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An “Affordable” Brutale

An MV Agusta is an unaffordable lust object. Look, but don’t touch, at least, for most of us. That might be about to change with the introduction of the new base model Brutale displacing 921 cc. The announcement from MV Agusta is below, and the bike is nearly as tasty as the Brutale 990R, which is currently on sale in the U.S. at an MSRP of $15,000. We don’t know the U.S. price of the new Brutale, yet, but the price in Europe is substantially below that of the 990R. This could be your chance to stretch just a little bit beyond the price of that Japanese naked for a piece of Italian artwork. The press release follows.


The MV Agusta model line-up is expanding with the introduction of the new BRUTALE and the 920 engine. This incredible naked has enamored the motorcycle world with its unique design that has been to date unequaled. Ever since its introduction the BRUTALE has continued to be the leader in both design and performance. With the launching of the new BRUTALE, the most beautiful and powerful naked is now within reach of an even larger number of riders whom have always dreamed of experiencing the emotions only the BRUTALE can deliver. A new engine, new chassis settings, a one-piece seat design with a focus on comfort, the BRUTALE offers a new interpretation of a high performance naked. A motorcycle that offers aggressive styling and raw performance matched with an intuitive chassis. A Brutale that is always incredible easy to ride and has never been this comfortable and intuitive.

On a cost per performance basis, the BRUTALE is without a doubt the new reference in the naked sport category. A technologically advanced 4 cylinder engine with radial intake and exhaust valves coupled with the same advanced engine control unit as the 1090RR together with one of the most evolved chassis’s the BRUTALE is able to easily tame even the most demanding roads and racetracks. This advanced performance is also coupled with a new look, with the color black dominating the new styling of the radiator shrouds and seat. But, looks are not everything and a major focus was also placed on rider comfort with a re-designed single seat that improves both rider and passenger comfort during every day use.

The BRUTALE project continues to remain faithful to the original objectives, MV wanted to build the most compact and light weight naked coupled with a superbike chassis together with raw engine performance that would enamor even the most demanding motorcyclist. The principle characteristics of the new BRUTALE are:

– Four cylinder engine with radial valves
– Magneti Marelli 5SM engine control module
– Traction control with 8 levels of intervention
– Tubular steel frame coupled with aluminum side plates for maximum torsional rigidity
– Single sided swingarm with a adjustable Sachs rear shock
– Marzocchi upside down 50mm adjustable front forks
– Brembo racing radial calipers
– New single piece seat that is both lower and narrower


The new BRUTALE is without a doubt Brutale, but at the same time this is a new interpretation of the most admired naked in the world. The attention to detail is what makes this new model different and even easier to use in everyday riding. The single piece seat is both more comfortable for the rider as well as the passenger, the turn signals are no longer integrated into the mirrors but have been placed in a position for better visibility during city traffic, the suspension is now softer and more comfortable. A Brutale that is easier to use than ever before but with the same maniacal attention to detail that one has come to expect from MV Agusta. Just one look at the tubular steel frame, the anodized handlebars with pivoting clamps, the pure form of design of the shift and brake levers, the single sided swingarm and unique wheels and it clear why the Brutale is the most beautiful naked in the world.

The two available color schemes are black and white. The single sided swingarm along with the unmistakable styling make this new BRUTALE unique. A masterpiece of Italian Design, the attention to detail and monochromatic color schemes helps to highlight the technical details like the over-under side mounted exhaust and the original MV Agusta frame design integrating tubular steel and aluminum side plates.


The 4 cylinder 16 radial valve MV Agusta engine has reached a new level of evolution and technology. The 921cc, a new engine displacement for Brutale, finds the perfect balance between power and drivability. The new displacement of the legendary 4 cylinder is obtained with a new bore and stroke ratio with a focus on optimizing the power curve of the BRUTALE to be even more manageable while at the same time offering the class leading power. The new four cylinder MV Agusta matches 129 horsepower with a broad torque curve, incredible levels of power have never been this easy to control. The crankshaft of the BRUTALE is shared with the 55mm stroke unit in the 1090RR as well as the 2nd order engine balance shaft and the optimized oiling system and the oil cooled generator.

The BRUTALE has a number of dedicated engine components including the new cylinder block and 73mm pistons as well as a cooling system with the radiator catch tank which is now at the same pressure as the atmosphere helping to keep the engine temperature under control even in the most extreme track or city driving conditions. The intake system breaths through a bank of 46mm Mikuni throttle bodies working together with the hyper sophisticated engine management system. The Magneti Marelli 5SM ecu controls the fuel injection, ignition and the various maps. The double engine map (Normal and Sport) allows the rider to tune the engine management system to the conditions and coupled with 8 position variable traction control the BRUTALE can be ridden to the limit while always remaining under control.


The BRUTALE shares its chassis configuration and geometry with the 990R and 1090RR as well as most of the chassis components. The frame is a mixture of a steel trellis structure and lateral aluminum plates that has become the trademark of MV Agusta since the first application on the F4, a frame structure that has been continually copied but never equaled by other manufacturers. The chassis dimensions are the same as on the other Brutale models offering a perfect dynamic balance and a precise response to rider inputs. With a 1430 mm wheelbase, 25° steering head angle and 103,5 mm of trail the new BRUTALE offers without a doubt the best balance of agility and stability. A technical feature the new BRUTALE is a new steering head which offers optimized rigidity for this type of naked which will without a doubt become the new reference for easy handling. Coupled with the revised steering head design is new suspension valving which is both softer and smoother to give the maximum amount of feedback even to less experienced riders. But, make no mistakes, the new BRUTALE is still Brutale, thanks to the infinite amount of tuning possible with the 50 mm Marzocchi USD front forks and Sachs mono shock. With just a few clicks you can easily transform the BRUTALE into a track weapon. BRUTALE is also known for its agility: coupled with the new Pirelli Angel tires the feedback from the tarmac is always immediate and the 180/55 section rear tire aids in putting down the 129 horsepower from the MV 4 cylinder engine. Performance of a supersport and handle of a middleweight, the new BRUTALE from MV Agusta continues to redefine the naked sportbike segment.


  1. PeteB says:

    I have owned a 2006 910S Brutale since new and can state in the 50 years i’ve been riding (I’m 66 now) its the most fun road bike I have ever ridden. Its comfortable (I’m 5’10”) for my 300 mile canyon carving, desert crossing Sunday ride or going to the market. Its reliability is on par with the various Hondas I’ve owned, currently 2008 1000RR, previously 954RR, VFR800 and 750, F2.
    For the fun the Brutale has given me over the years it was certainly worth the extra bucks.
    I was considering buying a new 990R but will certainly wait for the 920 to appear.

    • MPs MV says:

      I agree with you, Pete! I’ve had no issues whatsover with my bike thus far (knock on wood) and I have over 10,000 miles on my bike. Hard to say if that can be considered realiable considering that its low miles for a bike that I got in 2004. The look is still pretty updated, but that’s probably because the bike is so rare to see around. It really is a thrill to ride! Because the 750 has a higher redline than its bigger bore brothers, it really screeches pretty loud when you open it up, even with the stock pipes on it. I couldn’t be happier with the bike! I’m looking forward to getting the F3 in the next couple of years, but I still have to work on my wife with that one. ; )

  2. MPs MV says:

    Not to gloat, but I am a very proud owner of the original 750 Brute. I have the all red one with the silver wheels. However, I have since replaced all the black plastic parts with beautiful carbon fiber, which makes a huge difference in its final appearance. Additionally, I’ve added some very trick parts such as high end brake/clutch GP style folding levers, front/rear R & D frame sliders, Sato adjustable rear-sets, some Rizoma accent parts and I replaced the standard dual pipes with a titanium Arrow thunder exhaust system with a carbon fiber cap (I never liked the dual stock pipes of the bike, so they had to go). The shorty pipe makes a huge difference in the appearance and flows much better with the lines of the bike (I also took the DB killer out which adds the same nice gurgle sound, but amplified without being obnoxiously loud). I also removed the pasenger foot pegs and the rear seat and replaced the seat with a carbon fiber rear seat cowl with a race inspired look.

    I also tend to clean the bike more than actually ride it, but that has a lot to do with me being a family man with two young kids (and long Chicago winters) who tend to keep me real busy these days if I’m not at work. However, every now and then, I do get a chance to play and ride the Brute. Let me say, I receive quite a bit of attention with this thing, whether its good or bad, or just plain ambivalent (it also helps to be in a big city). I truly believe that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so I can respect other people’s opinion about any bike for that matter, as I, too, have my own opinion on bikes, but I have learned to essentially appreciate anything on two wheels (btw, I love the Triple!).

    However, I am truly obsessed with anything MV and I picked the Brute over the actual F4 only because I am older and prefer a better riding position so that I can ride for a longer period of time, since I do most of my riding on the streets anyway and not the track. That’s not to say that the Brute is the most comfortable bike available out there, but nevertheless, its still an MV and its what I was fascinated with. No regrets on my choice as I’m sure that if I would have gotten the F4 first, I would have most definitely lusted over the Brute as well.

    It truly is quite a feeling when you are at a stop light and you can literally feel the faces or expressions of unknown people looking towards you (mostly men, of course) just gawking at the bike. Some of the people just look at me and they will make a motion of approval, while others will have a “WTF look” about them because they don’t know what kind of bike I’m riding simply because it is so different. The one’s that do ask, they normally ask if the bike is a Ducati, which I get all the time (even in bumper to bumper traffic on the expressway being my last encounter this past summer with a guy who drove from the far left lane into the emergency lane to the far right upon spotty me on the bike, because I was riding in the far right lane, just to see the bike up close and to ask me shouting the Ducati question). I guess you could say they are definitely cousins with some of the older Ducati models having been designed by Tamburini who designed the current MVs.

    My best compliment came while I was visiting my friend in Davenport, Iowa several years ago…We had stopped by a motorcylce shop just to check out the current bikes and we had just arrived in the parking lot. While we were taking off our gear, a couple of young guys walking in mostly familiar with Japanese sportbikes (specifically Kawasaki) came up to us and started to look over the bike and ask me a lot of questions about it. We chatted for about 10 minutes and as they walked away, one of them said, “I’ve never like naked bikes much, but I must say, that is one of the baddest bikes I have ever seen.” I think he now appreciates any naked bike he sees these days since there are so many nice one’s now just from that experience.

    I also ride my bike to work several times a year. This year, I managed to park it outside the building at the entrance of the building that I work in, which is also the same building that has the company’s cafeteria (the company is made up of several buildings). After lunch time, I was running across the street to one of the other buildings for whatever reason and the security guard at the entrance told me playfully that I could not park my bike there because of all commotion it was causing. Apparently, a lot of the men coming over for lunch were asking the guard relentlessly who’s bike that was, or what kind of bike it was, and because they would gather around the bike in the entrance, they were not letting the other people who weren’t interested, but were coming over for lunch, get through easily. I acutally took it to heart, so I parked the bike away from the front door entrance. Even as I left for the evening, there was a mail room guy standing over it trying to “figure” it out.

    Anyway, my point is, I obviously did not choose this bike for the great dealer network (I don’t even think there is a network with this bike) or its performance, as there are way cheaper bikes, both old and new, with smaller or larger displacements that would easily put a world of hurt on me (unless I had an F4 or soon to come F3), but that doesn’t matter me (still capable of holding my own). The bike really chose me because of its exotic nature which does come at a cost. It is something that is best appreciated going slow or at a complete stop and not for its performance…Its the detailing and mystery surrounding it that makes it special. It truly is art, because it captures your eye and makes you think about it. For some, its a Da Vinci while for others its a Picaso. You may not like or understand the forms of the art, but nevertheless, its still art, and as you all know, art is never cheap.

    • Tim says:

      I hope when you’re at intersections getting gawked at, that you give the on-looker more reason to drool by giving them a quick blip of the throttle. As beautiful as the bike is, the sound is even better.

  3. Mike says:

    The F4 MV Agusta is the best looking bike made today period. This Brutalle doesn’t impress me. I’d rather have a Speed Triple.

  4. Joey Wilson says:

    While I admire the devil out of these things, until MV (and its Piaggio-owned neighbors Aprilia and Moto-Guzzi) achieve even a semblance of nationwide distribution (you know, dealers, parts, that sort of thing), they will be objects of desire, which like most things of that sort, are only ogled from afar.

  5. Norm G. says:

    along with this bike, i’m absolutely loving all the MV-Ferrari analogies. 🙂 but (if i may) i’d like to redefine/expand the Ferrari reference going forward to include ALL motorcycling not just limit it to the MV marque. do this and i GAURANTEE you a better understanding of the “price of admission” related our hobby. that’s right i said “hobby”. statistically, even a relatively ubiquitous model like a GSXR has more in common with a F599 than it does say… a Sonata. motorcycling is to niche business as Ferrari is to niche business (you may quote me). forget winter for a moment, i can go some days during riding season round these parts and not spot a single motorcycle 🙁 (this, very Ferrari like). however, if one tried to count the number of Hyundias, you’d need a supercomputer. it seems there’s a valuable lesson on economics here “hidden amongst the trees” for those inclined to make the observation.

    • Justin says:

      on the other hand, I wonder if there’s /anybody/ who does a daily commute in a Ferrari?

      I’d say you’re right that motorcyclists are a lot more like Ferrari owners than Hyundai owners, but ours is a hobby with practical benefits and that shouldn’t be ignored, either.

      If I had one of these beauties, you can bet I’d ride it to work. Choosing whether to ride in the rain would be tough…

      • Mickey says:

        Yea, I don’t think I’d trust leaving an exotic piece of Italian machinery parked in the parking lot at work. Can’t imagine the empty pit in the stomach feeling one would have after walking out to the lot for the ride home only to find the spot empty after some low life made off with your 2 wheeled Ferrari, just knowing that insurance even wouldn’t cover what you have left on the loan.

  6. BillBill says:

    BiAt 15 K a copy..keep it ! I’ll ride my Strom DL1000 do more ,see more , spend less !

  7. Tex says:

    Well I don’t understand the references to Harley , my 96 has 30000 miles with few issues
    I have an 04 Aprilia Tuono that’s been quite reliable 23000 miles so far.A new 450 motocross bike costs around 7 grand so whats the issue about price. Ducati is building $65000 motorcycles .Think of this bike as an ferrari and its cheap. I hope the V4 Tuono can be had for this price.

    • Honker says:

      Tex, I would not brag about 30K on a 96 bike. My 96 Connie had 200K+ when I sold it in 08, still running fine with only basic maintenance. Still see it on the road, choke up a bit about selling it as well.
      I’m kind of old school as to bikes, I ride them till they drop, or until the next “man I got to ride that” comes around. This looks nice, but my budget doesn’t allow for it now. I actually am leaning toward a supermoto style as my next pickup.
      Just ride every chance you get.

  8. Santa Claus says:

    A merry Christmas to all and may there be a MV under each and every one of your trees. Amen

  9. Tuono says:

    These bikes are even nicer in person than the photos and the detail is outstanding. Would love to have one in the garage beside my other Italians girls…Sophie (’03 Tuono) and Maria (’60 Guzzi Ambassador).

    • Norm G. says:

      this, especially true for the updated fully faired F4. in pictures…? not so much. after all, i thought, how can you improve upon the “mona lisa”…? after the 2nd or 3rd time seeing one in person i came to realize the error of my ways.

  10. ryan says:

    This is a nice motorcycle but always the issues is price..15K..I have been selling bikes for 25yrs now and Triumph has motorcycles at 10k that are on par with this one.The 675 Street Triple will do everything this bike will do and its easier on the pocket..If i were comparing this to an XR1200 well i would spend the cash and get the Brutale..

  11. Zombo says:

    It looks like the dark color Suzuki Gladius without the silver plastic covers and a different pipe . Really don’t get the ugly melted headlight look the bike makers are putting on many naked bikes these days . It’s an unattractive design , even on an Italian Harley .

  12. Mark says:

    The Brutale is the best looking bike that has ever been produced in my opinion, and I drool everytime I see one! The dealer network is nil here, and the price will probably still be out of my reach, but I will still lust after these anyway. What a beautiful piece of machinery!!!

  13. Mickey says:

    “All one has to do is look at the gorgeous details and high end parts on the Brutale, and it is no contest. It’s like comparing a Porsche to an Impala. I’ve ridden both, and there is still no contest. The Brutale is the most fun you can have with your clothes on. And the sound of the Brutale is glorious, the best sound this side of a Ferrari.”

    You know that would mean something to me if I wasn’t afraid of it breaking down in the middle of nowhere with no dealer support to back it up.It is an Italian Harley (just like my son’s Ducati Monster). Great for riding in the neighboorhood, but you wouldn’t want to ride it any further than you’d be comfortable walking home.

    • monsterduc1000 says:

      Ducati’s support network is pretty broad as it is not as exclusive as the MV. There are 4 Ducati dealers within an hour of my place.

      • Mickey says:

        When my son’s Ducati’s transmission locked up, we had to trailer it 100 miles to the dealer, then drive 100 miles back home. Then 3 weeks later drive 100 miles to pick it up, then 100 miles back home. 8 hours and 400 miles total on the trailer. We also had to tow it down there for the 600 mile service where they also fixed an oil leak and an electrical problem. That’s when he called it his Italian Harley. His Yamaha FZ-1 on the other hand has 25,000 miles on it and it has never had to go back to the dealer which BTW is only 8 miles away. No oil leaks, no electrical probs, no transmission probs. He won’t ride the Ducati more than 100 miles from home. The Yamaha he tours on.

        • Wilson R says:

          I don’t understand the reference to Harleys being unreliable, unless you’re talking about 25 years ago. I have 52,000 trouble free miles on mine, a mileage figure that not many riders will ever attain on a single bike. Please live in today and try to be accurate in your information. Thanks

    • Tim says:

      I can’t argue the dealership issues. But really, this is no different than owning a high end sports car like a Ferrari…it goes with the territory. My riding buddy has had one for 3 years, and there have been no significant reliability issues. He bought it slightly used, and it had an after market exhaust on it (which he has since replaced with a stainless steel exhaust which looks like the original.) The only issue he’s had with the bike was the after market exhaust melting the turn signal.

      Our Kansas City dealership (also a Ducati dealer) quit selling them, so he had to order a replacement turn signal from the dealer in Denver, as well as the brackets and hangers for the exhaust, but they’ve been outstanding to deal with, and it hasn’t been a big issue.

      I’m 5’9″, and the riding position is very comfortable for me. Another buddy is 6’2″ and it’s a bit too compact for him. Still, it’s not a bike I would want to take a cross country trip on. But then, that’s a good excuse to buy a touring specific motorcycle. I’m a firm believer that every motorcyclist should own multiple bikes. It’s the American way.

  14. Tim says:

    $15,000 for a Brutale, or the same for a mid range Harley? All one has to do is look at the gorgeous details and high end parts on the Brutale, and it is no contest. It’s like comparing a Porsche to an Impala. I’ve ridden both, and there is still no contest. The Brutale is the most fun you can have with your clothes on. And the sound of the Brutale is glorious, the best sound this side of a Ferrari. Rev a Brutale at bike night and everyone stops mid sentence to see where that highly tuned sound is coming from. Rev a Harley, and you’re just another one of the black T shirt uniformed, poser banker dudes making an obnoxious noise.

    It will be interesting to see what the do to cheapen it. Probably no braided brake lines, and fewer light, high end alloy parts and suspension. On the other hand, they may not have to do much, given that the family who owns it sold it for a nice profit, then bought it back for virtually nothing (I don’t know if it is true, but I believe the rumor is that they paid $1.00 to take it off of Harley’s hands.) Harley spent a fortune updating the bikes, so they have virutally no development expense tied up in the new models. When you have, essentially, no start up expenses, and no development expenses, you can knock a big chunk out of the ocst of a bike like this.

    I’m anxious to see what they price this at. I don’t see how they could knock too much off of the price though. If they get much lower they’ll be in the territory of the new triple they’re coming out with, and I’m sure they won’t want to compete with those. I’m guessing maybe $12,000 on the low end.

  15. monsterduc1000 says:

    Yes you can get the run of the mill japanese version, but sometimes it is worth it to pay a few extra bones for something that is unique…the exact reason I bought a Ducati Monster over whatever genero nakeds were out at the time.

  16. Wilson R says:

    It’s funny how the little CBR250R has generated more interest than this MV. Over 200 riders have commented on the Honda.

  17. Kentucky Garrett says:

    I just don’t get it. Never have. I’ve loved motorcycles since I learned to blink, and MV has never made a motorcycle that makes my heart sink like a Ducati, Aprilia, Triumph, or even a nice Japanese bike. Does anyone out there agree with me? If not, can someone please talk me into this?

    • Wilson R says:

      You can get the same or better performance and reliability for half the money elsewhere. But the other bikes don’t have the letters “MV” on them to boost your ego.

    • Tim says:

      The beauty of the Brutale is in the details. Look closely at the welds, the alloy parts, the art work on the engine cases, the braided lines, the etching on the exhausts… Throw in a red frame and silver or black tank, and you have the best looking bike made to date.

      It’s not all up side. Parts can be hard to come by and are very expensive. You can usually get them, but not promptly, and the dealer network is pretty shakey. The previous models were pretty twitchy to ride, and screamed out for a slipper clutch. Still, I can think of no other bike I’d rather have in my garage than a Brutale with a red frame and silver tank and fenders.

    • asphalt surfer says:

      No one should have to “talk you into it”. It just might not be your cup of tea. I have a friend that have had MVs as well as the original 916 concept. It is all about Massiso Tamborini, the original designer. Until just the last few years no other motorcycle manufacturer other than MV took a whole bike approach to design. Look at the huge turn signals and mirrors from the 80s that the Japanese have been sticking on motorcycles up until just the last few years. A lot of the components were just afterthoughts or add-ons. Not with MT and his MV. He and his team design every since component in detail to work with the flow of the bike. The Brutale is the most challenging I think of concepts. A naked bike with detailed styling is no easy task as I’ve built a naked from the ground up myself. You have to have an appreciation for the talent of MT and enjoy washing the bike by hand not just looking at quarter mile times in order to really understand and desire an MV. They simply are not for everyone and that is the point.

      • Norm G. says:

        CIRCLE GETS THE SQUARE…! goes to asphalt for being the first to mention the name TAMBURINI and the intangible value added therein.

  18. Robbo says:

    Needs some colour to spice it up.

    All black makes me think of a streetfighter spray bomb job…

  19. Austin ZZR 1200 says:

    I always get a chuckle when I read posts with people complaining about how cramped sport bikes are. Its like complaining about a Ferrari’s headroom. The complaint usually is followed with an admission to being overweight. This is an American phenomenon and from what I can tell on the roads, riders are pretty representative of the US (male) population. We pack on 30% more weight than we need to, we dont exercise we have crappy diets.

    Put the fork down, limit your fried/dairy/processed food intake, exercise and mix in a little yoga. If you cant ride at that point, the aftermarket can help you. Sheesh.

    • Dave says:

      I’m 6’4″, 170lbs. Sport bikes are small for 6 footers, American, skinny, fat or otherwise.

      • Austin ZZR 1200 says:

        Understood, but you CAN find a bike or bike+aftermarket to fit you, that’s my point. There is a reason why ‘sport’ is in sportbikes, its designed for racing.

    • Mike says:

      What’s even funnier is that you see 10x as many sport bikes in the U.S. as you do in places like Italy. I spent a week in Rome and saw about 30 naked bikes for every 1 crotch rocket and about 50 Honda’s for every 1 Ducati.

  20. Bob says:

    Love it. Always have. But the only dealer in my area dropped them about 1 1/2 years ago. And the states that border mine don’t have a dealer either. How do you get parts, especially under warranty when there is no dealer within 500 miles? I don’t mind doing my own work. I do anyway. But will MV pay me to do warranty work? Or will I have to trailer it 500 miles each way, to drop off and pick up, for a grand total of 2000 miles?

  21. jimbo says:

    A major point comprising the gestalt of a bike such as this is its rarity, how unlikely its owner/rider is to see one on the road, whether the owner is riding the bike or not. Such rarity increases its value, as does the rarity of any merchandise/service. Rarity and value-for-performance are inversely proportional. If MV Augusta changed to mass-market high-volume production, it would become just another motorcycle on the road and its desirability would decrease for those who value rarity. You don’t see end-of-year clearance pricing for Ferrari and probably never will.

  22. ROXX says:

    This bike makes me even more excited about the new Kawasaki 1000’s.

  23. Bud says:

    I have to chuckle at you guys who act like 15K is an astronomical price. Not cheap by any means but the price of an economy car. At the lower pricing they are hinting at here, if they can convince me of reliable parts and service, I’m interested. But will I be able to find any kind of fork mounted fairing that fits around that goofy headlight shape?

  24. Angel says:

    I want one!

  25. ABQ says:

    A cheap Brutale for the price of a Harley…hmmm
    I think I will stick to dreaming about a speed tripple.

  26. MGNorge says:

    My brother has an F4 in the garage. Guess what? It’s become more of a museum piece because its ergos are so tight and comfort is a real issue after only a few miles. Add to that that he’s pushing 60 and the MV often goes unridden. What a shame but I’d bet it’s not unheard of with those bikes.

  27. Eric says:

    I am with Leroi – these bikes (and most new, non-cruisers for that matter) are designed for the very nimble or less-than-6-foot crowd.I sat on the Brutale 1090 at a local dealer here in Raleigh, and it was nice – but almost identical to the Z1000. With similar performance and a better dealer network, it would be tough to shell out the extra $8K for the Brutale. Now, if they made the Brutale with a 60″ wheelbase, hard luggage options, and more comfy ergos for a big guy.. Well, I guess I would have to trade in the minivan for one!

    • jasonvoorhees says:

      I would like a 62″ wheelbase and comfy ergos. I would trade HD for a chance to smell the tire tracks……..

  28. drbyers says:

    daddy likey…

  29. Mickey says:

    “exotica unobtanuim”.

    I looked at their dealer list..none in Ohio, Kentucky, or Indiana which is my stomping ground (and the heart of the mid-west). There is ONE someplace in Michigan.

    Like trpldog says.. dealers,parts,service??

  30. asphalt surfer says:

    Sort of like an original numbered Picasso “print”- very nice to allow more of the masses a Tamborini

  31. Trpldog says:

    Dealers, parts, service??

  32. ziggy says:

    How ’bout we do a shootout between that Honda 250 and this thing?

    • Wilson R says:

      The little 250 would win in reliability, speed, dealer support, mileage, parts availability, aftermarket parts, insurance rates, weight, price and possibly even handling on a tight road. The MV would be faster and might be considered to be more aesthetically pleasing to some. Those little letter “MV” are very expensive.

  33. leroi says:

    ahh..alas.. I sat on both the F4 and the Brutale at the NYC Motorshow and I kid you not…I got a charleyhorse..too cramped for my long shanks. These bikes simply dont fit a 6′-x” fella.. Or was I just out of shape? Hmm..

  34. yamasarus says:

    If there was ever a “masculine” looking motorcycle, this is it!

  35. Travman says:

    Nice, I’ve ridden the latest 1090 Brutale at a Demo Days event. It really blew me away and turned me onto the idea of owning a MV someday. Maybe this cheaper version will be the one.

  36. Wilson R says:

    Affordable is $6000, not $15,000. Not many are going to be sold at that price.

    • Dirck Edge says:

      I think the article makes it clear that we believe that the new Brutale will be priced substantially below the $15,000 990R … just as it will be in Europe.

      • Kawboy says:

        There you go! I was wondering if anyone was going to tell these guys that they misunderstood or misread. I was if you didn’t.

    • Just Joe says:

      “Affordable” is defined by the strata of one’s income and the strata of the object.$6K US buys one a very nice used Japanese bike, but it is not a reasonable figure to apply to an exotic European brand, even if it isn’t a high spec model. An “affordable” Mercedes is more expensive than a premium Kia; it’s up to you to decide which is the better deal for your situation.

      • Hmmmm says:

        +1.. “affordable” is in the eye of the beholder. Tasty stuff here but its not for everyone, and is not intended to be.

    • Old town hick says:

      Note that the word “affordable” was in quotation marks. Most of us can figure out that this means a lower price relative to the other model, and that 15 grand is still a lot of money. Sheesh.