One sign the motorcycle market feels a little more confident than it did a few years ago are the numerous models enjoying updates, even from the smaller motorcycle manufacturers. A great example of this is the latest take on MV Agusta’s Brutale 800.
To be fair, the update marks the 15th anniversary of the bike’s first appearance.
‘Fully redesigned and yet still tied to its origins, the New Brutale 800 is more effective on the road, delivers more efficient performances and it is naturally more beautiful,’ brags MV Agusta. ‘Style, engine, equipment and chassis are all called into question again with the aim of creating the best Brutale of all time.’
The Brutale series of motorcycles are MV Agusta’s naked bike range and the 800 enjoys updated proportions, modeled on more sculpted shapes. The new Brutale 800 enhances the reinterpretation of the main stylistic features, such as the elliptical shape of the headlamp, now a full LED, and the three‐pipe exhaust, with increased shape and capacity, packing a whopping 4.3-gallon gas tank for longer rides.
At the heart of the new style there is the futuristic frame of the saddle chassis in light alloy, which blends in with the trapezoidal tank which is integrated with the air box, giving the motorcycle an aggressive feel.
Some of the brand new features on the Brutale 800 include its double saddle, concealed passenger handles, rear light and LED indicators. The instrument panel has also changed, with a new handlebar and the addition of the clutch pump and the related tank which raises the quality of the area, thanks also to the renewed digital instrument panel and electric switches.
There have been changes in the engine too, with the latest development of the three cylinders with counter‐rotating crankshaft not only meeting the all-important Euro 4 emission standards, but is also capable of delivering a maximum power output of 116 hp at 11,500 rpm. A record maximum torque, increased by 25% with 61 lb.-ft. at 7,600 rpm, with 90% of the value already available at 3,800 rpm.
In addition to the counter‐rotating crankshaft, the new Brutale 800 is the only one in its category with electronic EAS 2.0 up/down gear shift. The slipper clutch is now hydraulically operated while the engine is managed by the MVICS system, which includes integrated multi map Full Ride by Wire in the traction control with 8 settings.
These are all accessories that just a few years ago riders wouldn’t expect on a production motorcycle, with some riders not even seeing a need for them. However, they are quickly becoming an expectation on anything resembling a performance motorcycle.
In terms of handling, the Brutale 800 has a new frame with a wheelbase that has been extended to 1400 mm (+20mm), and a trail that is now 103.5 compared to 95mm in the previous version. The ALS steel tubing frame is incorporated with light aluminum alloy clamps in the rear area of the pivot of the single swingarm.
The Marzocchi fork has 43 mm diameter upside aluminum forks with a travel of 125 mm, 1 mm more than the Sachs shock absorber, which is tethered to the single swingarm. The brake system is Brembo throughout, with a pair of 320 mm diameter front floating disks and brake calipers with four pistons, while at the rear a twin piston caliper acts on a 220 mm disk. The Bosch ABS 9 Plus completes the picture, guaranteeing safety and performance on any road surface.
Speaking of both safety and handling, the new Pirelli Diablo Rosso III tires, fitted as original equipment for the first time ever on a standard production motorbike, are an additional asset.
The more detailed-focused riders can ‘wow’ at the new footpeg mounts, the ducts as well as the front headlight supports.
MV Agusta’s 2017 MV Agusta Brutale 800 offers three color-schemes available, Black Matt Metallic, Pearl Ice White and of course, Red. All this comes at a MSRP of $13,498.