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MV Agusta Brutale 989R
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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

Don’t think of the Brutale 989R as a watered-down version of its 1078RR bigger brother; it’s a powerhouse of a bike in its own right. MV claim a massive 142bhp from the crank and a top speed of 165mph, which puts it right up there with the best in the super naked class. Compared to the Brutale 910, the 989R has new Brembo four-piston radial calipers, revised catalysers, revalved suspension and 4mm extra fork travel.


MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 0

The inline-four-cylinder 982cc Brutale 989R is a bored-out evolution of the old 909cc Brutale 910, not a sleeved-down version of the superbike-engined Brutale 1078RR, although it does use the same pistons with a reduced compression ratio. Make sense? It’s insanely fast when you’ve got the space to use it. It’s also loud, brash, aggressive and ready to bite the second you take your eye off the ball, like the finest Chav-bred Pit Bull Terrier. It maybe a smaller version of the superbike-engined 1078RR, but remember it’s still bigger than the original 750 and 910 Brutales, and we thought they were pretty quick in the first place. The 989R does suffer from a harsh throttle response, though, which spoils low-speed and motorway riding.  

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 5
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This isn’t a bike for tall people, if you’re over six foot you’ll struggle to get your knees under the ‘wings’ on the 19-litre fuel tank. Its dinky dimensions make it cramped for most riders and it’s easy for feet to slip off smooth, rounded footpegs too. That aside, the Brutale handles like a superbike, with sharp steering and superb stability in the corners and in a straight line, although it is on the heavy side.


MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 0

The 989R has typical Italian hand-built attention to detail and it’s loaded with expensive cycle parts like Brembo Monobloc calipers, a fully adjustable Sachs rear shock, 50mm Marzocchi forks and adjustable rearsets. You get a rasping, angry soundtrack to die for and a view over the clocks like you’re perched on the edge of a cliff. Compare and buy parts for the MV Agusta Brutale in the MCN Shop.

MV Agusta Brutale 989R (2008-2012)

Detail Value
New price £8,750
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Engine size 982 cc
Power 142 bhp
Top speed 155 mph
Insurance group 17 of 17
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Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

Build-quality is superb and we haven’t heard of Brutales breaking down either. There’s now a new UK importer (, which should give you piece of mind that parts and servicing won’t be an issue and now that MV Agusta is owned by Harley Davidson, the constant threat of MV’s closure has gone.


MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 0

It may be hand-built, exclusive and lightning fast but twelve grand is way too much for the 989R. You can get equivalent performing exotic super nakeds for less, like the KTM Super Duke R and Ducati Streetfighter. Find an MV Agusta Brutale 989R for sale.


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Model History

2008 – Brutale 989R launched


Top speed 155 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.56 secs
Max power 142 bhp
Max torque 76.4 ft-lb
Weight 185 kg
Seat height 820 mm
Fuel capacity 19 litres
Average fuel consumption 26 mpg
Tank range 110 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 17 of 17
Engine size 982 cc
Engine specification 16-valve, in-line-four
Frame Steel trellis
Front suspension adjustment Fully-adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Fully-adjustable
Front brakes 2 x 310mm discs
Rear brake 210mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 17 in
Rear tyre size 190/55 17 in

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