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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.