|Year of specifications
@ 10,600 rpm
/ 419 lbs
/ 32.68 inches
The Brutale has been around since '99, and when it was first
introduced it brought a real sense of sophistication and style
to the naked sportsbike segment. Despite its age it still continues
to turn heads, but the styling is not quite as fresh as it once
was. Now it follows the trend rather than sets them.
For the 2010 model year MV Agusta have given the bike a comprehensive
mechanical overhaul and a mild styling refresh. They've also
renamed the two models available, the Brutale 1090RR - described
here, and the Brutale 990R.
Despite the fact the Brutale 1090RR looks remarkably similar
to the previous model it actually shares only 15% of the parts
with its predecessor. Among the redesigned components are new
wheel rims, brake discs, suspension internals, instrument cluster,
headlight, taillight, and swingarm.
The bodywork of the MV Agusta Brutale 1090RR has been modified
to include larger intakes to direct more air into the airbox.
The radiator is now protected on either side by a new bodywork
element instead of the previous metal component. The biggest
change occurs at the rear of the bike where a new, slimmer tail
unit with an integrated LED taillight can be found. The design
and angle of the twin exhausts have also been modified to better
suit the lines of the bike.
The frame of the 1090RR Brutale is a chromium molybdenum steel
trellis unit which features a taller, lighter and more rigid
design than the previous model. The new swingarm is 1kg (2.2
lbs) lighter than the 2009 model's, while also being slightly
longer to increase the wheelbase and improve the stability.
The 50mm front forks have had their internals and oil dynamics
redesigned by CRC, and are produced by Marzocchi. The compression,
extension, and spring preload are all adjustable.
Powering the MV Agusta Brutale 1090RR is a 1078cc, four-cylinder,
16 valve engine which spits out 144 horsepower @ 10,600 rpm
and 115 Nm of torque @ 8,000 rpm. This is connected to a six-speed
gearbox equipped with a slipper clutch. The new engine also
has an enhanced cooling system and lighter components than the