easily and reliably time while in our hands. seemed pretty good at docile speeds and when the throttle with aggression, it responds a bit more violently at throttle than you might expect. Crucially, the 2010 sounds as if it has extreme antisocial and that’s even more as the revs rise. And rise will, often and with

Just as with every one of the Brutales sold since its MV’s proprietary inline-four from idle to redline almost as much vigor and of a racebike. We didn’t get the chance to the larger 1078cc model, but we can say absolute conviction that the powerplant in the 990R offers up of punch for a bike with the lack of bodywork and sit-up-and-beg position.

A handful of throttle in gear from anything 4,000 rpm will lift the wheel a few inches off the ground in an controllable fashion, and that won’t touch the ground until you back off the throttle or to second for an encore performance. A application from the right at anything near double on the tach in either of the first two will give you a very look at the clouds above. to keep your right hovering over the rear to keep those 139 horsepower and 78 of torque in check.

MV Agusta Brutale 990R
MV Agusta Brutale 990R

The dual front discs four-piston Brembo calipers with the single rear and four-piston caliper to provide strong deceleration force, modulation and zero fade repeated hard stops. the uplevel 1090RR comes Brembo Monobloc calipers down on discs that are 10 larger in diameter, we can’t any rider finding fault the binders on the lower-spec 990R we

Similarly, the 50-millimeter forks Marzocchi, which are fully for compression, rebound and preload, are fault when set up properly for the weight. At the rear, a Sachs is adjustable for preload only and say it adequately props up the rear but doesn’t seem quite as or supple as the fork.

Lean on both sides is plentiful and the Diablo Rosso tires sufficiently sticky. We never any hard parts touching despite plenty of abrasion on our pucks. We’re not quite what to say about the Brutale’s traction control, other to note that we never the need to adjust the bike’s out of Race Mode or to mess the eight-way traction control. In any we didn’t ever sense any of a loss of traction.

While a proper session at the would surely tell the tale, we’ll just our consistently good rear means the traction control worked as designed since we for sure the bike has sufficient to slide the rear at will. we did notice, however, was the unfortunate of a slipper clutch, which come standard on the more 1090RR. When scrubbing and downshifting on the 990R, there’s a amount of tire chirping out and even a small bit of chatter getting really aggressive.

In to the slipper clutch, which really be standard fare for a of this ilk, there are a few we’d change about the new First, we wish there less of a style compromise the 990R and the 1090RR. To our eyes, the palettes offered on the latter are nicer than those of the We’d also like to see the rossa (that’d be the red engine standard on the 990R as it is on its pricier as it just screams Italian

Less important, but slightly was the red on the passenger seat didn’t match the red of the bodywork. But we’re hairs, here.

Beyond those admittedly demerits, we love ourselves Brutale. Yes, it is indeed frenetic and easier-going than its but we’re putting those firmly in the Positives column, not the

The newly refined machine is as engaging as it ever was, the of the Brutale still stands up to our eyes and the updates made to the ergonomics make it a much inviting option in the face of competition from the likes of the Streetfighter and Triumph Speed Finally, we think the $15,000 price is pretty damn for what you’re getting.

So, the MV Agusta Brutale somehow to live up to the performance heritage set by the model while also useful improvements that it easier to live with. As might say in Italy… Mamma ma che bella machina!

MV Agusta Brutale 990R
MV Agusta Brutale 990R
MV Agusta Brutale 990R
MV Agusta Brutale 990R


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