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MV-AGUSTA BRUTALE 910S (2005-2010) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

Updated: 21 November 2014

"The mother of all Sunday bikes; expensive, impractical, temperamental and utterly brilliant"

MV Agusta Brutale 910 motorcycle review - Riding

"The mother of all Sunday bikes; expensive, impractical, temperamental and utterly brilliant"

  • At a glance
  • 910cc  -  136 bhp
  • 40 mpg  -  160 miles range
  • Insurance group: 17 of 17
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  • Medium seat height (810mm)

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

Sunday bikes make you feel good; they’re not commuters, they’re not people carriers, they’re not really track bikes and they’re certainly not tourers. They’re for summer blasts, posing and polishing to a fine sheen. The MV Agusta Brutale 910 is the mother of all Sunday bikes – expensive, impractical, temperamental and utterly brilliant.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

The suspension hardware is extravagantly good, with huge 50mm Marzocchi forks allied to an Sachs shock. Both are fully-adjustable but the ride is occasionally uncomfortable firm on British roads and the odd shimmy of the bars is par for the course The six-piston Nissin brakes aren’t radial – just brilliant.

Engine 5 out of 5

The MV Agusta Brutale 910's in-line four cylinder DOHC motor comes from MV’s F41000 superbike and is a thing of savage beauty. Right from the first micrometer of the throttle action there’s serious torque, serious horsepower. It’s so responsive it can feel snatchy and slightly overwhelming, especially in slower corners or the wet.

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

Hmmm. Although the quality control has risen since MV were taken over by Malaysian car giant Proton it’s nowhere near Japanese reliability. Still, if you can afford a Brutale you can afford AA membership. Build quality is good, but if you take this bike anywhere near a salty winter road you need your head examining.

Insurance, running costs & value 2 out of 5

Compared to Triumph’s Speed Triple, KTM’s Super Duke or even Aprilia’s Tuono it’s poor value for money. But then again if you want the ultimate attention magnet you’ll drop your cash on the MV. Secondhand prices are very steady as so few of these bikes are on the market. Find an MV Agusta Brutale 910 for sale.

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Equipment 5 out of 5

The MV Agusta Brutale 910 is an aftermarket fetishist’s wet dream. The factory will help you pick from a range of race exhausts, matching leathers, suede seats, luggage and so on.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2005
Year discontinued 2010
Original price £10,500
Used price -
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £91
Annual service cost £150
Performance
Max power 136 bhp
Max torque 71 ft-lb
Top speed 157 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.2 secs
Average fuel consumption 40 mpg
Tank range 160 miles
Specification
Engine size 910cc
Engine type 16v in-line four, 6 gears
Frame type Tubular steel trellis
Fuel capacity 19 litres
Seat height 810mm
Bike weight 185kg
Front suspension Preload, rebound, compression
Rear suspension Preload, rebound, high and low speed compression
Front brake Twin 310mm discs
Rear brake 210mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 190/55 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2002: MV Agusta Brutale 750 released featuring the motor from the factory’s 750cc F4 superbike.
2005: MV Agusta Brutale 910 introduced, but doesn’t immediately supersede the Brutale 750.

Other versions

MV Agusta Brutale R: Comes with four-piston radial Brembo brakes, forged Brembo aluminium wheels, power-boosting engine management chip and race exhaust for 144bhp.

Owners' Reviews

4 owners have reviewed their MV-AGUSTA BRUTALE 910S (2005-2010) 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 910S (2005-2010)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.8 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.8 out of 5
Engine 4.8 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.8 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Brutale 910s Euro trip and commuting 5000 miles under 1 year

03 January 2019 by George Gillett

I have always ridden street sportsbikes, I started on a stripped Fazor 600, Z750, Z800, Monster 600 and then this beautiful Brutale 910s. I have only had the bike 10 months however in that time i have covered 5000 miles, both in work commuting situations to riding from Manchester UK through France over the Pyrenees Mountains dropping down into Barcelona and back. It was a joy to ride we had long days of 4-6 hour riding only stopping for a brew and more fuel, I loved every minute of it, the grunty sound of that beautiful engine, the swish and flick into each bend with ease. The only thing I would say is the seat is a bit hard after 4 hours! But I challenge any sportbike to be still comfy after that amount of time sat in the saddle! She is a beautiful bike and if you are looking at this then you are looking at the right bike! Service wise I've not had to do anything yet but a change of pads is due and I may do a fresh oil and filter service as we are off to Portugal next! Had 0 issues with her other than the headlight surround has a clip on the top that is a bit naff, but to make sure I had no issues with that I have put a small piece of black tape across the seem at the top of the headlight, it's not noticeable, the headlight plastic is black and I have done the whole Europe trip with it hitting silly speeds and no issue! I urge you to test ride one of these bikes if a street sportsbike is on your radar!

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
The 910s was perfect in every way, it hit the bends through the Pyrenees mountains and crunched the motorway miles without a blip. I would expect the 910R to be a lot firmer and for the reason of European tours sided with the S.
Engine
4 out of 5
The noise, the power and the smooth revs throughout each gear. The only fault here is the bike doesn't really like low revs if you're tickling through traffic it can be a bit jerky unless you feather the clutch.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Headlight clip is my only fault and really it's nothing.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
It's not exactly MPG friendly, I ride with my father-in-law who runs a Rocket 3 and we both were running out of fuel at a similar time, the difference is his is a 2.3litre engine with a 25 litre tank, the 910 is around 16-18 litre tank and only 910cc... However that sound is worth every bit of lost fuel!
Equipment
5 out of 5
It's got 2 wheels, a good engine, ABS and the suspension is really well set up. Doesn't have any mapping options but who needs that!
Buying experience

Private £5000 '09 plate with 2500 miles 1 owner from new. I feel at the current price this was a bargain as there are 910s' with 15k+ miles 3 or 4 owners going for £4500-5200.

5 out of 5

part 2

03 July 2009 by CosherB

first service over, full revs allowed ... and omg ... the noise, even with the standard cans on, well i can't get enough of it. i've never ridden a 1000cc superbike, but frankly, i can't see why you need more than 135 bhp on a road bike - it's more than enough for me!

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

hollywood

25 September 2008 by CosherB

I've traded up from a 749 to a 910S after I decided I wanted something more road focused (i.e. comfortable for longer!). I've had it for three weeks so still early days, but already it's an attention magnet. Very abrupt throttle takes some getting used to and low speed stuff can be a little tricky, but other than that, it'a one hell of a road bike. Yes, the suspension is on the hard side, but the gearbox snicks through smoothly, steering is precise and light, brakes are ok rather than amazing (though going back to a four from a v-twin might also have something to do with that). I'm lucky enough to have this as a plaything with the odd commute thrown in. I tried a CB1000R before the MV and was very tempted by the Honda. Even though the two bikes set out to be similar, they are chalk and cheese in terms of character - hence why i spent the extra on the 910S, and I'm thoroughly glad that I did. I'm also a bit of a short-arse so the dinky dimesions suit me!

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

great alrounder

31 December 2007 by brutale r

i use my mv every day for fun and commuting only problems i have are when temp gets to 90 to 93 it sometimes cuts out on tickover and the handle bars need to be 1.1/2 inches higher apart from thatits perfect nippy dam good on the breaks riding in the queensland hinter land ( like cornwall crossed with the welsh mountains ) this is an R1 beater

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
3 out of 5
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