The MV Agusta Brutale lineup from the Italian manufacturer is only two years old. It contains, most notably, the 1090 R and 1090 RR. The Brutale is considered a naked motorcycle, not needing to hide behind fairings or windscreens. Instead it bares all, showing impressive workmanship and an acute attention to detail. The Brutale is powered by a 1078cc, horizontal in-line, four-stroke engine with radial valves, which delivers 144hp (106kW) at 10,300 rpm. The Brutale has a softer suspension that makes the bike more comfortable to ride.
The design of the chassis uses a steel trellis frame mixed with aluminum plates. Other notable features are the upside-down Marzocchi 50mm fork, Sachs’s monoshock and the 190/55 - ZR17 rear tire. The 2012 MV Agusta Brutale has three different color schemes: white, red, and black. The 1090 R and the 1090 RR share multiple features such as the stroke unit, oil cooled generator, and oiling system.
In terms of exterior design, the 2012 MV Agusta Brutale is, without a doubt, one of the best naked motorcycles in the world in terms of looks and performance. The position of the seat is comfortable for both rider and passenger, and the turn signals have been shifted to a more comfortable position for better visibility. In other words, the 2012 MV Agusta Brutale is easier to ride than any of its older versions, but it still comes with the attention to detail that is expected from MV Agusta. The four-cylinder, 16-valve engine in the Brutale offers a great balance between drivability and power. It runs smoothly and comfortably at low revs, but it is also ready to unleash its power at a twist on the throttle. The delay in power delivery is minimal, and the engine sounds a lot like a proper race bike when it reaches higher revs. The engine remains smooth and refined at midrange as well. The tires in the 2012 MV Agusta Brutale are Pirelli Angel ST sport-touring tires, which are suitable for pure performance as well as daily driving. The tires offer more practicality and longevity, and they cope better with common annoyances like rain.
At 6.1 gallons, the fuel tank of the 2012 MV Agusta Brutale is larger than most other similarly powered bikes and is one of the few naked motorcycles with a fuel tank large enough for touring.
As for specialty models of the MV Agusta Brutale; the Brutale 910 R Italia is a commemorative model to celebrate the Italian national football team championship in the 2006 World Cup. It was awarded to each team member with the same number as his jersey. Only 100 other models of this kind were built.