With the release of the new Brutale for 2010, MV’s current owners Harley-Davidson seem to have done a good job in keeping the gorgeous Italian styling that we have come to know and love.
A much revised 998cc inline four-cylinder pushes out a healthy 139 horsepower accompanied with 78 pound-feet on torque. To keep this all in check the rider can call on the huge stopping power from the Brembo four-pot calipers biting down on the dual front discs. Suspension comes in the shape of 50mm Marzocchi front forks with adjustment for compression, preload and rebound, with a Sach shock supporting the rear.
Refinements in the geometry giving a more relaxed steering position, have been aided by a 20mm longer swingarm, although the extra length has not gained any more weight, managing to tip the scales 2.2 pounds lighter than previously. With a larger LCD screen displaying all the relevant information you also get a gear indicator, water temperature and a chronometer for your lap times.
An asking price of $15,000 makes it a real contender considering the spec and style that you are buying into, but will it give Ducati’s Streetfighter and the much rated Triumph Speed Triple something to worry about? Check out Autoblog for the full review and give us your opinion.