Unique styling, high-quality components, and a supremely powerful engine define the 2012 Brutale RR
from Italian manufacturer MV Agusta.
This naked sport bike builds on the winning recipe of the 750 and 910 by using a detuned version of the F4 RR
's 1,078cc, 4-cylinder engine that still cranks out 156 horsepower -- much to the dismay of the rear tire.
In order to handle such massive output, the 2012 MV Agusta Brutale RR gets a slipper clutch that reduces engine braking (or back-torque) and prevents the rear wheel from locking up during aggressive downshifts. It also benefits from 10-spoke, forged aluminum wheels, a steering damper, and a stiffer suspension.
Significant revisions to the engine maps have made the new Brutale RR more progressive and easier to exploit. It still feels a bit heavy; however, stability in corners is flawless. What's more, the good amount of ground clearance on the 2012 MV Agusta Brutale RR allows surprising leaning ability for a standard sport bike.
The excellent frame of the 2012 MV Agusta Brutale RR offers all the rigidity you want along with a nicely calibrated, responsive suspension system. Up front is a 50mm Marzocchi upside down fork with adjustable preload, compression and rebound, while the rear suspension consists of a Sachs single shock with high- and low-speed compression adjustment, as well as spring preload and rebound adjustment.
The 2012 Brutale RR also boasts an adjustable steering geometry -- a rare feature in this segment. Heck, most Japanese superbikes don't even have one.
Compact and lively
|Unique styling, high-quality components, and a supremely powerful engine define the 2012 Brutale RR. (Photo: Sébastien D'Amour)
In terms of ergonomics, the natural riding position (with the chest slightly tilted forward) allowed by the 2012 MV Agusta Brutale RR ensures decent comfort in the city. However, the lack of wind protection makes it tiresome at high speeds.
Hard braking manoeuvres tend to lift the rear wheel, although the smart suspension settings keep the machine stable throughout the process. That being said, you need a few hours on the track to master the Brutale RR when braking. The Brembos are so powerful that the front tire appears to sink into the tarmac. Fortunately, the stylish premium Nissin master cylinder provides a superb feel.
With the 2012 MV Agusta Brutale RR, you can easily attack corners with authority, stick to your line around the apex, and shoot your way out to the raucous sound of the Italian powerplant. Every acceleration throws the rider back and the front wheel up as the engine delivers wonderful torque at low and medium revs. Mind you, there's enough flexibility to enjoy smooth re-accelerations and reduce shifting.
As one of the top naked bikes in the industry, with regard to overall riding dynamics, the 2012 MV Agusta Brutale RR also stands out with a very attractive design and one-of-a-kind personality.
|With the 2012 MV Agusta Brutale RR, you can easily attack corners with authority, stick to your line around the apex, and shoot your way out. (Photo: Sébastien D'Amour)
Seductive looks and personality
Highly capable, advanced chassis
A bit wild under hard acceleration
High price ($19,995)