Get a load of this mad MV Bru­tale spe­cial

Motorcycle News (UK) - - THIS WEEK - By James Archibald

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

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