It appears that the motorcycle industry is experiencing a slight surge in confidence, and this is in contrast to how the situation was a few years ago. One sign of the new turn of events is the fact that a lot of models are enjoying updates, and even the smaller motorbike makers are not being left behind. A good example of this is the latest update of the Brutale 800 motorbike that is manufactured by MV Agusta. Realistically speaking, however, the update commemorates the fifteenth anniversary of the motorbike’s launch.
The Brutale motorbike series are MV Agusta’s standard (or naked) bike range and the model 800 has been updated based on additional sculpted shapes. The new 800 heightens the feeling of reprisal when it comes to the major stylistic features. For example, the headlamp's elliptical shape is updated to full LED, while the triple-pipe exhaust comes with enhanced capacity and shape. It now packs a colossal gas tank that holds 4.3 gallons, and this means longer rides.
The centerpiece of the new style is a space-age saddle chassis frame made using light alloy. It fits in with the trapezoid-shaped tank that is combined with the air box, lending an aggressive feel to the motorbike.
The Brutale 800 has a number of brand new features, including retractable passenger handles, double saddle, and tail light LED indicators. The bike’s instrument panel has also been changed and it has a new handlebar. A clutch pump and its associated tank have been added, and this has enhanced the quality of the area. The higher quality is also attributed to the remodeled electric switches and digital instrument panel.
The engine has also undergone significant changes. The latest redesigning of its three cylinders boasting of a counter-rotating crankshaft adheres to the critical Euro 4 emission standards. In addition, it has a power output of 116 horsepower while running at 11500 rpm. The bike’s maximum torque has been twenty-five percent to 61 pounds per foot at 7600 rpm. Ninety percent of this value is already attainable at 3800 rpm.
Besides the counter-rotating crankshaft, the Brutale 800 is the only motorbike in its class equipped with an electronically-controlled 2.0 up/down EAS gear shift. The bikes slipper clutch is now hydraulic and the engine is controlled using the MVICS system. The system incorporates a unified full ride-by-wire, multi-map traction control system with eight settings.
Only a few years ago, riders would not expect such accessories on a production motorbike, and there are riders who would not even have any need for them. But today, they are fast becoming a standard expectation on anything that resembles a performance motorbike.
When it comes to handling, the new Brutale 800 features a new frame whose wheelbase has been lengthened by 20 millimeters to measure 1400 millimeters. In addition, the trail now spans 103.5 millimeters, up from 95 millimeters in the preceding version. The bike’s ALS steel tube frame is combined with alloy clamps made of light aluminum alloy in the back section of the single swing arm’s pivot.
The Marzocchi-made fork comprises of aluminum forks with a diameter of 43 millimeters with a traveling distance of 125 millimeters. This is a millimeter longer than the shock absorber ( from Sachs) which is attached to the single swing arm. The new 800 uses the high-performance Brembo braking system. It has a pair of front floating disks with a diameter of 320 millimeters and brake calipers that have four pistons. At the rear end there is a twin-piston caliper that operates on a 220 millimeter disk. To complete the picture, the bike has a Bosch 9 plus ABS, and this is sure to guarantee top-notch performance and safety, no matter the type of road surface.
In terms of handling and safety, the bike uses the new Diablo Rosso III tires from Pirelli. This is the first time ever that these tires have been fitted on a standard production motorcycle, and they are an important extra asset.Riders who love to focus on details can admire the bike’s new foot peg mounts, frontal headlight supports and the ducts.
The 2017 Brutale 800 from MV Agusta comes in three available color schemes-red, black matt metallic and pearl ice white. The bike’s MSRP (manufacturer-suggested retail price) is $13,498.
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