MV Agusta Brutale 800 (2013 - 2016)

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Available from
2013 to 2016
Gorgeous, high-quality, high-tech
Expensive
New midsize Brutale fills the gap between 675 and 1090

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Submitted by Aki on Wed, 03/07/2013 - 13:06

Overall Review

I chopped in my 2010 Z1000 for this and couldn't even test ride one due to the lack of bikes available to the UK. I was initially concerned it wouldn't have the same punch as my zed had but I had no need to worry, this thing has serious punch! And that sound, oh that sound :) The handling is sublime, quite firm for some of the bumps and potholes in our crappy roads but in the twisties its a dream, you only have to so much as look at a corner and its there, on its ear and powering through. No issues with the fuelling so MV have sorted that, a little lumpy low down in the revs compared to the Zed but I put this down to it being a triple rather than a fuelling issue, once you get past 3000rpm its not a problem. Brakes are powerful and strong but not grabby. Build quality is very good, as its a new model and engine time will tell on the reliability? The seat is a bit thin and your backside starts to get numb within the hour but this is not a tourer or commuter, its a naked sports bike with the emphasis on sport. When your moving around and flicking it through the bends its not an issue. Hopefully a aftermarket option will become available in time and on that note sharing most parts with the 675 custom parts should come to market quickly? The bars, seat, pegs position does put weight on my wrists when going slow and in town, once on the open road though the wind takes the pressure off and its more comfortable. Would I recommend one? YES, get one now, (if you can find one?)

Strengths

Handling, light weight, gobs of power, excellent brakes and it styling and looks.

Weaknesses

The seats a bit thin, heavy on the wrists in town.

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Submitted by alphadeltabravo on Tue, 17/09/2013 - 22:07

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MV have had lots of investment, was until recently part owned by Harley. This bike deserves to do well. Combining the handling and agility of a Street Triple with power of the Speed Triple this offers intuitive handling with explosive acceleration. Thought I wanted a Tuono but the cheeky MV isn't as brutal. I bought on impulse and took it on tour to Austrian Alps. Autoroutes were a bit tiring (fitted a Puig screen and Bags Connection tail pack) but it simply devoured the twisties. 150 mile tank range makes it practical and although it needs a gel seat I managed 400 miles. Try one, it's a hoot, buy one and join the dark side. Oh and get the quick shifter!

Strengths

Power to weight ratio Exceptional value Electrickery as standard

Weaknesses

Needs a leap of faith Exhaust too muted Dealer network, no demonstrators

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