• 2016 MV Agusta Brutale 1090

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Almost all the motorcycle enthusiasts across the globe have a special corner in their hearts for the brand MV Agusta. The Italian marquee, which is known for making state of the art motorcycles with amazingly attention to detailing, did entered the Indian market recently with some of its motorcycles.

Out of its Indian portfolio, the Brutale 1090 happens to be the only naked streetfighter for the moment, which is nothing short of an epitome of art on two wheels. With the Brutale 1090, MV Agusta too wants to have its share in the booming market of liter class roadsters, a segment which has witnessed a lot action in the recent times, with almost all the Japanese and European players having a strong presence with their offerings.

MV Agusta is known for pricing its motorcycles exorbitantly, and so is the Brutale 1090. This naked roadster isn’t for everyone, but for those who value the importance of art and craft fused with the complexity of engineering. Here’s our take on the all new MV Agusta Brutale 1090.

STYLING

When the aspect of design is taken into consideration, the Brutale 1090 easily scores the full marks and gains our thumbs up for being the most beautiful and outstanding roadster to be on sale in the Indian market. The motorcycle comes with a lot of indigenous design cues, which give it an image of an exclusive looking machine.

At the front, the Brutale 1090 has a very large and bulbous looking ovular headlamp, which comes with a tiny projector unit within its upper portion. Above the headlamp sits a tinted visor, which is large enough for deflecting winds at higher speeds, and comes with two LEDs incorporated in a V-shaped unit. The front mudguard unit is finished in matte carbon, which adds in the air of sportiness and exclusivity.

It is the rear profile of the Brutale 1090 which is easily the most striking of the entire motorcycle. The exposed trellis frame finished in red, complemented with the large and muscular headlamp coupled with carbon finished sharp tank extensions, give the motorcycle a bulbous feel. The long and vertical radiator is assisted with shrouds, which makes the motorcycle look large. In the right profile, the Brutale 1090 has two exhaust pipes stacked one over the other, and have been beautifully crafted too. The tail piece has been painstakingly designed, with a petite LED tail lamp situated at the end. With the Brutale getting a single sided swingarm, the side profile looks even more gorgeous.

The instrument console of the Brutale 1090 is not too extrovert looking as the rest of the motorcycle, and is a subtly designed part digital unit which come with an analog tachometer and a LCD screen for digital readouts for speedometer, odometer, trip meters, gear indicator, clock, fuel gauge and many more. The rear view mirrors are too good looking, but same cannot be said about the switchgear, which look as if it has been sourced from an entry level motorcycle. Overall, the Brutale 1090 is a sure-shot motorcycle to impress all those people who value both art as well as motorcycles.

POWERTRAIN

Like the overall design of the motorcycle, the MV Agusta Brutale 1090 has an equally stellar heart in the form of the four stroke, liquid cooled, inline four, 1078cc engine, which breathes out 144 bhp of power and 112 Nm of torque – an engine which is easily one of the most powerful mills in its class. The engine is mated to a six speed gearbox, which has short ratios for extracting the most amount of frenzy power on tap.

As with the most of the liter class roadsters, the Brutale 1090 has immense amount of power in the lower end of the rev range, and at the same time, it also comes with an impressive punch in the upper rev range as well.

RIDE AND HANDLING

The Italians are known for making their motorcycles rich in terms of mechanical components and dynamics, and so is the MV Agusta Brutale 1090. Armed with a tubular trellis frame and a single sided aluminium swingarm at the rear, the Brutale 1090 comes with a 50mm upside down hydraulic telescopic forks at the front and a hydraulic fully adjustable monoshock at the rear. The suspension is tuned on a stiffer side, to make this motorcycle a sweet handler, but at the compromise of ride quality.

The motorcycle is also equipped with twin 320mm discs at the front and a 210mm disc at the rear for the stopping power, and with the ABS and RLM (rear wheel lift-up mitigation), the braking becomes even more excellent.

PRICE

As said in the beginning of the review, the motorcycles of MV Agusta are known for their premium pricing, and the Brutale 1090 is no different. The motorcycle arrived on the Indian shores only a few weeks back, and has been given a price tag of Rs. 19.75 lakh. At this price, it is in the same league as that of its European rivals like Ducati and BMW Motorrad.

Like in other markets, the MV Agusta Brutale 1090 can be availed in two different color options – Matte Black and Matte White.

COMPETITION

Hailing from Italy, the nearest competitor to the MV Agusta Brutale 1090 is Ducati’s Monster 1200, which too is priced in the same price range as that of the latter. Unlike the hyper glitzy design of the Brutale 1090, the Monster 1200 comes with a rather subtle design which is just an evolution of the previous generation Monster 1100 in terms of visual appeal.

Ducati Monster 1200

The Monster 1200 is powered by a four stroke, liquid cooled, Testastretta 11 degree L-twin, which produces a maximum power output of 135 bhp and a maximum torque output of 118 Nm. With these figures, it is safe to say that both the motorcycles are equivalent in terms of overall performance. But in the aspects of braking and dynamics, the Monster 1200 trumps out the Brutale 1090, as the former comes with a host of electronic riding aids, most of which are absent on the Brutale 1090.

CONCLUSION

Like we said before, the MV Agusta Brutale 1090 is not for everyone, nor is it an ideal motorcycle for daily riding duties. It is purely for those who value the aspect of design in a motorcycle the most, with the overall sharp and outstanding design of the Brutale 1090 easily being the most ravishing one among all the liter class roadsters on sale in the country today.

Apart from styling, the overall performance of the Brutale 1090 too is exemplary, with the inline four cylinder engine pumping out some serious numbers to make this motorcycle one of the best in this business. However, we would have liked this motorcycle to be equipped with a more number of electronic riding aids, like those on its peers like Ducati Monster 1200 and BMW S 1000 R, but in terms of pure riding pleasure, the Brutale 1090 is indeed an impressive machine.

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    • Pricey
    • lacks riding aids
    • stiff ride quality

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