The current MV Agusta logo carries the line “Motorcycle Art Since 1945.”The new Superveloce 800 and Brutale 1000 RR both gorgeously adhere to the message that MV Agusta is in the business of creating motorcycle art. But the new Rush 1000 injects some steroids into that sentiment, taking the “art” one step further.
Based on the already performance-breed Brutale 1000 RR, MV Agusta unveiled the Rush 1000 at EICMA Milan Motorcycle. Here’s a first look at this beauty that builds upon MVA’s naked motorcycle dragster niche.1. The Rush 1000 is powered by the revamped 998cc inline-four cylinder found in the Brutale 1000 RR that MVA says is the “only production bike” to use radial valves and titanium connecting rods. The motor features a completely revised combustion chamber that has radial valves inspired by Formula 1. The titanium connecting rods, used in MotoGP technology, reduce mass, loads and engine inertia. The engine also has a central camshaft chain, which is also traditional for MV Agusta and mitigates the effects of camshaft twist at high rpm.2. The Euro5 compliant engine produces 208 horsepower at 13,000 rpm and 86 ft/lbs at 11,000 rpm. Add a race exhaust and ECU, and the naked superbike can produce 212 horsepower @ 13,6000 rpm.3. MV Agusta says the bike is “an exercise in style,” and this is easy to spot with the enclosed rear wheel. The wheel takes inspiration from drag racing. It’s created from CNC machined aluminum alloy and enclosed with a carbon-fiber cover. The 200/55 rear tire size is also inspired by drag racing.4. The other highlights of the design are the round LED headlight with cornering functionality that is encased in a CNC-alloy housing and inspired by the RVS #1; the minimalist passenger seat cover; the CNC-machined aluminum fuel tank; and the titanium exhaust.5. The Rush 1000 arrives with four engine maps: Sport, Race, Racing and Custom.6. All the expected electronics are present, including eight-level traction control, electronically assisted gear shifter for clutchless up and downshifts, wheelie control, Bosch cornering ABS with rear wheel-lift mitigation, and launch control. The Rush 1000 also arrives standard with cruise control.7. The Rush 1000 has the latest electronic suspension: Öhlins EC units with electronic management of the compression and extension hydraulics. The suspension – a NIX EC fork and EC TTX rear shock – is complemented by an electronic Öhlins steering damper.8. Braking duties are handled by dual 320mm discs squeezed by four-piston Brembo Stylema calipers, and a 220mm rear disc squeezed by a two-piston Brembo caliper.9. Other highlights include carbon-fiber bodywork, titanium fasteners, a full-color TFT 5″ color dashboard, CNC adjustable footpegs, and connectivity to a smartphone via the MV Ride App.10. MV Agusta says production of the Rush 1000 will begin “in a few months.” Pricing is yet to be announced, but expect a price between the $32,000 Brutale 10000 RR and the $45,000 Serie Oro.
2020 MV Agusta Rush 1000 Specs
Displacement: 998 cc
Bore x stroke: 79 x 50.9
Maximum power: 208 horsepower @ 13,450 rpm
Maximum torque: 86 ft/lbs @ 11,000 rpm
Compression ratio: 13.4:1
Valvetrain: DOHC, radial valve
Exhaust: Arrow 4-1-4
Cooling: Liquid and oil radiators
Lubrication: Semi-dry sump
Transmission: 6-speed w/ quickshifter
Final drive: Chain
Frame: Steel Tubular Trellis
Handlebar: Semi Clip-On
Front suspension; travel: Öhlins Nix EC hydraulic “upside-down” front forks with TiN superficial treatment.; 4.72 inches
Rear suspension; travel: Öhlins EC TTX completely adjustable with electronically controlled compression and rebound damping and spring preload; 4.72 inches
KTM RC 390 and Gordon McCall of Quail Motorcycle Gathering
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This week features Senior Editor Nic de Sena’s impressions of the new KTM RC 390. The entry-level KTM has always been an impressive motorcycle that has sold extremely well, however the factory has now taken the bike to another level, with top-spec features that are typically found on flagship machines. Clearly KTM has realized that even smaller engined machines should have high spec suspension, brakes and electronics packages. Nic tells us how well the new RC 390 is equipped, and what he thought of riding the smaller displacement rocket.
In the second segment I chat with automotive and motorcycle industry icon, Gordon McCall. Gordon is the Director of Motorsports at the Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel Valley, California.
This weekend of Saturday May 14th sees the annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering re-start after its Covid-forced hiatus, and having attended every one of the previous Motorcycle Gatherings, personally I’m very happy that the event is back on the schedule. Gordon chats about the event and a little of what’s happening this year. It’s a great event and if you feel like a trip to the gorgeous Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley, you’ll get to meet Gordon, Roland Sands, and of course a large number of stunning motorcycles too.
From all of us at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!