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First Ride! 2010 MV Agusta Brutale 990R and 1090RR

By Michael Neeves -

First rides & tests

 30 September 2009 10:08

MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves is in Italy and has just had his first ride on MV AgustaBrutale 990R and 1090RR. Here are his initial riding impressions:

“The first thing I noticed is how much more refined this super-naked is. Despite looking the same as the old model the bike is completely new from its chassis to its bodywork.

"On the road ride that I’ve just done it’s obvious that both machines are far roomier than before and have better ride quality.

"But both machines are still the Brutale we know and love with an excess of power and lovely handling (not to mention wheelies on tap).

"I prefer the 1090RR because the ride quality is better and the engine smoother.”

“I have discovered that both bikes are slightly heavier and have less power than the models they replace but I will find out why later on.

"This will be included in our full road test and track riding impressions from Misano race track in the issue on sale on 7 October.”