By Troy Siahaan
Following in the footsteps of the Turismo Veloce 800 Lusso SCS, MV Agusta is adding the Brutale 800 RR SCS, Dragster 800 RR SCS and Dragster 800 RC SCS. In case you were wondering, SCS stands for the Smart Clutch System – essentially a clutch system that doesn’t require you to use the clutch at all, even at a stop. Dirt riders might be familiar with the technology as American company Rekluse has been offering clutchless options for ages.
If you’ve read Ryan’s review of the 2018 Turismo Veloce 800 Lusso SCS, then you’ll know the SCS was a co-development between MV Agusta and Rekluse. Considering the Brutale and Dragster 800s utilize essentially the same engine, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that these two have adopted the Smart Clutch technology. MV says the system only adds 30 grams over the standard transmission.
The MV Agusta Dragster 800 RR SCS, in green and white.
With the SCS, the clutch automatically disengages at a stop and reengages when you get moving again. However, the clutch lever and shifter haven’t gone anywhere. You still shift like you always do, but again, you don’t need the clutch since both bikes have MV’s EAS 2.1 quickshift system that works in both directions. So what’s the point of the SCS? Well, one can see its advantages when commuting in stop-and-go traffic, for instance, but we don’t know too many people who commute with their MV Agustas…
As a refresher, the Brutale 800 RR SCS and Dragster 800 RR SCS both feature the technical specifications of the standard versions. The 798 cc three-cylinder engine with counter-rotating crankshaft has a maximum (claimed) power of 140 hp (103 kW) and maximum torque of 87 Nm (8.87 kg-m).
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