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Gone Riding: MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR

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Hello and good morning to a cold but dry Varese, Italy – the home of MV Agusta and just a stone’s throw away from Milan and the Dolomite mountain range.

Today we are riding the Euro4-spec MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR, and our course will be a street ride, around the region’s Lago Maggiore – a large lake not too far from the MV Agusta factory.

The current MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR isn’t exactly a new model, but it is one that has gotten lost in the shuffle with the Italian brand’s lengthy history of financial troubles

Historically one of the best-selling machines in the MV Agusta lineup, the Brutale 800 RR is a bike that I have been looking forward to riding for quite a while now, after I was first impressed with the changes made to the Euro4-spec Brutale 800 a few years ago.

The big difference between the Brutale 800 RR and the Brutale 800 is the engine, with the RR making 140hp from its three-cylinder power plant, an increase of roughly 30hp over the base model.

As you can imagine, the torque curve is considerably further up the rev range on the RR as well, which should make for a sportier ride. It’s not all roses though, and hopefully MV Agusta has been tackling my list of complaints to an otherwise awesome machine.

Will the Brutale 800 RR be just as fun to ride as the Brutale 800? That’s what we are hear to find out…well, that and whether its worth the $3,800 price difference ($18,498 MSRP here in the USA) over the base model.

So, here is your chance to learn what it’s like to ride the Brutale 800 RR, before even my own proper review is posted (Italian cell service permitting). As always, if we don’t know an answer, we will try to get a response from the MV Agusta personnel. So, pepper away.

You can follow our thoughts on the bike live via FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, and you can see what our colleagues are posting on social media by looking for the hashtags #MVAgusta & #Brutale800RR

Spec-Sheet Comparison of Relevant Models to the MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR:

  MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR Ducati Monster 1200 R Triumph Street Triple RS Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 RR
Horsepower 140 hp 152 hp 121 hp 173 hp
Torque 64 lbs•ft 92 lbs•ft 57 lbs•ft 89 lbs•ft
Weight 386 lbs (dry) 397 lbs (dry) 366 lbs (wet) 408 lbs (wet)
Engine 798cc / Three-cylinder 1198cc / V-twin 765cc / Three-Cylinder 1077cc / V4
Price $18,498 $19,395 $12,500  $15,499

Photo: MV Agusta

Jensen Beeler

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