2015 MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR Review
Did the 2015 MV Agusta Dragster RR steal the Brutale RR’s thunder? In some ways, yes. But a name as coveted as the Brutale will never die, and to be fair, the Dragster’s real name is the Brutale Dragster.
As a standalone model the Brutale 800 RR is certainly a quench for anybody’s thirst for something brutal. We’re just talking degrees of brutal at this point. I say the Brutale 800 RR is just the right kind of brutal.
As a pure road bike, the Brutale 800 RR is the unrivaled one from MV Agusta’s current line up of 798cc triples. It’s the ultimate in “trepistoni” (three-piston) technology, and shares jealously only with the Dragster RR at the point of writing.
There is something called the Turismo Veloce coming very soon, which I welcome from the Varese factory. Until that arrives it’s the Brutale that owns the roads at least for those that cares for their own physical wellbeing.
Who am I preaching for a comfortable MV? Well it’s important because MV Agusta is rapidly becoming something more than just a niche manufacturer. And for that to really be cemented you do need something fairly comfortable for the majority of bums to enjoy. While we wait we do have the Brutale 800 RR and what a motorcycle it is!
Comparing the Dragster Brutale RR to the Brutale RR is like comparing that supermodel in a tiny black number with high heels to the same woman but without the high heels; the Brutale RR is more comfortable, and has the same performance and beauty of the Dragster RR, but is less striking.
For road riding I much preferred the Brutale 800 RR with its comfortable riding position and softer suspension. The chassis is balanced and biased towards the street, but the components are just as high spec as on the Dragster, which means a full lightweight aluminum fork with DLC (Diamond-Like-Carbon) coating from Marzocchi.
The steering is quick but with less weight over the front end due to the more upright riding position (than the Dragster). The light front and the 140 horsepower triple make a steering-damper absolutely necessary at high rpm.
The improvements in performance have been enabled by adding new 50mm throttle bodies and two fuel injectors per cylinder. The velocity stack air-intake and air-box along with a higher flow exhaust silencer completes the pretty massive power boost of 15 horsepower more than the base model.
The trepistone engine is not directly based on the F3 800’s 148-horsepower powerplant but is rather an evolution of the 125-horsepower Brutale version. The result is a very satisfying boost in torque throughout the midrange with an end result of 63.4 ft/lbs at 10,100 rpm.
It’s easy to get going from a standstill and there’s progress even at next to idle rpm without any jerkiness. This is good for riding in economy mode using the higher gears for cruising on a highway. It’s also good for acceleration which is very good and on par with even higher capacity motorcycles. The Brutale 800 RR is playing with the big boys in terms of engine performance and probably exceeds most in handling.
There’s a distinct racebike feel to the engine and power delivery but with a smoothness that makes it all work well on the road. The EAS 2.0 quickshifter pretty much makes the Brutale 800 RR into a semi-automatic vehicle while on the move.
Instead of using buttons to shift you do of course use the gear lever but all clutchless. The downshifting is cool when you need to go from higher gears and down to first in a quick operation, leaving pretty much only braking to the rider.
For your average daily commute, or relaxing Sunday ride, I think it’s a feature easily forgotten because I still used the clutch for downshifts out of old habit, apart from when I wanted to test it properly when riding fast.
It’s a feature to get properly used to before it’s evident how useful it is, but I reckon I’d love the quickshifter downshift feature after a while. In theory you should never experience a locked up rear wheel again due to negative torque.
A final note to the latest version of the 798cc triple is that MV Agusta has performed several reliability tests. Currently this engine has been tested in the bench at full continual power for more than 2200 miles with no issues. That’s a lifetime of full power awesomeness for most.
Traction control and ABS brakes are also standard on this ultimate Brutale trepistoni model. The MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR is such a responsive, light and powerful motorcycle that these safety features are only welcome and probably necessary in some scenarios.
The Brembo radial brakes are very powerful and the ABS with rear wheel lift-up mitigation could be a life saver. The Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tires provides lots of grip and it’s worth noticing that the Brutale RR gets the standard 180/55-17 rear tyie as opposed to the 200 section on the Dragster. It doesn’t hurt the handling at all which on the Brutale 800 RR is more neutral than the Dragster 800 RR.
Compared to the 125-horsepower base Brutale, the RR is a massive upgrade in both engine and chassis performance. The Brutale 800 has more than enough for most but if you want the ultimate in triple engine technology and an even lighter and better front fork the RR is for you.
The Brutale RR can play with the big liter bikes in outright power to weight performance. Compared to the 675, the 800 RR is a bit of a handful so don’t start thinking that it’s any kind of beginners motorcycle.
The MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR is for those looking for a liter bikes performance in a 600’s chassis. Despite the fact that I love the Dragster RR’s good looks I think I prefer the Brutale 800 RR for daily use.
2015 MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR Positives:
+ 140 horsepower triple engine with plenty of torque
+ Handling and light chassis
+ Better riding position than Dragster
+ Quickshifter, ABS brakes and traction control standard