I basically stayed in 3rd and 4th gear during my entire trip downtown. The 4-cylinder engine is so powerful that you really don't need higher gears to meet the posted speed limits.
The transmission shifts smoothly and effortlessly. However, the gap between 1st and 2nd is wider than usual, and I frequently wound up in neutral as a result. More precision here would be greatly appreciated.
I tried various braking combinations – front and rear, front only, rear only – and the most effective one was obviously using the two brakes together. That being said, the front brake is almost as powerful in terms of stopping distance, and its progressiveness inspires much confidence. What's more, body roll isn't excessive under hard braking.
Comfortable for a standard sport bike
The riding position is extremely ergonomic at low speeds. Not once did I feel the need to adjust my body. The narrow single-piece rider's seat provides unparalleled comfort, while the footpegs are perfectly positioned.
|The narrow single-piece rider's seat provides unparalleled comfort, while the footpegs are perfectly positioned. (Photo: Josée Bouchard)
At speeds which I deem reasonable on the highway, the Brutale 1090R still allowed a proper riding position. I could have ridden much longer without any discomfort. Beyond 130 km/h, however, fatigue caught up with me due to the lack of a windshield. If you don't want to be limited to city riding, I strongly advise you to add the small windscreen from MV Agusta's accessories catalogue.
Accelerations on the fly are extraordinary. Whether you're in 4th, 5th, or 6th gear, the engine proves insatiable. A slight twist of the throttle will pin you back and reward you with exhilarating thrills.
This naked sport bike also won me over with its aggressive design and magnetic appeal. Everywhere I went, people turned their heads not once, but twice. In my mind, the white paint job of my tester (black is available as well) made it all the more visible and attractive.
The 2011 MV Agusta Brutale 1090R offers two different riding modes: Rain and Sport. The traction control system was also active, however, I honestly didn't tempt the devil enough to have to depend on it.
All the settings can be monitored on the analog/digital instrument panel, which I found beautifully laid out, by the way. My only complaint is the missing clock.
Even with all my efforts and good will, I was unable to put the bike back on its side stand. Man, it is tall!
|The 2011 MV Agusta Brutale 1090R offers two different riding modes: Rain and Sport. (Photo: Josée Bouchard)