BRUTALE 990R Rolling chassis
The cage of pipes in chromium molybdenum steel, which constitutes the frame, retains the TIG welded trellis structure, but with a taller, lighter, and more rigid design. Taking a cue from the aeronautical industry, MV opted to use the more precise and more costly TIG welding process to make the frame stronger and more attractive. The extension of the rear swingarm (which has been entirely redesigned and is 2.2 lb lighter) lengthens the wheelbase for greater precision in the ride, increasing the torsional rigidity and decreasing the weight. The new wheelbase also reinforces the Brutale’s signature stability. The weight reduction in the wheels and swingarm provides improved suspension operation. The new chain guard is wider and wrap-around, improving protection against dirt and thus enhancing rider safety. A forged insert has been incorporated as an aesthetic detail and protects the rear swingarm in the event of an impact or fall from the vehicle. The rear wheel features a cush-drive, plus a new hub and bearing, the purpose of which is to make the engine more resistant to stress and to improve comfort. Although not adjustable on the 990R, the foot rests have a flexible assembly to absorb vibration and to improve comfort during the ride.
With an innovative design, the rims are even lighter than those on the 989R; they are gravity die-cast, with a weight that is 1.5 lb less on the rear rim, and 0.77 lb less on the front. The front forks have had their internals and oil dynamics completely designed by CRC, and are produced by Marzocchi exclusively for MV Agusta. The stems are 50 mm, and the compression, extension, and spring preload may be adjusted. The internal components and the calibration have been modified, with the range dropping from 130 mm (5.12 in) to 125 mm (4.92 in). The front wheel trail has been increased from 3.99 in (101.5 mm) to 4.07 in (103.5 mm), the wheelbase extended from 55.51 in (1410 mm) to 56.61 in (1438 mm), the height of the seat from 31.69 in (805 mm) to 32.68 in (830 mm), and the angle of the steering tube increased from 24.5 to 25°. The rear shock absorber covers the oil dynamics and the internal components. It offers a single adjustment of the extension, without a separate tank. The braking system includes 12.2 in (310 mm) NHK disks, a steel flange and Brembo 1.26 in (32 mm) radial mount 4-piston calipers.
BRUTALE 1090RR Rolling chassis
The RR version features the following additional components:
- Adjustable foot rest supports
- MV Agusta-designed forged rims, with extremely thin spokes
- Rear shock absorber with a double compression adjustment, high and low speeds, and a separate extension tank.
- 320 mm Brembo braking disks, a flange in aluminum and monobloc racing brake calipers, with 34 mm pistons and a radial attachment.
Racing demands that competition motorcycles be improved in deliberate, considered stages. Excessive modifications are in vain if you want to craft a true winner. This is why, when straddling the new Brutale, you realize that the character and personality have matured. The ride position is the first tangible improvement. The long and spacious seat allows even riders of above average stature to sit comfortably and to grasp a more ergonomically placed handlebar.The sensation is that of riding a motorcycle that has grown a couple of sizes, one that is more inviting. The sensitivity of an MV at low revs has been transformed into a strength. Riding a figure eight at a speed of little more than 1 mph, with two fingers on the handlebar, has become as easy as hurtling at 167 mph (270 km) per hour along a straight line. The notoriously fierce Brutale now demonstrates a new subtlety in its power. The 990 has become the motorcycle to ride in street as well as track gear. And there are no vibrations when you enter the highway at a steady speed for long journeys. The mirrors, the indicators, the throttle, the brakes, the clutch and the shifter respond with smooth coordination; everything is more spontaneous and functional, simple to operate and precise in action. The new calibration of the suspension is sensational for a silent, progressive absorption of even the worst patches of asphalt. It’s a bit like floating on a cushion of air that is entirely under your control; no nervous reactions, only a perfect line that the Brutale holds, even under extreme conditions. When a motorcycle is easy to use, it’s also easier to push to its limits. The 1090RR, with its superior technology, achieves results that no other naked can approach - particularly on the track, where it becomes a beast with an insatiable drive. At the same time, it remains obedient to the entry level rider tackling his first curves. In its sensuously nuanced power, the timeless Italian spirit emerges: never before has there been such a Brutale!
From a 3-D BRUTALE to online MERCHANDISING
With the 990R and the 1090RR, the possibilities of personalization are expanding, defining a new frontier of exclusivity. On our new website, a special 3-D configuration program allows you to create the Brutale of your dreams, which you can personalize in an area dedicated to accessories - both technical, for performance enhancement; and aesthetic, to refine the look and enable you to stand out from the crowd. On the site, you’ll find a racing workshop featuring high tech, high performance products: extremely light materials, such as carbon and Ergal; exhaust systems in steel and titanium; wheels, foot rests, electronic control units, and other engine components that will enable your Brutale to approach 200 hp.
You can also explore a world of accessories, to change color or graphics, or choose from articles that give your Brutale an even more aggressive look, like the lower fairing and rear single-seat cover. For the tourist, there is also a travel kit, which in addition to comfortable, waterproof apparel includes a set of tank bags, a more protective windshield, and a more comfortable seat for people of different stature. These accessories, along with MV Agusta apparel, can be seen at www.mvagusta.it, and many articles can be purchased directly online.