MV-AGUSTA BRUTALE 800RR (2018 - on) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £280
Power: 138 bhp
Seat height: Medium (32.7 in / 830 mm)
Weight: Low (386 lbs / 175 kg)

Prices

New £13,450
Used £12,500

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
3 out of 5 (3/5)

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 & brakes

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

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.

Engine

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

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.

The MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR exhaust

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 quality

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

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.

The MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR parts

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
2 out of 5 (2/5)

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.

Equipment

4 out of 5 (4/5)

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.

Specs

Engine size 798cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled, 12v, triple
Frame type Tubular steel trellis
Fuel capacity 16.5 litres
Seat height 830mm
Bike weight 175kg
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 £93
Annual service cost £280
New price £13,450
Used price £12,500
Insurance group 17 of 17
How much to insure?
Warranty term -

Top speed & performance

Max power 138 bhp
Max torque 63.4 ft-lb
Top speed -
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range -

Model history & versions

Model history

  • MV Brutale 800 2013
  • MV Brutale 800 2016 update

Other versions

  • 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)

2 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.

Review your MV-AGUSTA BRUTALE 800RR (2018 - 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 out of 5 (4/5)
Equipment: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Annual servicing cost: £280
5 out of 5 MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR
03 February 2019 by MikeK

Year: 2018

Annual servicing cost: £250

This is the most fun I've ever had in a motorcycle and looks amazing too.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

2.5 hour ride, no issues. I'm 5ft10 and it's like the bike was built for me.

Engine 5 out of 5

The sound, throttle response, performance, everything is near perfect.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

No issues as yet in first 1000 miles, not sure why MV gets such bad press.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5

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.

5 out of 5 Perfect Italian mistress
22 December 2018 by Haj

Year: 2018

Annual servicing cost: £300

Worth every penny.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

This is not a touring bike. But I finish every ride with the biggest grin on my face.

Engine 5 out of 5

So responsive.

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

Nothing you don’t need.

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