MV-AGUSTA BRUTALE 750 (2001 - 2006) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £100
Power: 127 bhp
Seat height: Medium (31.7 in / 805 mm)
Weight: Medium (408 lbs / 185 kg)

Overall rating

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

Some things are so beautiful you just want to look at them and the MV Agusta Brutale 750 is arguably the most stunning roadster type motorbike anyone can own, especially the Serie Oro version. OK, it isn't that fast for a 750, and the headlamp looks a bit odd, but the rest of it simply oozes style, class and pizazz. It also handles and brakes superbly

Ride quality & brakes

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

The Oro has all the trick carbon kit and suspension components, but even the cooking 750S model has huge 50mm USD Showa forks, a swingarm that looks hewn from volcanic magma  and offers a sublime riding experience. 


Next up: Reliability
3 out of 5 (3/5)

The MV Agusta 750 Brutale suffers from having the F4 750 sportbike motor - it's underpowered and too revvy. It lacks the sheer liquid grunt of big 1000-1200cc roadster bikes, and the later 910 Brutale is a much sweeter engine for weekend blasting down your fave backroads

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
3 out of 5 (3/5)

There's no getting away from it, MV Agusta effectively went bankrupt very soon after this bike was launched. That's never something which promises 100% build quality in motorbike manufacturing and although MV got back in busines in 2003, it is still a brand with a reputation for fragility.

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
3 out of 5 (3/5)

The Serie Oro 750 Brutale cost daft money when it came out, but as there are but 300 examples in circulation you can argue that resale values will remain steady. Find an MV Agusta Brutale 750 for sale.


5 out of 5 (5/5)

Look at the wheels, the suspension, the svelte, curvaceous exhausts. The MV Agusta Brutale is possibly the most gorgeous roadter class bike created and it would be churlish to demand copious underseat storage cubby holes, mudguadrds that actually keep rainwater off the bike's chassis, or mirrors that offer a good rear view. 


Engine size 749cc
Engine type 16v, in line four, 6 gears
Frame type Steel trellis
Fuel capacity 19 litres
Seat height 805mm
Bike weight 185kg
Front suspension Preload, rebound, compression
Rear suspension Preload, rebound, compression
Front brake Twin 310mm discs
Rear brake 210mm disc
Front tyre size 120/65 x 17
Rear tyre size 190/50 x 17

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 37 mpg
Annual road tax £101
Annual service cost £100
New price -
Used price -
Insurance group 17 of 17
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage

Top speed & performance

Max power 127 bhp
Max torque 59 ft-lb
Top speed 150 mph
1/4 mile acceleration 11.2 secs
Tank range 130 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

2000: MV Agusta Brutale 750 Serie Oro seen at Intermot
2001: Serie Oro in limited production.
2002:  MV Agusta Brutale 750S launched.
2006: MV Agusta Brutale 750 replaced by 910 version. 

Other versions

MV Agusta Brutale 750 Serie Oro: Limited edition of 300 Brutale 750 models; high spec suspnsion, carbon fibre parts, 6kgs lighter than 750S version. 

Owners' reviews for the MV-AGUSTA BRUTALE 750 (2001 - 2006)

2 owners have reviewed their MV-AGUSTA BRUTALE 750 (2001 - 2006) 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 750 (2001 - 2006)

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: 3.5 out of 5 (3.5/5)
Equipment: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £100
5 out of 5 Stunning bike goes, looks and sounds like nothing else. Don't be put off by horrendous fuel consumption and expensive parts
11 December 2017 by Blue eyed biker

Year: 2005

Lovely looking bike and a joy to ride.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Brilliant suspension and very adjustable. 6 piston brakes are great and have the bike on it's nose with the lightest touch. Better even than some radial brakes I've tried. Tank range is very short, but by the time you have to fill up again you'll still be feeling quite fresh. Long days in the saddle are totally possible.

Engine 5 out of 5

Perfect engine for my tastes, as I love to hear the scream of a four cylinder bike at full chat. Probably quite slow compared with more modern, bigger engines, but still plenty fast enough for the real world. Low down torque seems to be very popular with the bike press these days, but the truth is there's much more fun to be had keeping a smallish high revving engine on the boil than rather just pointing and squirting. And the sound this bike makes is excellent and like nothing else.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

So far so good. These generally tend to be reliable, and the quality is fantastic, attention to detail everywhere.

Value vs rivals 2 out of 5

Drinks so much fuel I wondered if it was broken (they're all like that). Servicing can be a little difficult and costly, as you might expect, but parts are so expensive you'll be absolutely floored when the bill comes.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Stunning attention to detail and every single part has been refined to look gorgeous and function perfectly. Previous owners had put some aftermarket tat on mine, but when I put the original parts back on the bike looked much more of a whole, rather than a bike with bits stuck to it.

5 out of 5 Brutale 750s
23 June 2015 by b750s

Version: 750s

Year: 2004

Annual servicing cost: £100

This bike feels special! It's solid, well screwed together, supple and always feels planted to the road. It's effortlessly fast but can be unforgiving. It gets a lot of attention.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Because everything is so precise it needs a set up for each rider to get the best out of it. It feels very high but very well planted. With 16 piston gripping 3 discs even pre post mount brakes stop with minimum effort.

Engine 5 out of 5

Don't be put off by the engine reviews it's much better than it is made out to be. I'm endlessly told that the fuelling is poor, but if you ask have you ridden one the answer is always no! The torque is the same as a 748 but with +30BHP it's a lot faster. It's extremely easy to ride around town completed a slow riding course faultlessly, while watching BMWs burn their clutches out (That's with a decat and power commander).

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

The owners club has a check list which only has 3 items headlight rear hub and fuse box.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

The big service is 15k, Sub £100 insurance!

Equipment 5 out of 5

The electrics are Bosch, Showa suspension.

Buying experience: Private one owner ex dealer flawless history. There are a lot of very low mileage bikes around +/- 3k for not a lot of money which make them a good investment.

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