Itâ€™s a brutal proposition for the middle man, says Tor Sagen, of the 2013 MV Augusta Brutale 800 as he test rides it at Varese, Italy.
MV Agusta has turned into a very progressive and active motorcycle manufacturer and in the same year of the F3 and Brutale 675 it has managed to launch a third triple, the Brutale 800. Basically this latest Brutale model is a 675 on steroids weighing in at the exact same weight but with 125 horsepower rather than 110 as quoted for the smallest sibling.
Technically the Brutale 800 is a 2013 model but I have been lucky enough to sample all three new triples in 2012. All good things are three as they say and by the looks of things this is certainly true for the North Italian motorcycle manufacturer. There is a fourth triple model that MV Agusta announced to the world at the EICMA show and that is the Rivale 800. The Rivale 800 will feature very similar technical specifications to the Brutale 800 in this test so you can also consider this a bit of a teaser for the Rivale model due to have its dynamic launch in mid 2013 according to my factory sources. Expect suspension with more travel and a more motard like riding position but that should be it.
Focusing on the subject matter the Brutale 800 has pretty much the same riding position and handling feel as the Brutale 675. The 800 differs in three important areas; suspension, tyres and engine.
The big 798cc triple with its exclusive counter rotating crankshaft has obviously been a part of MVâ€™s early planning strategy for its user friendly Brutale range. User friendly they may be but donâ€™t misunderstand me, the Brutale 800 is a highly tuned naked with a race like feel from the engine. Compression is up one whole point from 12.3:1 to 13.3:1 compared to the 675. Stroke is up from 45.9 to 54.3 to achieve the 798cc displacement. These changes makes a massive difference and particularly in the torque area where maximum torque now is achieved @ 8.600rpm compared to the sky high 12.000rpm in the 675.