Get a load of this mad MV Brutale special
It takes some doing to make the MV Brutale look any more menacing, but Taiwanese outfit Rough Crafts have managed it - and then some! The bike, dubbed the Ballistic Trident, was commissioned by MV Agusta and is based around their Brutale 800RR. Unveiled at the recent Mooneyes show in Japan, it’s built from carbon fibre and uses multiple exotic parts to give it a super-aggressive street presence.
The man behind Rough Crafts is Winston Yeh, and he has based the Ballistic Trident around MV Agusta’s rich racing history, with the distinctive and defining feature of the bike being the large dustbin fairing.
Yeh explained: “While looking at old pictures featuring MV racing in GPS, I saw these old GP bikes with big dustbin fairings and immediately decided this is the biggest visual reference I wanted to put into the design.”
Yeh first tackled two of the biggest problems in dustbin fairing design - where they were either very wide, which affected aerodynamic performance, or very narrow, which restricted bar movement and turning radius. The Ballistic Trident addresses this by having a narrower profile fairing that is able to rotate with the forks, sorting the turning circle problems.
Yeh continues: “The whole fairing can be mounted and dismounted in a couple of minutes, and we designed a clamp to fit a headlight without the fairing if someone needs to ride it on the road, too.”
Stopping the bike is a set of Beringer brakes that also have a set of one-off discs that were made specifically for the build to match the design of the GP inspired wheels. The ride is looked after by Öhlins FGR800 forks and an Öhlins TTX shock. The sonorous and beautiful MV soundtrack is enhanced by the Hydro-tre exhaust from HP Corse.
It’s a controversial looking bike, but Rough Crafts have never been shy about making a bold bike. With the Ballistic Trident they can certainly consider the bold bike box well and truly ticked.
Does that fairing remind anyone else of a chop saw blade cover?
The standard MV dash is repositioned
Road lights can be added for legality