MV-AGUSTA BRUTALE 1090RR (2009-on) Review

Published: 14 October 2009

"This would be a five out of five motorcycle but its fourteen-grand price tag puts it out of reach for all but the lucky few"

MV-AGUSTA BRUTALE 1090RR  (2009-on)

"This would be a five out of five motorcycle but its fourteen-grand price tag puts it out of reach for all but the lucky few"

  • At a glance
  • 1078cc  -  142 bhp
  • 26 mpg  -  160 miles range
  • Medium seat height (830mm)
  • £14,599

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

MV’s new range-topping Brutale 1090RR, the first of the new-generation of machines built under Harley Davidson ownership, might not look very different to the old one, but it’s a revelation.

It’s 85% new, boasts a dual power map, an eight-stage traction control system and is 4kg lighter than the out-going 1078RR. But most importantly it’s night-and-day friendlier and easier to ride than ever before, and still goes like stink.

It’s a real shame MV didn’t move the styling on a bit though. This would be a five out of five motorcycle but its fourteen-grand price tag puts it out of reach for all but the lucky few.

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5

Gone is the cramped, harsh, uncomfortable Brutale of old, MV’s new super naked is almost Honda-like in its refinement, comfort and friendliness.

On the road it’s smooth and easy and on track it’s one of the best production bikes you can buy out of the crate, with or without a fairing.

The standard slipper clutch helps the Brutale glide into corners effortlessly, there’s epic stability at full lean and tons of grip and composure on the throttle.

Engine 5 out of 5

The 142bhp inline-four cylinder 1078cc motor has the same basic layout and capacity as the out-going flagship Brutale 1078RR.

It’s around 3bhp down on last year’s bike, due to restrictions in the exhaust for noise and emissions.

The motor is 2.5kg lighter and has a slipper clutch. It also has a new starter and generator assembly, revised gearshift with a longer throw, water pump, oil pump, oil pump pick-up, fuel pump, balance shaft and exhaust.

It’s still an angry, powerful beast of a motor but now with all the rough edges smoothed off.

The traction control system detects engine revs and doesn’t have wheel-speed sensors, like the Ducati Streetfighter S. It’s very subtle and is hard to feel whether or not it actually works.

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

There’s no doubting the quality of the Brutale 1109RR, it’s exemplary, and has a better attention to detail than its closest rival: the Ducati Streetfighter S.

Previous Brutales have been proved to be reliable and now that Harley Davidson are at the reigns, spares availability promises to be improved.

Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5

This is still the awe-inspiring Brutale we all know and love, but now it has a calm and civil side, which we like. It’s a superb machine and one we’d all love to own if we had the disposable.

But for £6000 less you can buy a brand new Triumph Speed Triple, which might not be as exclusive but is just as much fun. Find an MV Agusta Brutale 1078RR for sale.

Insurance group: 17 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 5 out of 5

As well as traction control the Brutale 1090RR comes with fully adjustable 50mm Marzocchi forks and a Sachs rear shock.

It has monobloc four-piston calipers, a slipper clutch, a gear position indicator and completely new bodywork, including a roomier seat and a taller 23-litre fuel tank. It has hand-built exotic-ness oozing from every pore.

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2009
Year discontinued -
New price £14,599
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 142 bhp
Max torque 85 ft-lb
Top speed 165 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 26 mpg
Tank range 160 miles
Specification
Engine size 1078cc
Engine type Four-stroke, inline-four
Frame type Steel trellis/cast ali mix
Fuel capacity 23 litres
Seat height 830mm
Bike weight 190kg
Front suspension Fully-adjustable
Rear suspension Fully-adjustable
Front brake Single 320mm disc
Rear brake 210mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 17 in
Rear tyre size 190/55 17 in

History & Versions

Model history

2009 – Model introduced

Other versions

MV Agusta Brutale 990R

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