2020 MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RR

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By John Burns

If you were expecting a warmed-over Brutale 1000 RR for 2020, you expected wrong. If the first Brutale of 1997 was a bit, ahhh, brutal, then you’ll be reassured to learn the latest bike is all about rideability. Confidence-inspiring performance was one of the main priorities. To that end, the new bike embraces all the latest state-of-art electronics (yes, cruise control), which is a good thing since MV says its new hyper-naked is the most powerful of its type in the world: 208 prancing horsepower at 13,450 rpm, and 86.5 foot-pounds torque (116.5 Nm) at 11,000. That’s in a 411-pound package (before you add fluids and 4.23 gallons of high-test).

If you’ve ever been close to an MV, you won’t be surprised to know that this new Serie Oro-derived package itself is impeccably and aerodynamically wrapped, including wings that are said to provide downforce once motoring above 120 mph.

MV’s Research & Development Manager Brian Gillen goes to great length to express how MV’s entire philosophy has changed with this bike, which work began on four years ago – before any other 200-hp naked bikes existed. It reflects a new mentality, he says, of not only achieving absolute power, but also of making the motorcycle much more approachable. Ergonomics, electronics, engine power and suspension are all designed to make the rider feel comfortable and in control, whether it’s Misano or the Stelvio Pass or downtown Milan.

“If we were looking to just make the fastest bike around Misano, it would be very easy to work on just that single focus. Opening up our horizons, making sure we’re including the entire audience of customers, it’s a much more complicated task. We’re looking at all sizes of riders, making sure we can all fit on the bike. And when we’re riding the bike, …read more

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