MV-AGUSTA BRUTALE 800 DRAGSTER (2014 - on) Review
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£140|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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 & brakesNext up: Engine
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…
EngineNext up: Reliability
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
MV’s new triples are still to prove their reliability, but the finish appears good.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
The price is slightly high for an 800, but this is a premium Italian product.
Traction control, ABS and four riding modes come as standard.
|Engine type||Four-stroke, liquid-cooled DOHC, 12v inline triple|
|Frame type||Tubular steel trellis|
|Fuel capacity||16.6 litres|
|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|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||45 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£96|
|Annual service cost||£140|
How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two year unlimited mileage|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||125 bhp|
|Max torque||60 ft-lb|
|Top speed||155 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||130 miles|
Model history & versions
2014: Model introduced
Owners' reviews for the MV-AGUSTA BRUTALE 800 DRAGSTER (2014 - on)
1 owner has reviewed their MV-AGUSTA BRUTALE 800 DRAGSTER (2014 - 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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Value vs rivals:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£140|
Version: DRAGSTER RR
Annual servicing cost: £140
THE SEAT IS AWFUL, however I did a tour of the Pyrenees and northern Spain, with backpack and rack. The seat was bad but a comfy gel helped a lot, the others were on tigers, GS, and 1400 kwak. when ever you stop anywhere people stop to look. exhaust QD TAKE THOSE BAFFLES OUT. You certainly get noticed with those triple pipes. And boy did it like the twisties in Wales and Pyrenees.
If you need to stop...don't worry it will do easily.
Oh my god!
Sprag clutch gear failed early in its life..but touch wood sorted under warranty.
The big one is 7500 miles where it is major with valves checked adjusted.
It's electronics can be a bit fiddly as in the different modes and custom setup.
Buying experience: Private with 600 miles...London rider who did not get on with her.