2012 MV Agusta MotorcycleNaked has never been so sexy. This statement couldn’t be truer when discussing the new motorcycle added to MV Agusta’s 2012 lineup – the Brutale 1090 R.
From the curvy lines of the trellis frame to the smooth single-sided swingarm to the beautifully stacked exhaust out back, the Brutale R 1090 screams undeniable MV Agusta styling.The older brother of the Brutale 920, the 1090 R features a 1078-cc inline four with radial intake and exhaust valves, the largest displacement engine ever built by MV Agusta. And with this large displacement arrives large horsepower; wrist twisted, the Brutale R 1090 breathes 144 horsepower at 10,300 rpm, and 83 ft. lbs. of torque @ 8100 rpm.Wanting to keep this horsepower to the ground, MV Agusta has added eight levels of traction control, and an ECU mapped specifically for the raw power of the Brutale 1090 R.Regarding the suspension, MV Agusta says “the frame is a mix of steel and aluminum mated to a Marzocchi 50mm USD front fork and a Sachs rear shock, both with valving specific to the Brutale R 1090 capable of taming the most torturous roads and demanding race tracks.”This is all laid to the ground through a monster 190/55 ZR17 rear tire that guarantees “optimal grip, even during the most extreme conditions.”Wanting utmost comfort for not only the rider but also the passenger, MV Agusta designed the one-piece seat with increased dimensions over the Brutale 920; ergonomics were also improved on the bigger Brutale 1090 R.Available in dealers by the end of September, 2011, the Brutale R 1090 will be available in three different color schemes: white, red and black, with a MSRP around $19,000.2012 MV Agusta Brutale R 1090 Specs:Engine:
Type: Four cylinder, 4 stroke, 16 valve “D.O.H.C”, radial valve
Timing system: Electric
Total displacement: 1078 cm3 (65.78 cu. in.)
Compression ratio: 13:1
Starting : Electric
Bore x stroke: 79.0 mm x 55,0 mm (3.1 in. x 2.2 in.)
Cooling system: Cooling with separated liquid and oil radiators
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