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2014-09-01 10:26

BRUTALE 800 DRAGSTER IN SA: According to the MV Agusta, its Brutale evokes the DNA of ‘dragster’ race bikes, “specifically built to release their explosive power in the few seconds”. Image: MV Agusta

Following the launch of its Rivale 800, MV Agusta continues to expand its  South African motorcycle range and in September 2014, launches its new Brutale 800 Dragster locally.

The three-cylinder Brutale 800 Dragster promises to be the “most extreme Brutale” yet with its improvement yet borrows from the first four-cylinder units.

Craig Langton, dealer principal for MV Agusta SA and the Cayenne Group, said: “This is the MV Agusta’s introduction to the Brutale 800 Dragster and it’s all fact with this new machine, all the MV Agusta’s are stunning looking motorcycles, but the Brutale Dragster has to be one of the most attractive looking MVA’s from the Factory yet”


“We had a number of the units snapped up on their arrival, some riders waited for months for them to land we can certainly see why they are in demand”.  

The Brutale 800 Dragster retails from R169 900 though, proving how sought-after the bikes are, all initial units are sold. The Kyalami dealer reports that it has a demo model available (not for sale) but could not say when more would arrive.

Its three-cylinder engine is capable of 92kW/81Nm and weighs just 52kg. Key technical features include the shell-cast “closed-deck” crankcase with integral bore liners.

MV Agusta said: “The need for compactness has also imposed full integration of the water and oil circuits and the respective service pumps. Just as significant is the choice of counter-rotating crankshaft, a solution with origins in the racing world where ride responsiveness has absolute priority, and the only judge of performance is the stopwatch.”

Compared to previous thee-cylinder configurations, the unit powered the Brutale 800 Dragster focuses on “fast-response, linear power output, putting a mighty roar into this roadster.”

The engine is mated a removable six-speed gearbox, with ratios designed to ensure rapid acceleration and a ‘sports-category’ top speed.


The new MVICS (Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control) injection-ignition system features the bike maker’s latest software and an engine control strategy first implemented on its Rivale 800 and extended to its entire three-cylinder MY2014 range. MVICS uses MV Agusta’s Eldor EM2.0 engine control unit and a Mikuni Full Ride-By-Wire throttle body.

The system gives riders access to settings via the instruments and handlebar switches.

Rider’s can configure torque settings in one of four different mappings. Three of these are named according to riding conditions (Sport, Normal and Rain) while the fourth leaves the rider free to define in terms of settings.

Included is 8-level traction control, which can be disengaged.


Its frame configuration has an ALS tubular steel load-bearing structure, supplemented by lightweight aluminum alloy plates. It has a wheelbase of 1.3m, identical to the Brutale 800.

At the front, its Brembo brakes sport 320 mm floating discs, equipped with four-piston callipers while the rear has a 220 mm steel disc and mounts a two-piston caliper. It’s equipped with Pirelli Daiblo Rosso II tyres (120/70 - ZR 17 front, 200/50 – ZR 17 rear).

The suspension has adjustable units, allowing personalisation of compression and rebound settings, as well as providing a selection of spring pre-load options.

According to MV Agusta: “The Ø 43mm upside-down Marzocchi fork offers 125mm of travel, the Sachs rear shock gives the single-sided swingarm (in aluminum alloy), 125 mm of travel.”
The seat height at 811mm, has been redesigned to “improve comfort and function”.

The bikemaker said: “The rider can also count on even more functional foot pegs and supports, and new heel guards which, just like the wheel rims, have been specially customised for the Dragster.”


Power: In-line three-cylinder engine, 798 cc
Bore: 79.0 mm, stroke 54.3 mm
Maximum power: 92kW at 11600 rpm
Maximum torque: 81Nm at 8600 rpm
Limiter at 13000 rpm
Dry weight: 167kg
Power-weight ratio: 1.34 kg/HP
Tyres: Pirelli DIABLO Rosso II 120/70 - ZR 17 front, 200/50 – ZR 17 rear

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