2012 MV Agusta Brutale RR

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MV Agusta Brutale 1078 RR

2012 MV Agusta Brutale RR

August 14th 2012. Motorcycles views. 6843

The name alone can instill in the meek and the young. Tag a couple of Rs the name and it can even make a man shiver. Starting up the 2012 MV Brutale RR 1090 only its nefarious nature.

It emits a growl from its twin, mufflers that gets meaner when you slip the from neutral into gear. It really does; s an electronically controlled valve low on the exhaust collector, out of sight, opens a touch when the is put in gear, changing the exhaust from a relatively subdued hum to a raspier roar. It s a subtle clue that hints at the s mischievous underpinnings.

But you don t have to the Brutale RR to be intimidated by its presence. Its styling is bold and aggressive particularly menacing in matte and the visible chassis components exude a serious, sport character.

From its chrome-moly trellis with cast aluminum plates to its Brembo monobloc calipers to its Marzocchi 50 mm fully inverted fork and fully Sachs shock (with and low-speed compression damping), about the Brutale says in disguise. Chassis geometry is supersport-aggressive with a 25-degree angle, 103 mm trail and 1,438 mm in) wheelbase.

The only thing doesn t say supersport (aside the Bru-tale s state of undress) is the position, which is relatively and relaxed. The bike even has footpegs; as delivered in the centre they were located but lowering them using the adjusters placed them lower, while still more than enough clearance. The tips of the brake and shift lever are also to maintain the appropriate angle at feet.

The 1,078 cc inline is the same as the one in the F4, but it has been detuned to 156 hp, which is 30 hp down from the F4. The does produce tons of at lower revs (peak is lb-ft at 10,100 rpm), it really gets honking if the needle is kept above rpm. The engine feels strong due to its low-ish overall (it has two more teeth on the rear at 43, than the F4).

As such, the engine feels on the highway, spinning away at 4,900 rpm at an indicated 110 km/h, it is relatively smooth with light buzzing coming the tubular aluminum handlebar and This lower gearing affects fuel consumption, and the RR averaged 6.8 L/100 km (41 mpg) testing, giving it a theoretical of 337 km from its 23-litre fuel

Power delivery is quite —almost to the point of being —from right off idle, a discriminating right wrist. almost entices you to roll on the regardless of which gear you re in, to feel the front end get light light. It gets light in the first three gears to the wheel without the clutch, the bike s eight-level traction makes sure I don t indulge in indiscretions.

The fuel injection works and the throttle is responsive, though the does exhibit what we knew in the time of carburetors as behaviour. It would occasionally and cough through the intake when cold, and would do it, albeit at a much reduced when warm.

We re told subsides with more kms two test units were new), and it doesn t deter the ride, though it is something someone who d just spent 20 grand on a bike (the RR retails for $19,995) would point out as an annoyance and want

When I picked up the Brutale, the was very soft. The bike sat low and the shock lacked appropriate damping. This actually riding around town as the Brutale soaked up road without harshness and felt plush.

However, as I hit the back I cranked up the compression and rebound front (damping duties are between the fork tubes, in the left fork, rebound in the and rear, and added a touch of in the rear (using the supplied on the twin locking rings) to rear ride height.

MV Agusta Brutale 1078 RR

This transforms the Brutale a true back road with sharp, responsive and surefooted handling through slower, tighter turns and sweepers. This wide range reveals that the s suspension is capable of handling a range of conditions, and is track right out of the box. The Pirelli Supercorsa radials also in this respect, providing grip.

A centrally mounted, steering damper that is —and looks cool to —enhances stability.

The front have a strong initial and require light lever for hard stops, while the isn t overly prone to lock up. is aided by a slipper clutch, keeps the rear end in check and when nailing the binders into comers.

Of course, it s not all with the Brutale, and one of the things will need to work on is the interface. Scrolling through the menus in the LCD display (for traction control and such) is and confusing. Just resetting the meter requires pushing two about six times in total the elusive zero can be called up topping up the fuel tank.

And there s no clock in the digital which is quite odd because the has an on-board lap timer. But these are hindrances on a machine that a great deal of riding

If you do buy one, however, you should get to answering questions from onlookers, both riding and types. As much as its sound and may intimidate, its unique styling stares, and it seems it does so whether in matte black or white and blue America (I got gawked at on both). It also in red/silver.

Is it worth almost 20 Well, it costs less the $22,495 Ducati Streetfighter S but than the $15,695 Aprilia V4 R and $17,499 Triumph Speed It makes more power the Triumph (133 hp), than the Aprilia (165 hp) and is on par the Ducati (155 hp).

MV Agusta is a small company a storied past and, as of not too ago, an uncertain future. that uncertainty now behind, the Brutale has on the others is exclusivity.

MV Agusta Brutale 1078 RR


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