2011 MV Agusta Brutale 920

12/21/2010 @ 11:18 am, by Jensen Beeler12 COMMENTS

After the news yesterday that the Canadian distributor for MV Agusta had posted pricing on its website for a new Brutale model, MV Agusta has quietly released photos and information on the 2011 MV Agusta Brutale 920, an entry-level version of its big street-naked motorcycle. With its four-cylinder radial valve 921cc motor, the MV Agusta Brutale 920 shares the same crankshaft as the Brutale 1090RR (55mm stroke), resulting in this over-square motor making 129hp with its 73mm bore. Available in matte black and white, we expect the new Bruatle to his US shores with a ~$14,595 price tag.

With 50mm USD Marzocchi forks, Sachs rear shock, Brembo radial brakes, and Marelli 5SM ECU, the new Brutale 920 has all the right parts to make it an Italian motorcycle. MV Agusta has also made its 8-level adjustable traction control system standard, and the new Brutale has two driving modes (normal and sport). Paint will come in either a matte black (shown), or a white color scheme that hasn’t been released yet.

New for MV Agusta, the Brutale 920 comes with a one-piece banana seat, which according to MV makes the bike comfier (it’s also lower and narrower than the other Brutale models), but to our eye just makes the whole package look a lot cheaper than its predecessors, which isn’t a great thing to achieve when building an “entry-level” model.

Based off the same chassis as the 990R and 1090RR, the frame is a trellis steel tube coupled to aluminum side plates. Not all is the same though, as the steering column has been modified so the stiffness is better suited for easy driving through city streets. The suspension also comes out of the box with softer settings, making for a more comfortable ride, but is fully-adjustable.

MV Agusta USA hasn’t posted pricing yet, but we expected the 2011 MV Agusta Brutale 920 to cost around $14,595 if MV’s international pricing schemes hold true. If you’re in the market for a slightly cheaper Brutale, this might be the bike for you, but personally we’d wait until the 675cc three-cylinder “Brutalina” comes out (hopefully next year). Bonus points to the A&R reader who can spot the photographer’s boom lamp in the shots below (twice!).

Source: MV Agusta

  • Damo

    No ones really seems to be able to get the headlight right on the naked bikes these days.

    With a Buell or Honda Hornet light swap this would be a nice looking (albeit overpriced) machine.

  • BikePilot

    Awesome looking bike. I’m glad to see they kept the 55mm stroke and decreased displacement by bore only. This will give a wider power curve and more torque than doing it the other way around.

  • BikePilot

    Oh, about those bonus points… How many does it take to win a MV? ;)

  • Bobster

    I dont get it. A 990R seems to be quite a bit better for only $400 more if the pricing is right.

  • ML

    I agree with Bobster.

    This bike is screaming for a seat cowl.

  • hoyt

    MV needs to work on increasing mpg with their engines.

  • BikePilot

    I’m all for efficient bikes, but somehow I rather doubt that mpg is a consideration for the vast majority of would-be MV purchasers. Even so, the decreased bore with the same, relatively long, stroke is a good start for improved mpg. I would expect it to be on par with most other bikes of similar performance.

  • Odie

    The boom lamp is in pics 6 and 12.

  • MikeD

    Yup, Banana Seat does look like a downgrade. Maybe a seat cowl like ML mentioned…still a “CHEAP looking” solution tho.
    It’s sahpe(tail) reminds me a lot of the new F3’s Tail.

  • MikeD

    P.S: Is wearing Prelli’s Angel Tires.

  • MV Agusta Brutale 920 the real street fighter

  • BikePilot

    I think it’d also be nice if MV offered this model in a different color scheme, particularly one with the trellies painted perhaps a goldish/magnesium sort of hue.