Believe it or not, but this is an MV Agusta Brutale

Dailies, Galleries -

By

MV Agusta Brutale Pathos 2

One of the stars of the show, we’ve been waiting for decent pictures of the Officine GP Design Pathos to pop up since EICMA wrapped last month. Now, courtesy of The Return of the Cafe Racer, they have. Based on a four-cylinder MV Agusta Brutale, the build applies classic looks to modern performance. No posing here.

As enthusiasts of riding motorcycles, it’s painful to see beautiful custom build after beautiful custom build appear on our computer screens, then be forced to stay there by mechanical components that probably aren’t capable of turning a wheel or, if they are, doing so in a mere shadow of the ability of even a 20-year old 600.

Now, independent firms like Officine and France’s Unit Garage (who made that stunning ’70s bodykit for an R1200GS)seem to be recognizing that there’s merit in applying beautiful retro looks to bikes capable of starting and stopping and going and all that fun stuff.

This cafe bodykit, which Officine hopes to sell for a few thousand Euro at some undisclosed point in the future, will in no way impair the ability of the Brutale, but adds the kind of looks that could grace the pages of BikeEXIF.

The bluish glow from the halo headlight is mirrored in the MV badges laid into the tank.

We also love the quirky uniqueness applied here; that huge screen isn’t an obvious choice, but it gives the bike an air of functional appeal that a too clinical design could have lacked. Should work well too, adding a welcome dose of high-speed or distance practicality to the naked MV. The bars, rotated upside down in the yoke, should drop the riding position just enough to suit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stephen.kellie Stephen Kellie

    what i would give for less close up details shots and one proper side photo

  • http://firstgenerationmotors.blogspot.com/ Emmet

    I wish you wouldn’t reference Bike Exif. I try to stay away from that function-follows-form hipster circle jerk. Beautiful bikes, yes, but the flow of bullshit is unreal (the word ‘delicious’ should never be used to describe a fucking motorcycle)

    • CB200Cafe

      Why no love for BikeExif? Not everything on there is my cup of tea, but I think if you’ve got enough gumption to pick up a wrench and build a bike in your shed you deserve some props.

      • http://rideapart.com Wes Siler

        I love bikeexif!

      • http://www.bikeexif.com/ Chris Hunter

        Couldn’t have put it better myself.

    • http://www.bikeexif.com/ Chris Hunter

      Ah, I thought I recognized that handle! So that’s why we don’t see you on EXIF any more. I don’t recall showing any conventional choppers, although we chuck in the odd bobber or hardtail now and then. And I’ll attempt to use more manly adjectives in future. :-)

    • yipY

      I agree in regards your comments about BikeExif.Legions of barely ridable bikes are posted as hipster honey to attract fashion flies just to seize advertisment revenue to run the site at a profit,I imagine.BikeExif is perfect if you want to waste vast chunks of precious time gazing at bikes you will ever,and I dare say never ride.Any bike actually between your legs is preferable to holding a moist mouse and staring into a computer monitors hypnobox abyss.

  • Cockroach

    “If I were a rich man…”

  • http://www.facebook.com/raphaelsassi Raphael Sassi

    Beauty!

  • Guest

    The omitted profile pic…

  • http://www.facebook.com/scottpargett Scott Pargett

    This has to have a few Ducati Sport 1000 owners shakin in their boots. There goes the monopoly.

    • sean macdonald

      They don’t make the 1000 anymore.

  • Mark Desrosiers

    I was just thinking about how hard that bike would be to navigate around a crowded parking lot, then I realized, I’m totally missing the point. Beautiful bike.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jonathan.berndt.73 Jonathan Berndt

      how could you possibly tell??? there isnt one decent photo on there showing the whole bike!

  • http://www.twowheelsplus.com/ Anders

    What’s the point of this bike? Make a unique and great looking contemporary bike look like a generic cafe racer?

  • http://twitter.com/JackNorton8064 Jack Norton

    Make the screen/fairing a quarter the size and I’m all over it like a rash

  • Strafer

    I definitely can appreciate the aesthetic
    Nice looking leather and headlight, even the screen
    Big improvement for me in looks over the original looks of the Brutale
    However, i’m a fan of the motard riding position
    Cafe racer position doesn’t look comfortable for me

  • Robotribe

    The fairing shape has me puzzled. I want to like it, but those last two photos make me feel like I’m having a staring contest with Robot Snoopy.

  • Khali

    The upside-down handlebar is a really original feature. I like it.

  • red baron

    Personally not a fan of the exposed rivets.