MV-AGUSTA BRUTALE 800RR (2018 - on) Review
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£280|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
There’s so much we love about the 2018 MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR. It sounds amazing, it's exotic and different and it made Senior Road Tester Adam Child smile every time he opened the garage door.
The gearbox, combined with auto-blipper is sublime. It’s fun, quick, handles well, does everything we want – only downside is it’s too expensive, especially when compared to more advanced, powerful competition.
In November 2017 MV Agusta announced a partnership with Pirelli, which resulted in the Brutale 800RR Pirelli edition.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
Steering geometry has been relaxed to improve stability and the wheelbase is now a fraction longer. The 43mm Marzocchi forks remain, as does the single multi adjustable rear Sachs shock, however it has been tweaked for the new model.
It’s light and flighty and fun to ride – giving you a sensation of speed constantly backed up by one of the sweetest soundtracks on the road. Great fun.
EngineNext up: Reliability
For 2018 MV haven’t chased peak horsepower and it remains the same as the previous model at 138bhp. Instead, engine modifications have been introduced to improve the fuelling, reduce noise and move peak power to lower in the rev range - down from 13,100rpm to 12,300rpm.
The gearbox and transmission receive an overhaul for better gear meshing and therefore improved gear shifts, there’s also a new EAS 2.0 quickshifter, both up and down.
Over the years MV has grown a reputation for snatchy fuelling. In the early days, their fuel injection was a little clunky, but the 2014 Brutale was a big improvement over previous models and now the Italians have gone one step further.
Low down, the fuelling is near as dam it, textbook. MV had a tough job on their hands making 138bhp usable and easy-to-use, but they’ve managed it, it’s almost perfect.
If it’s a little too aggressive you can change the throttle delivery via the four different engine modes. There’s a slight ‘hunt’ at a constant throttle, but it’s only noticeable and not annoying.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
The MV is built with impressive attention to detail and top quality parts, but it’s no secret they’ve had their financial problems, which results in a poor dealer network.
MV have 11-12 dealers in the UK, which is less than a third of Ducati's 37. However, it appears MV’s financial issues are behind them and we spoke to a few dealers, who were all positive.
All 2018 triples come with a two year warranty, plus unlimited mileage on parts and labour. Parts also take around 5-7 days, which is a vast improvement.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
There’s no hiding the fact the 2018 MV Brutale is expensive - over £4000 more than Triumph’s Street Triple R, in fact. It turns Ducati’s 821 Monster into a bargain, as it’s more comparable to their 1200 Monster, at £11,795. Furthermore the LCD display is dull and hard to read; not full-colour like most of the competition. The switchgear is a little dated and clumsy and the rider aids are conventional - there’s no corning ABS for example.
For the same money you could have Triumph’s Speed Triple 1050RS. The good-looking Triumph comes with quality full-adjustable Ohlins suspension front and rear, a full-colour TFT dash, more power at 148bhp and more torque at 86.3ftlb.
It also has a higher level of safety and rider aids, complete with lean sensitive traction control and braking, cruise control and heated grips as standard. In terms of spec and power it’s way ahead of the MV, but the Italian bike does win the desirability competition.
Cosmetic upgrades include the new lighter wheels and we have to say it’s just as stunning in the flesh as it is in pictures – voted the most beautiful bike of the year at EICMA in 2016, when it was first shown.
There's also fully-adjustable suspension at both ends, quality Brembo stoppers, four rider modes and basic traction control, but still no TFT dash.
|Engine type||Liquid-cooled, 12v, triple|
|Frame type||Tubular steel trellis|
|Fuel capacity||16.5 litres|
|Front suspension||43mm, Marzocchi forks fully adjustable|
|Rear suspension||Single Sachs rear shock, fully adjustable|
|Front brake||2 x 320mm discs with Brembo four-piston radial caliper|
|Rear brake||220mm single disc with two-piston caliper|
|Front tyre size||120/70X17|
|Rear tyre size||180/55X17|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||-|
|Annual road tax||£96|
|Annual service cost||£280|
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Top speed & performance
|Max power||138 bhp|
|Max torque||63.4 ft-lb|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
Model history & versions
- MV Brutale 800 2013
- MV Brutale 800 2016 update
- MV Brutale 800
- MV Brutale 800 RR LH44
- MV Brutale 800 RR America
- MV Brutale 800 RR Pirelli
- MV Brutale 800 RC
Owners' reviews for the MV-AGUSTA BRUTALE 800RR (2018 - on)
3 owners have reviewed their MV-AGUSTA BRUTALE 800RR (2018 - 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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|Annual servicing cost:||£280|
If this bike would be a car, it would be a Lamborghini; everything, the looks, the sound (how on earth can such a loud noise be legal), the MotoGP type gearbox, a design that screams "sexy", the acceleration, the price point way over its rivals: the whole package. But then one day you meet a football player that has a Lambo and tells you: wanna give it a ride. And then you realise that it is so low and rigid that riding it for more than 10 minutes makes you exhausted (the MV, I don't know about the Lambo). I have never had a bike that was more fun or looked better than this Brutale, but I sold it because it was too much work. The engine needs a very aggressive riding style to deliver the goods. The riding position, for the city, is hard work as well. Overall, a super bike, but for riders that are ready to push hard and ride in the town like I do on track days.
Not an all-round bike. It feels a lot like a naked F3: meant for track days. For the road is exhausting, without any protection and with an aggressive riding position. I had to give it a 4 because the breaking power is amazing.
The 2018 model has all the small electronic glitches of the older versions solved. The exhaust pipe is a work of art. The sound of the engine is the most similar to a V12 F1 I have ever heard. It is the first time it happened to me that I felt compelled to record the engine sound when accelerating and going up the gears, one by one, and send to my friends. It is MotoGP music. Addictive.
Italian bikes are now very reliable and the build quality it very good. The MV in particular is a premium product, where you get what you pay for.
Difficult to sell it for anything close yo what you have paid for it. Otherwise, good value.
The dashboard is a joke, difficult to read, probably a product of the past decade.
Annual servicing cost: £250
This is the most fun I've ever had in a motorcycle and looks amazing too.
2.5 hour ride, no issues. I'm 5ft10 and it's like the bike was built for me.
The sound, throttle response, performance, everything is near perfect.
No issues as yet in first 1000 miles, not sure why MV gets such bad press.
The bike has no fuel gauge! Really MV? In 2018? But, very rarely look at the clocks anyhow when riding this bike.
Buying experience: Good local dealer, well established and great customer service. Always happy to help. Got a great deal on it too.
Annual servicing cost: £300
Worth every penny.
This is not a touring bike. But I finish every ride with the biggest grin on my face.
Nothing you don’t need.