MCN took the Aprilia V4R APRC out for a ride on the track and road to compare it to other top-spec rivals on the naked scene: the MV Agusta Brutale 1090RR, the Triumph Speed Triple, the Ducati Streetfighter S and the KTM Super Duke R. That’s an impressive line-up and shows just where super nakeds have got to in recent years.
MCN says that the Aprilia sets a new benchmark, but frankly the competition is stiff. The Triumph has won every group test since it was launched. The Ducati obviously has some impressive on-board technology, as does the MV Agusta Brutale, and the KTM is the ultimate “hooligan” machine. See how the Aprilia compares in the video.
This ‘go back home’ comic piece from the guys at Motoblog show the patriotic sentiment many had when MV Agusta returned to Italian ownership recently. Harley-Davidson basically paid Claudio Castiglioni to take back his brand only two years after Castiglioni had sold it to the Americans. During the HD management of the company, MV Agusta released its 2010 Brutale 990r, the new Brutale 1090rr and the MV Agusta F4.
While the company now needs to continue development of the new F3 prototype (which we might see at the 2010 EICMA show), it certainly managed to cover its debts during the Harley-Davidson purchase, then being paid a second time to take it back with losses all round for the American company. For more on the history of Castiglioni and MV Agusta, check out the great little time line Hell for Leather put together.
The MV Agusta Cannonball kit for the 2010 Brutale 1090RR is described as a track-only kit designed to further boost the 144 hp of the Brutale up to 165 hp. The Cannonball Kit is fitted to the Brutale and includes a new titanium exhaust, ECU, cylinder head, camshafts and valves, while still keeping the same torque of 115 Nm.
The technical components are backed up by some new design changes with a solo tail section, lower fairing and plenty of carbon fibre and aluminium elements. The kit is not street legal so this is purely for naked bike owners who want to spend their time on the track….
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MV Agusta introduced their 2010 Brutale 990R and the 1090RR at the 2009 EICMA show alongside the new F4 and they were a big success judging by the recent press release by the Italian company who is quoting over a 50 per cent increase in sales in the first months of this year.
“In a moment, which is certainly not happy for the world market, MV Agusta has achieved very important increases in the sales of its models. It is an opening season which leads us to believe in an unprecedented commercial success. The dream has only just started now.”
“These are highly technological motorcycles, but with a definitely unique soul, which cannot fail to win over the true motorcyclists.”
This should make Harley Davidson very happy as they are trying to unload MV Agusta and with sales up it should make the Italian company more attractive to eventual buyers.
This close-up video from the Brutale presentation shows every aspect of the 2010 Brutale, up close and personal. If we could take it home for dinner, we would. While the video is in Italian, you can get a great idea of the changes MV Augusta has made to its flagship model, keeping to Brutale classicism while giving it some new life.
The Italians, we might add, are in love, saying: The MV Augusta Brutale 2010 is renewed and improved in every way without upsetting its magical form which has always won it unconditional success. Fascinating and harmonious like no other naked is, it bewitches the rider with its perfection; demonstrating once again that it’s possible to create a powerful naked, capable of intuitive riding, irreprehensible even in the most difficult and diverse situations such as stability in speed and hard cornering.
The video shows both the Brutale 990R and Brutale 1090RR, indicating the improvements made to the chassis (lighter and more rigid), forks, suspension, Brembo brakes, Sachs suspension, LED lights, new tail shape, and we could go on. See the video for an exclusive close-up of the 2010 Brutale models.
Source | Motoblog.it
More pics of the Brutale 990R and 1090RR have been released, and the company seems justifiably proud of its new, mean-looking machine. The 2010 MV Agusta Brutale comes with an engine choice of either 990cc or 1090cc. Essentially the same bike, with the same look and sharing most technical components, the only real difference is in the powerstep.
The Brutale 990R has maximum power of 102kW at 10,600 rpm with 106 Nm of torque. The Brutale 1090RR has 115 Nm of torque, but for full details, see the Brutale specs after the jump, or the full press release courtesy of MVAgusta.net. At first glance, this seems to be the same bike, but when you get up close, you can really tell the difference in the look at the components.
We’ll be bringing you a riding test with details of the new Brutale, with details of its changed riding position, lighter weight and new seat, and mostly how the new machine performs with updated techical specs. In the meantime, check out this new gallery, and the first Brutale pics posted earlier today.
Two engines will be available on the new MV Agusta Brutale for 2010: a 990cc and a 1090cc. The press will be testing the new bike today, and it’s looking good for the new year with new wheels, shock absorber and traction control which will be standard on both models. About 85 percent of all the components have been revised.
The bike is lighter, with a new fork longer by 20mm which should give greater balance and more control, thanks also to new suspension, seat and tail. The motor has been re-done with new lubrification, exhaust intake pipes and throttle valves. The traction control is also linked to a sensor on the fork which reads the rear disc screws.
The central unit has two mapping systems, an softer system, and an aggressive one. Power is 109Kw at 11,000 rpm. The Brutale remains faithful to its tradition, keeping its reputation as one of the most attractive naked sportsbikes on the market. For the local Italian market, prices range from 15,500 euros for the 990R, to 18,500 euros 1090RR. More news on a first impression Brutale ride to come.
Source | Motoblog.it