MV Agusta Brutale 800 – Too Much of a Good Thing?

11/02/2012 @ 2:40 pm, by Jensen Beeler23 COMMENTS

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It made a lot of sense when MV Agusta debuted the four-cylinder side of its Brutale line, as the oddly positioned MV Agusta Brutale 920 was absent from the now exclusively 1,078cc range. Priced close to the MV Agusta Brutale 675, the Brutale 920 likely would have cannibalized sales from its three-cylinder successor.

For a moment there, it seemed MV Agusta was about to shy away from its previous strategy of over-saturating market segments with multiple varieties of similar bikes, but luckily today, balance has been restored in Italian motorcycle land, as the Varese brand has announced the MV Agusta Brutale 800.

Using the same 798cc three-cylinder motor that will power the MV Agusta Rivale, the MV Agusta 800 is a stroked-out version of the Brutale 675, with the stroke length going from 45.9mm to 54.3mm, while the bore remains 79mm. Power comes in at 123hp, with 59.7 lbs•ft of torque at 8,600 rpm, which means the Brutale won’t be nearly as peaky with its horsepower as the Brutale 675.

MV Agusta is claiming a 368 lbs dry weight for the Brutale 800, which is 9 lbs heavier than the Brutale 675. Like the MV Agusta Brutale 675, the MV Agustal Brutale 800 has an optional electronically assisted shift (EAS) system, which comes standard on the white / blue pearl “Italy” edition.

On notable distinction that the Brutale 800 has over the Brutale 675 is that its suspension is fully-adjustable, both front and back, while the brakes have also been upgraded to higher-spec Brembo monoblocs. We lamented about when the 675’s suspension when it first broke cover, so it is good to see that MV Agusta is getting things together on the 800.

Also fitted with the company’s robust MVICS electronics package, which features an eight-level adjustable traction control system, MV Agusta Brutale 800 owners are getting a fair amount of bike for their €9,990 (€400 more for the EAS option, and the “Italy” version costs €10,990, but the EAS comes as standard).

However, with the Brutale 675 priced just €1,000 less, it is hard to see how the two bikes won’t compete against each other head-to-head in the already tough street-naked segment.

The MV Agusta Brutale 800 will get its official launch at EICMA in just two weeks’ time. No word yet on international pricing, but expect US pricing to be in the $10,000 range.

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Source: MV Agusta

Comment:

  1. 2ndclass says:

    That Italy-model is just all kinds of lovely.

  2. God. Somebody hand me a tissue. I have found a modern, naked bike that truly moves me.

  3. MikeD says:

    @Trane:

    ROTFLMAO. Is ok Budd, here (tissue), you’ll be alright.

    Can u get spares for these in The Land of Hello Kitty and Bukkake ? How’s the MSRP over there ? Butt-raping outrageous ?

    I think they are building too much of the same…again…DIVERSIFY OR U’LL DIE…yet again.

    What’s so different between this and the Rivale ? Longer suspension ? A couple new plastics ?

    But as usual………..nice machines, MV Agusta. U guys sure know how to get attention. Attention whores…..LOL. (^_^)

    P.S: This new modular Triple it’s starting to look pretty handy and versatile…from 675 to 800 only stroking it ? NOT BAD…(o_O)
    Now when/where’s that rumored 1200 Gorila Triple coming ? and hanging from what ?

  4. Spektre76 says:

    I need new shorts now.

  5. Mike,

    These things will be hideously expensive here in the land of the rising yen. That said, there is an MV distributor here and the bikes will probably sell nicely with the well-heeled crew. I’ll be the guy drooling outside the window.

    Damn, that white/blue job is just the business!

  6. Superlight says:

    I can understand why MV dropped the 920 Brutale in favor of this 800, but where does that leave the Brutale 675? I guess as a price-fighter model.

  7. Sixty7 says:

    WWoooo………….800 triple about time someone came out with one….well done MV

  8. Trevor Weimer says:

    Is it me or does it have aprilia Shiver stylings? I swear I was looking at a Shiver at first glance.

  9. MikeD says:

    Trane Francks says:

    Mike, These things will be hideously expensive here in the land of the rising yen.

    LMAO. Good one.
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    Superlight says:

    I can understand why MV dropped the 920 Brutale in favor of this 800, but where does that leave the Brutale 675? I guess as a price-fighter model.

    That makes it the anorexic flexible sister.

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    @Trevor:

    Yes, it smells a bit of Shiver…not a bad thing i say. There’s only so much “new details/identity marks” u can incorporate into your “new” motorcycle and still look different from the other players on the segment.

  10. Trevor Weimer says:

    Superlight

    I agree. I own a Shiver, bought it for $5000 and simply love it. First road bike with ride by wire if I’m not mistaken. 3 different ride modes too, rain, tour and sport.

  11. phs says:

    $10k ain’t seemin’ too bad for this scoot.

  12. Mikeg81 says:

    $10k US?

    So $15.9 up here in Canada(with our dollar at par) sounds about right.

    * rolls eyes*

  13. MikeD says:

    $10K…Yeah, and i have a Condo in the Moon’s must lavish crater.

    that’s Euros, not Dollars………..shiiiiiit……..we wish.

    This thing will be like someone already mentioned in Japanese Supersport $$$ territory…$13k+.

  14. MikeD says:

    most*…man, i gotta read proof myself 2 times before hitting Submit Comment.

  15. phs says:

    The MV Agusta Brutale 800 will get its official launch at EICMA in just two weeks’ time. No word yet on international pricing, but expect US pricing to be in the $10,000 range

  16. MikeD says:

    @PHS:

    Not set on stone. Just like my sugestion…wich i’ll stand by until proven wrong…just one more week, maybe a bit longer if we get it at all.
    I tried searching online for availability/price State side for this one and the 675 but found nothing official.

    If im wrong, HURRAY for it anyways………future buyers will pay less, can’t go wrong with that.

  17. John says:

    Let’s see, a Kawasaki Z1 lists for about $10,600.00, a Yamaha FZ8 is $8,900.00 and this Italian 800 triple will sell for $10,000.00? Sorry, I just don’t believe it. However if true, I would be very interested.

  18. Westward says:

    Why must they do this to me, I cannot afford both a Ducati and an MV Agusta, I don’t even have the space for it…

  19. Gary says:

    Simply stunning. Ducati (and Triumph, to some extent) needs to be taking notes.

  20. sburns2421 says:

    An 800 version of the F3 is so obvious I guess it means it will never happen.

  21. Kevin says:

    If this comes in at 10 large it will sell very, very well. Now how ’bout working on that dealer network.

  22. Mike Lew says:

    And think of the money saved when, for once, you won’t change the stock exhaust.

  23. david says:

    my god i’m hot for this, but i seriously doubt it will come in at anything under $15,000. bummer, because as someone above stated, first naked i am genuinely smitten with.