MV-AGUSTA BRUTALE 800 (2013 - on) Review
At a glance
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Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
MV has now positioned the Brutale 675 as the entry-level bike in the range with the bigger, four-cylinder 1090R and 1090RRs capping the range. The Brutale 800 now occupies a gap in the middle. This is not a bike for novices; the power-to-weight ratio makes for some seriously impressive performance. The engine is a dominant part of the package and has grunt in any gear with soaring revs on tap too. Getting this bike on some UK roads with some of the rivals is the only way this bike is going to show the full potential but it's lovely to see some non-typical engine capacities being made available. This is the best Brutale to date regardless of the number of cylinders or capacity. There were tiny issues with throttle jerkiness at low throttle applications but nothing major.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
The suspension is the nice side of firm but with the test only happening on smooth French roads it was impossible to know precisely how this will translate to scabby British roads. The lightness of the bike, combined with the power may be a little lively on British roads too. There is no steering damper as standard so it will be interesting to find out how this slightly light steering feel translates to bumpy British roads.
With a little bit more familiarity the pace increased but always with the patchy road conditions in mind. Tipping into some longer corners showed off the stability of the handling. Even when corners tightened up there was plenty of scope for the bike to just be leant over further.
EngineNext up: Reliability
This 798cc, double overhead cam, inline three-cylinder engine was originally designed to be the first triple to come from the modern MV Agusta factory but the boss, the late Claudio Castiglioni who decided the 675cc engine was of greater market importance and demanded the F3 supersport and Brutale 675 were sorted first. This meant it was a bigger job to make the 675cc version than increasing the stroke to make the 798cc motor. To make this engine MV Agusta managed to keep changes to just four elements: new pistons, conrods, crankshaft and an extra disc in the (non slipper) clutch. Everything else, including parts like the injectors are the same as the 675. The result is a performance powerhouse that combines revs with grunt in any gear.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
The build quality of the launch bikes was top notch and there were no problems with reliability. It’s going to be a while before any of these issues arise and the lack of MV Agusta dealers is going to be one of the biggest hurdles to ownership in the UK. This is something the firm is working hard to improve right now. MVs are not renowned for peerless reliability and certainly aren’t up to Japanese standards yet.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
At £9000 this is not a cheap bike but when compared to some of the much less inspiring and much lower specification Japanese bikes then it does look reasonably good value. When you look at the likes of a Yamaha FZ1 which costs north of £10,000 and the Honda CB1000R costs just under £10k then the Brutale looks good.
The Brutale 800 is the most advanced in the class with ride-by-wire throttle, four riding modes, eight level traction control and specced with really high end Marzocchi and Sachs fully adjustable suspension front and rear. Brembo radial brakes and good finish make this a well kitted out machine.
|Engine type||12v inline three-cylinder, water-cooled, six gears|
|Frame type||Steel trellis with aluminium twin plate rear section|
|Fuel capacity||16.6 litres|
|Front suspension||Fully adjustable for compression, rebound and preload|
|Rear suspension||Fully adjustable for compression, rebound and preload|
|Front brake||320mm twin disc|
|Rear brake||220mm disc|
|Front tyre size||120/70 x 17|
|Rear tyre size||180/55/17|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||45 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£93|
|Annual service cost||-|
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Top speed & performance
|Max power||125 bhp|
|Max torque||59.7 ft-lb|
|Top speed||148 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||165 miles|
Model history & versions
2012: Brutale 675 introduced
Owners' reviews for the MV-AGUSTA BRUTALE 800 (2013 - on)
4 owners have reviewed their MV-AGUSTA BRUTALE 800 (2013 - 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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Version: EAS, non-ABS
It's light, has a hilariously wicked power delivery, good sound, and beautiful. Suspension needs work out of the box though, and ride by wire throttle is pretty good, but not 100% perfect at parking lot speeds (feels squishy).
Brakes are plenty strong. Frame is nice too, if a bit stubby and nervous. But... suspension is a problem. MV in their infinite wisdom decided to use the cheapest possible fork cartridges they could source from Marzocchi, which on a bike this light, is a bad idea because it is very sensitive already to road imperfection. Because of this you have to ride the bike at 8/10ths+ for the suspension to do any work. Personally, I don't want to ride that hard, most of the time, for a suspension to feel good. So it's mediocre at best without spending $$$.
Incredible. The centrepiece of this bike. Speaking as someone who has owned dozens of bikes - one of the best engines ever to get between two wheels. 1st, 2nd, and even 3rd gear power wheelies on this little rocket. Counter rotating crank means it feels like a 300 lb. bike on the move rather than 400lbs. Compact, strong motor with power everywhere, sounds like a Ferrari, too. LOVE IT!!!
I've had the tank replaced, once for deforming, and now the new tank has a weird seam running across the side a year later. Gear shift indicator was defective when new, new one also defective. Otherwise no problems.
Dash hilariously unreadable - worst one I have ever been subjected to, and control interface totally unintelligible, likely a joint venture between Musollini and Dr. Mengele. Thank the gods they relegated it to the trash bin starting in 2016. Quickshifter capability is awesome.
My dream bike!
Corrosion isn't really a problem in Florida
Haven't had it serviced yet
Buying experience: Bought new from Melillimoto, Ocala, Florida. Paid $16,000, just over 10,000 GBP
I've had my 800 Brutale from new and clocked up 1200 very enjoyable miles this summer. My mate also bought 1 the same time as me. The fueling is perfect on both bikes with Torque you wouldn't believe, its light and the handling & brakes are razor sharp. I have the traction control set at 3 which seems to work very well, there are 3 maps and the option to make a custom map all done via the handlebars buttons/switchgear. The single side swingarm looks amazing and the sound from the beautiful standard exhaust is addictive. I can fit a security chain or gloves etc under the seat as all the electronics are under the tank. All in all its a brilliant, very quick, agile, good looking bike which always draws a crowd when parked, there's also very few around which is good. Don't believe any bad reviews you read about the fueling they are nonsense, its the best fueling on a bike I've had and I've had nearly every sports bike known to man!! Am going to do some track days on it next year as I think it will be awesome on track so will update my review afterwards. 1 thing I know is I won't be changing it any time soon. I submitted this review again as original said I was anonymous!!
I've had my 800 Brutale from new and clocked up 1200 very enjoyable miles this summer. My mate also bought 1 the same time as me. The fueling is perfect on both bikes with Torque you wouldn't believe, its light and the handling & brakes are razor sharp. I have the traction control set at 3 which seems to work very well, there are 3 maps and the option to make a custom map all done via the handlebars buttons/switchgear. The single side swingarm looks amazing and the sound from the beautiful standard exhaust is addictive. I can fit a security chain or gloves etc under the seat as all the electronics are under the tank. All in all its a brilliant, very quick, agile, good looking bike which always draws a crowd when parked, there's also very few around which is good. Don't believe any bad reviews you read about the fueling they are nonsense, its the best fueling on a bike I've had and I've had nearly every sports bike known to man!! Am going to do some track days on it next year as I think it will be awesome on track so will update my review afterwards. 1 thing I know is I won't be changing it any time soon.