Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By Jor­dan Gib­bons SE­NIOR RE­PORTER

While some of MV Agusta’s claims about their new Bru­tale 800 RR don’t all ring true (it’s not the most pow­er­ful naked pro­duc­tion bike for in­stance, nor the most tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced), the new bike is a huge leap for­ward. The biggest ad­vances have been with the en­gine and many of them have been an ef­fort to re­duce both noise and vi­bra­tions.

From the top: the cylin­der head has been de­vel­oped to sup­press com­bus­tion noise and the new camshafts, valve guides, cam-chain ten­sioner and har­monic damper have all been de­signed to min­imise stresses and vi­bra­tions. The ride-by wire throt­tle has re­ceived an up­date and fea­tures eight-level trac­tion con­trol. Top­ping it off is a Bosch ABS 9 Plus unit.

MV have said they’ve im­proved the gear­box too, with the whole trans­mis­sion re­ceiv­ing an over­haul for bet­ter gear mesh­ing and there­fore bet­ter gear shifts. The new EAS 2.0 Quick­shifter should help even more, as should the hy­draulic slip­per clutch. Along­side the per­for­mance up­grades there’s even a new coun­ter­shaft and starter mo­tor, both said to im­prove re­li­a­bil­ity.

The Bru­tale has also been re­shaped con­sid­er­ably and even the sig­na­ture triple or­gan pipe si­lencer has re­ceived an up­date. At the back of the bike there’s a new split seat, a re­tractable pas­sen­ger grab han­dle, a graphic LED rear light and more com­pact in­di­ca­tors. All in, it’s not the fastest or most tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced bike in the world, but it is the most beau­ti­ful – not our words, theirs again ob­vi­ously.

Ex­otic and ex­clu­sive, it’s MV’S ma­jorly re­vised 800 RR

MV have re­worked the en­gine, elec­tron­ics and body­work on the Bru­tale 800 RR

Stylish dash and steer­ing damper

Most dis­tinc­tive pipes in bik­ing

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