MV Agusta Brutale 675: the lightest, fastest, smartest middleweight naked ever

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I know, I know, you’re thinking that this is one good looking motorcycle. But calm down for one second and listen to the specs: 113bhp, 52lb/ft and 163kg/358lbs (dry). Like the F3, this new MV Agusta Brutale 675 is also equipped with a counter-rotating crank and MVICS ride-by-wire and traction control. In Italy, retail is going to be just €8,990, €100 cheaper than the heavier, less powerful Triumph Street Triple R. Wow.

Update: 29 high-res, wallpaper-ready images.

Clearly based on the frame, single-sided swingarm and motor of the MV Agusta F3 675, this new Brutale only appears to cheap out in one area: the suspension. The 43mm, USD forks aren’t listed with a brand name and don’t appear to be adjustable. The no-name shock is only adjustable for preload. But that’s the only spec that isn’t absolutely mouth watering.

The Brutale won’t be available with the F3’s launch control, wheelie control or quickshift, instead coming with only ride-by-wire (switchable engine maps) and eight-mode traction control. The F3 is the first supersport to be equipped with TC, this Brutale is the first 600-ish naked to boast the same.

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163kg and 113bhp is very, very competitive; the Street Triple R weighs 166kg (dry) and makes 105bhp. It doesn’t have the MV’s SSSA, low-mount exhaust, ride-by-wire or TC. The Italian should also be the physically smaller motorcycle, something made possible by the integrated cylinder/crank cases which integrate the water and oil pumps for unprecedented compactness. Like the F3, the steel trellis/aluminum swingarm pivot frame wraps around that compact motor like a second skin. MV CEO Giovanni Castiglioni says, “it’s like a 125.”

The engine retains the new F3’s oversquare, 79×45.9mm bore and stroke dimensions, but max power is shifted down from 14,500 to a less extreme 12,500rpm while max torque remains at 10,600rpm. No dyno charts, but fuller power and torque curves lower down are claimed. No word on the rev limit, but the F3 tops out at 15,000rpm and MV does talk about significant capacity for overrev past peak power. There’s also talk of confidence-inspiring engine feel in both traffic and while riding fast, something that should be enhanced by the counter-rotating crankshaft. Traditionally, motorcycle crankshafts have turned the same direction as the wheels and nothing bad has ever happened. But, if you spin the crank the other way you can use the gyroscopic forces generated by its acceleration and high RPM operation to discourage wheelies and alter handling. It’s supposed to cancel out the effects of reciprocating inertia.

Brakes appear to be the same 320mm discs/Brembo radial calipers/Nissin radial master cylinder arrangement fitted to the F3. And also like the F3, the wheelbase remains an unprecedentedly short 1,380mm, meaning the Brutale should be capable of some very, very easy wheelies.

  • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate Ben Incarnate

    I like it a bit more than my Z1000, which I’m not nuts about the aesthetics of. The Transformers are on the rise! I’m sure it’d look a lot better with a full exhaust system. Black out those radiator shrouds, too.

    The numbers look promising, though.

  • Frosty_spl

    White and brown! My dream bike is affordable. ahh!

    • http://www.damiengaudet.blogspot.com damien

      Yeah, I was going to say…Can’t go wrong with white and brown. Looks awesome.

      • Miles Prower [690 Duke, MTS 1200]

        +1. Wow. Love the colors!

  • okto

    we’ll see. hasn’t the issue with brutales always been ergo’s?

    • http://www.lgdm.fr stempere

      I have to say the 910R i tried was incredibly fun, good looking, had a pretty shitty dashboard and was the most uncomfortable bike i’ve ever ridden.
      Instant and durable wrist pain, guarantied.

  • zero

    Yeah, last time around there was no chance my 6’2″ frame was fitting on a brutale. It’s a shame, too. Sounds like it’s gonna be an awesome bike.

    • Jon B.

      Weird. I owned a Brutale 750 which I installed 1098 rearsets on, and the bike fit like a nice suit. Throttle response was my biggest critique at the time.

    • Frosty_spl

      I’ve only sat on one, but it fit me like a glove, and I’m 6’2 as well.

  • gaudette

    As beautiful as that exhaust is it doesn’t really fit this bike as it does the F3.
    A new pipe will definitely shed a few pounds, too.

    • Patrick

      Agreed! Not really working on this bike, pretty big zit on an otherwise perfect 10.

  • http://www.lgdm.fr stempere

    Marzocchi & Sachs, apparently.

  • Charlie

    Perfect motorcycle in my mind. Get them to the US ASAP

  • Campisi

    Loving the brown seat and bronze tail section.

    • Charlie

      Yup, HD influences fading into memory.

  • Glenngineer

    Brown seats are great – MV, Guzzi and HD are the only companies that seem to know it.

    I want this bike.

    • Charlie

      Griso SE looks great with brown seat and green bike. But this is the bike to have. Bravo MV

  • Chris

    OMG, that bike is sexy – love that white/magnesium color scheme. Holy hell, this has inspired a new lust. Drool. That exhaust is also great looking IMHO.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cheese302 Cheese302

    wow, maybe this will replace the striple r

  • je

    Would be nice to see license plate delete, removed passenger pegs, low mirrors, and a different headlight setup.. Little disappointed that it doesnt have aunch control, wheelie control or quickshift.

    I love the exhaust but on this naked version the OEM box with heat shield looks out of place. Being naked everything thing needs to be clean with out clutter. Get rid of that heat shield and have 3 pipes going into a smooth oval like muffler.

    That brown white two tone setup is flat out EPIC! Would almost buy on that alone.

  • Kirill

    That is damn sexy.

  • AHA

    Looks TOO good for the real world.

    Plus like a lot of the new bikes, it’s really small. You’ll need to be short and stick thin not to look like a gorilla riding it.

    It’s gorgeous though. Will be the 2012 movie bike of choice.

    • robotribe

      “You’ll need to be short and stick thin not to look like a gorilla riding it.”

      Damn, it’s like they made it JUST FOR ME!

    • Campisi

      Plus like a lot of the new bikes, it’s really small.

      That’s a positive in my book. Most new bikes I sit on or look at strike me as needlessly large. Then again, I think that about most new cars and houses as well.

    • Aaron Trent

      Perfect, sitting at a manly 5’8″/130lbs I am a big fan of the little bikes!

  • Chris F

    Love it. Want one.

  • Devin

    Definition of Bike Porn. Even the paddock stand is gorgeous. The line the bronze exhaust tips and bronze seat forms… lovely. Looks like I’m going to be back in bike debt when this thing comes out.

  • robotribe

    Crap. I may be loving my Striple a little less after seeing this. It’s embarrassing, but true.

  • Roman

    I just hope that southern Europe doesn’t go all “Mad Max” on us in the next couple years and we can continue getting all these awesome bikes out of Italy. Making this bike possible is the one worthwhile thing Harley has done over the past 10 years.

  • http://www.faster-faster.com fasterfaster

    MV really killed it with these 675s. Finally some new bikes I can get excited about. Can’t wait for them to hit market.

  • dux

    Time for a super comparo, HFL!

  • Dan

    Since the adjustable suspension is 85% of what separates the Street triple r from the regular street, shouldn’t we be comparing this to the latter? Gorgeous as this thing is, it makes more sense to describe it as a “startling 900 euro premium over the original Stripple” rather than a “100 euro discount” over the STR with a thousand dollars of fine print.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Not all suspension is created equally. I’ve ridden non-adjustable forks that have been pretty damn perfect and I’ve ridden fully adjustable that couldn’t even get close.

  • http://krtong.com KR Tong

    Oh shit the white one. Just look at it. Its everything I’ve ever wanted.

  • Coreyvwc

    High tech traction control with non adjustable suspension, that’s like a sports car with a standard automatic transmission…

    That is a pretty substantial total package killer. But hey it looks pretty right…

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      You haven’t ridden with TC yet have you? Not only can you switch it off if your balls are just too damn big, but it WILL up your confidence, WILL allow you to get on the throttle earlier and WILL make you faster.

      On the Street Triple R, the better damping control and steeper rake are the big differentiators, being able to adjust is nice, but it’s not what the non-R needed.

      • Coreyvwc

        I get what you’re saying, but it just sounds like a software blanket for lackluster hardware. All the photoshop apps in the world won’t turn my iPhone into a DSLR…

  • zipp4

    I’d like to give the photographer at MV a high five. Their shots are always amazing. Purely gorgeous.

  • Bram

    I love it!
    Can’t wait to test ride one. I might sell my Street Triple for one of these.

  • Johndo

    This bike sucks. It makes my 2010 FZ8 look like a lump of rocks hehe

    Definitely on my shopping list.

    And at equal price this should take a huge chunk out of the Street Triple market. Love the Street, but this thing is exotic, with mono swing-arm and superb exhausts. If it’s as reliable as it looks good, it will be unbeatable for the price.

    • Tim

      Reliable and more dealers would help a lot. Maryland does not even have a dealer but VA and PA do.

  • NickK

    Wes,

    When this comes stateside, I’d love to see an extended comparison between this, the triumph street AND speed triple. I’ve been thinking (obsessing) about the new speed triple. I’d settled on it namely because of its great lowdown torque (82 flbs at 7750 rpm which interestingly is comparable to the tq/wt ratio of my ex k1200s). But now, this f3b has drawn a scratch across the broken record in my head. Less power that you have to wring out, but 100lbs lighter? Holy crap.

    I know comparing the 675′s to the Speed is apples and oranges, but that’s the point. Do I want an apple or an orange?

    Please get on this – for the good of mankind.

    • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate Ben Incarnate

      To be clear: there’s a significant difference between dry weight and wet weight. As an example, the Ducati Streetfighter claims a dry weight of 373lbs, but wet weight is 440.

      I could be crazy, but I expect the wet weight to be close to the Street Triple.

  • Myles

    The baby fairing/gauge cluster completely ruins the entire bike for me.

    I’m not in love with the headlight, but could have gotten over that.

    It looks like they designed a beautiful awesome bike, and then some random guy in the back of the room was like, “oh shit guys, we need clocks on this motherfucker!”

    How damn hard is it to just make a naked bike guys? At least MV did better than Aprilia, where a half-faired bike counts as a “naked”. We don’t call a woman in a swimsuit naked, don’t call a faired motorcycle naked.