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MV Agusta 1090 Brutale (2012) - The Silk Sledgehammer

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MV Agusta 1090 Brutale (2012) - The Silk Sledgehammer
« on: August 16, 2015, 05:48:23 PM »
Having ridden the highly impressive 675 Brutale I was understandably keen to try its’ 1090cc big brother. For me it made an interesting point of comparison with the 2007 Yamaha FZ1S I owned until recently and the Triumph 1050 Speed Triple I rode a couple of years ago.
Like the rest of the MV range the 1090 is very well styled package, managing to pull off a certain panache that neither the FZ nor Speed Triple can match. The 1090 conveys a no nonsense sense of purpose, brooding and straining on the leash…keen to be set free.


The best looking of the big naked sports bikes?

The particular machine I rode had been sharpened further still with a revised engine mapping, bespoke exhausts and suspension tuned by a well-respected specialist. There was a price to pay however as at idle the engine ‘hunts like a bastard’ to quote a certain Mr. Cosker. I quite liked this, it served as a welcome antidote to the somewhat anodyne nature of certain modern superbikes.
Once riding the beast I felt immediately at home. This surprised me a little as I thought the seat height might be an issue for a stumpy chap like me. I was really pleased to see a proper analogue rev counter too. I am an analogue sort of guy…


A proper rev counter for a proper bike...


Even the MV badge possesses a certain flair...

Straight away I LOVED this bike; properly quick. Potent even with around 160bhp on tap, but still an absolute delight to push through a series of tight and demanding bends. The brutish engine and sonorous exhaust being the perfect partners in crime. I could throw the bike about with aplomb, it always felt planted and secure…direction changes were sublime for such a big, powerful bike. The Brutale would positively roar out of bend, slingshot propelled by that fabulous motor towards the next challenging twist and turn before the fantastic, confidence inspiring brakes would shed the speed with ease. This is one superb bike, with dollops of real world muscular performance in sharp, stylish package. For me this is the best bike I have ridden in years and to say I am smitten would be something of an understatement! Please God don’t let me near any finance forms!


In the words of Maddness...It must be love, love...

To be honest some of the more prosaic details passed me by such was the pleasure of riding this bike, so I think I am going to have another look in the cold light of day…my Ducati is on sticky ground right now…


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Re: MV Agusta 1090 Brutale (2012) - The Silk Sledgehammer
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2015, 09:46:43 PM »
That looks fantastic!

Re: MV Agusta 1090 Brutale (2012) - The Silk Sledgehammer
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2015, 07:53:30 PM »
So when are you getting one?  ;)     8)

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Re: MV Agusta 1090 Brutale (2012) - The Silk Sledgehammer
« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2015, 09:12:55 PM »
So when are you getting one?  ;)     8)

The negotiations are ongoing, but I need to double check the seat height as the example I rode had a modified suspension system

Re: MV Agusta 1090 Brutale (2012) - The Silk Sledgehammer
« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2015, 08:26:26 PM »
Nothing stopping you modifying another Brutale though Tony.... Seems like you have found your dream machine!

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Re: MV Agusta 1090 Brutale (2012) - The Silk Sledgehammer
« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2015, 11:08:25 PM »
Nothing stopping you modifying another Brutale though Tony.... Seems like you have found your dream machine!

I did think it was fantastic and no mistake

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Re: MV Agusta 1090 Brutale (2012) - The Silk Sledgehammer
« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2015, 12:35:26 AM »
All being well I will pick up 900 mile 14 plate 1090RR in a couple of weeks time...

Re: MV Agusta 1090 Brutale (2012) - The Silk Sledgehammer
« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2015, 12:55:07 AM »
All being well I will pick up 900 mile 14 plate 1090RR in a couple of weeks time...

Naughty boy!  ;D
Swap rides with my TDM some time? ;)

Re: MV Agusta 1090 Brutale (2012) - The Silk Sledgehammer
« Reply #8 on: October 19, 2015, 05:19:43 PM »
Brilliant, look forward to seeing it on the road!

A Ducati and an MV in the 'stable' puts you firmly in the upper percentile of true petrolheads. Not forgetting the RD, the GPZ, and others of course  :)

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Re: MV Agusta 1090 Brutale (2012) - The Silk Sledgehammer
« Reply #9 on: October 19, 2015, 08:12:59 PM »
The beast itself