MV-AGUSTA BRUTALE 800 DRAGSTER (2014-on) Review

Published: 20 March 2014

Delightfully wayward, the Dragster is an unashamedly adrenaline-fuelled riot from start to finish

MV-AGUSTA BRUTALE 800 DRAGSTER  (2014-on)

Delightfully wayward, the Dragster is an unashamedly adrenaline-fuelled riot from start to finish

  • At a glance
  • 798cc  -  125 bhp
  • 45 mpg  -  130 miles range
  • Medium seat height (811mm)
  • New: £10,990

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The Brutale 800 Dragster is a very specific type of bike for a very specific purpose. Don’t expect it to go touring or suffer a daily commute. It’s a proper Sunday show-off, at home honing about streets and back lanes, using its banging midrange and sorted throttle response to boss traffic with extravagant disdain. It’s as good as its looks; if you like them, you’ll love the Dragster. Delightfully wayward…the Dragster is an unashamedly adrenaline-fuelled riot from start to finish.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

On the road, the Dragster is right at home. Steering is light, precise, and flicks off the bumps and ridges with entertaining eagerness. The bike’s propensity to wheelie, even with traction control dialled in, is almost as astonishing as its stability. The oversize rear tyre limits scratching in the really tight stuff and its effect is proven by half-an-inch of unused rubber on the sides of the front tyre. And the suspension is harsh over big bumps, crashing them into the chassis. But overall the impression is of big, big grins…

Engine 4 out of 5

MV have worked hard to sort out their initial fuelling woes. Ever since the F3 675 was launched, MVs have been criticised for hesitant and unpredictable throttle control. The new Rivale showed they’d solved the problems and, with the new settings rolled out across the range, the Dragster confirms it – the engine is an absolute belter and a joy to use in any of its four power modes. It’s a big thumbs up to MV’s electronics engineers.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

MV’s new triples are still to prove their reliability, but the finish appears good.

Insurance, running costs & value 3 out of 5

The price is slightly high for an 800, but this is a premium Italian product.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Traction control, ABS and four riding modes come as standard.

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2014
Year discontinued -
New price £10,990
Used price -
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £81
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 125 bhp
Max torque 60 ft-lb
Top speed 155 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 45 mpg
Tank range 130 miles
Specification
Engine size 798cc
Engine type Four-stroke, liquid-cooled DOHC, 12v inline triple
Frame type Tubular steel trellis
Fuel capacity 16.6 litres
Seat height 811mm
Bike weight 167kg
Front suspension Marzocchi 43mm inverted forks, fully adjustable
Rear suspension Sachs fully adjustable rear shock
Front brake 2x320mm discs. Brembo four-piston radial monobloc calipers. ABS
Rear brake 1x220mm disc, Brembo two-piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70ZR17
Rear tyre size 200/50ZR17

History & Versions

Model history

2014: Model introduced

Other versions

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