MV-AGUSTA BRUTALE 989R (2008-2012) Review

Published: 30 June 2009

"Don't think of it as a watered-down 1078RR, it's a powerhouse of a bike in its own right"

MV Agusta Brutale 989R

"Don't think of it as a watered-down 1078RR, it's a powerhouse of a bike in its own right"

  • At a glance
  • 982cc  -  142 bhp
  • 26 mpg  -  110 miles range
  • Medium seat height (820mm)

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5

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.

Engine 5 out of 5

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.  

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

Build-quality is superb and we haven’t heard of Brutales breaking down either. There’s now a new UK importer (www.motogb.co.uk), 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.

Value & Running Costs 2 out of 5

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.

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

Equipment 5 out of 5

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.

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2008
Year discontinued 2012
Original price £8,750
Warranty term (when new) 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 76.4 ft-lb
Top speed 155 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.56 secs
Average fuel consumption 26 mpg
Tank range 110 miles
Specification
Engine size 982cc
Engine type 16-valve, in-line-four
Frame type Steel trellis
Fuel capacity 19 litres
Seat height 820mm
Bike weight 185kg
Front suspension Fully-adjustable
Rear suspension Fully-adjustable
Front brake 2 x 310mm discs
Rear brake 210mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 17 in
Rear tyre size 190/55 17 in

History & Versions

Model history

2008 – Brutale 989R launched

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