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

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £600
Power: 142 bhp
Seat height: Medium (32.7 in / 830 mm)
Weight: Medium (419 lbs / 190 kg)


New £14,599
Used N/A

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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

Next up: Engine
5 out of 5 (5/5)

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.


Next up: Reliability
5 out of 5 (5/5)

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.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
5 out of 5 (5/5)

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 vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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.


5 out of 5 (5/5)

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.


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

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 26 mpg
Annual road tax £96
Annual service cost £600
New price £14,599
Used price -
Insurance group 17 of 17
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage

Top speed & performance

Max power 142 bhp
Max torque 85 ft-lb
Top speed 165 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 160 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

2009 – Model introduced

Other versions

MV Agusta Brutale 990R

Owners' reviews for the MV-AGUSTA BRUTALE 1090RR (2009 - on)

3 owners have reviewed their MV-AGUSTA BRUTALE 1090RR (2009 - on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Engine: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Reliability & build quality: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.7 out of 5 (4.7/5)
Equipment: 4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)
Annual servicing cost: £600
5 out of 5 An MV Agusta 1090rr owners perspective.
20 February 2019 by Anthony Adams

Version: Corse

Year: 2011

Annual servicing cost: £1,000

This bike is a weapon of mass seduction, it draws you in and lulls you with its brilliant handling and easy ridability and its all day seat comfort. But lurking just an easy throttle twitch away the beast stirs and launches you into another world, one where everything becomes a blur and your left wondering what the hell happened! I love this bike, it's just totally mad and deadly if in inexperienced hands, I would not let anyone who hasn't had at least 20 or 30 years of riding experience on several different types of motorcycles and have completed in that time lots of rider training and track days ride this bike. If you only ever buy one special motorcycle in your later years then make it an MV Brutale 1090RR, even if it sits in the shed for most of the year as you ride your other bikes I can guarantee that when you bring it out and look at it before you go riding you'll find yourself just staring at it and its beautiful lines and then once riding you'll wonder why you even have other bikes because this bike is like a drug! Its so addictive and you just want to hear that exhaust roar and the scenery blur and to feel the rush you get just being alive and on this marvellous machine that feels like its another extension of you. I have five bikes, 2008 GSX1400 2002 CB900 Hornet 2003 Monster S4R 1988 J model GSX-R1100 limited edition And my 2011 MV 1090RR I have been riding for 43 yrs, some as a racer and the rest as a road and track day aficionado.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

The fronts are awesome! The back is easy and controllable.

Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

This bike you can ride everyday with ease but be prepared to service it more often. Servicing costs are the same as any other bike, the only special times are when those hemi-valves need adjusting and may cost a bit more.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5

Buying experience: Brought from dealer new.

5 out of 5 2011 MV Agusta 1090RR thoughts...
12 December 2017 by Anthony Adams

Version: Australian Version

Year: 2011

Annual servicing cost: £360

This bike is just simply superb, I own an 08 GSX1400fe an 03 Ducati S4R and a 1988 GSX-R1100J black gold limited edition and the bike I ride the most is the MV because like the article it's truly the most fun and it's comfortable enough to ride all day. I also think it out handles my s4r which has been fully set up for me and I think that that's saying something big for MV to have a bike that good straight out of the box!

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Costs are on par with any bike needing to be serviced they all need oil, plugs, filters etc etc...

Equipment 5 out of 5

Buying experience: I got my 2011 model RR for $10,000 AUD because it wasn't sold even tho it was still a brand new bike (Brought 30 Nov 2017) brought from dealer who was super helpful.

5 out of 5 big grin
02 June 2015 by jon

Version: rr

Year: 2010

Annual servicing cost: £425

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5


Engine 5 out of 5

low rpm snatche

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5


Equipment 3 out of 5

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