With all the upheaval around the world, it’s never too late to introduce a 2020 model. In this case, there are two more new models from MV Agusta—the 2020 MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR SCS and 2020 MV Agusta Dragster 800 RR SCS.It’s the SCS that makes these MVs different. Debuted on the 2018 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 Lusso SCS we reviewed, in the case of the Brutale and Dragster 800s, the SCS is MV Agusta’s 2.0 Smart Clutch System.
Designed with clutch wizards Rekluse, the 2.0 SCS automatically disengages the clutch as you come to a stop. When you’re ready to resume, the clutch re-engages as the revs rise. It is generally known as a centrifugal clutch.The 2.0 SCS on the 2020 Brutale and Dragster 800s makes manual clutching superfluous, as the SCS models also have up/down clutchless quickshifting.According to an MV Agusta spokesman, the 2.0 SCS enables “the rider to pull away with a smooth-ness that would be difficult to replicate with a manual clutch or other assisted gear systems.”In his review of the Turismo, Ultimate Motorcycling President Arthur Coldwells noted, “The Rekluse clutch is very sensitive and allows for slower than walking speed control, as well as elegantly smooth takeoffs from a standstill. Instant acceleration from at rest is incredibly impressive—just twist the throttle as hard as you like, and the Turismo responds perfectly.”While traditionalists may call foul, the combination of the auto-clutch and clutchless shifting worked on the Turismo, and we have no doubt it will replicate its performance on the 2020 MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR SCS and 2020 MV Agusta Dragster 800 RR SCS.2020 MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR SCS (and Dragster 800 RR SCS) SpecsENGINE
Our first segment introduces you to the new Arch 1s. This latest, slightly more sporting American V-twin, adds to the original KRGT1 coming from the boutique manufacturer based in Hawthorne, Southern California. Senior Editor Nic de Sena rode through Malibu with Gard Hollinger, who co-founded Arch Motorcycle with his friend, Keanu Reeves. The 1s is a unique ride for sure, and Nic explains what makes the bike really stand out.
For the entertaining story behind Arch Motorcycle from Gard Hollinger himself, you must listen to his podcast episode on Motos & Friends HERE
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In our second segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with multiple Emmy award-winning writer, Producer, Director, and actor, Thom Beers. the former Chairman & CEO of Fremantle Media North America, responsible for American Idol and America’s Got Talent.
Thom’s fertile imagination led to most of the really big reality TV shows such as ‘Deadliest Catch’ (now in its 17th season!), and many others. Of course for us in the motorcycle world, you’ll be interested to hear the genesis and story of how he started the first real fabrication reality show ‘Monster Garage’, that showcased Jesse James, and then how that led to ‘Biker Build Off’ and the ‘Zombie Choppers’ movie.
You’d imagine that most of Thom’s time is spent sitting behind a desk and on his phone. Not so. His intense stories of capturing much of the content for these shows make for some hair-raising listening.