Thursday, June 19, 2008

Riding Impression: MV Agusta Brutale 989R


The 2008 MV Agusta Brutale 989R. We want one, of course...

Pics: Motociclismo

‘The new MV Agusta Brutale 989R is a brutal earthquake that cracks the asphalt. It’s a lightning storm that illuminates the city. It is a force of nature, its power and beauty unsurpassed,’ say the guys at Motociclismo, who recently got to ride the bike, and who’re obviously quite happy with it. Here are some excerpts from their riding impression of the Brutale 989R:

For 2008, the MV Agusta Brutale is available in two versions – the 989R and the 1078RR, with the latter due to be launched soon. Speaking of the 989R, its new 982cc engine, which makes 142bhp and 9.8kgm of torque, is much stronger than the earlier 909cc unit. The 989R, with a claimed dry weight of 185kg, accelerates from zero to 100km/h in 4.7 seconds, and hits a top speed of 253km/h. In fact, it’s so good, we can’t imagine what the 1078RR would be like!

With every twist of the throttle, the 989R catapults you to infinity. And yet, the fuel injection is better than ever before – power delivery has been smoothened out, and unlike the previous bike, the new one doesn’t threaten to spit you off at lower speeds with sudden acceleration. Fuel consumption, at about 11km/l, isn’t too bad either.

The 989R’s chassis is the same chrome- molybdenum trellis frame with single-sided swingarm as found on earlier MV Brutale bikes, and works very well. The gearbox is a six-speed unit, front brakes get radial-mount four-piston calipers, and the suspension – 50mm USD forks and rear monoshock – is multi-adjustable and very effective. The ride can be made comfortable by softening the suspension settings, and when firmed up, it’s ideal for hard-core sporting use.

The MV Agusta Brutale 989R’s build quality is impeccable, all components are top-spec and everything feels like it’s been designed with great care – all the parts work together in perfect harmony. Even at 16,500 euros (about US$25,500) the legendary Brutale is a good buy…

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