2014 MV Agusta Brutale 800 Dragster — First Official Photos and Specs

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MV Agusta Brutale 800 Dragster

Described as, “The most extreme and essential Brutale ever,” this isn’t the Diavel rival we thought it was going to be, it’s something much more performance-oriented. What makes the 2014 MV Agusta Brutale 800 Dragster unique?

First off, this really is an MV Agusta Brutale 800. It has the same 43mm USD Marzocchi forks, same shocks, same wheelbase, same rake and trail, same trellis/cast frame. Even the three-cylinder motor is the same, producing 125 bhp at 11,600 rpm and 60 lb.-ft. at 8,600 rpm.

So what changes? Look out back. Where the regular Brutale wears a narrower, steeper 180/55-17 tire, the Dragster is equipped with a much wider, 200/50-17 item. The tail section is also dramatically cut off ahead of the rear axle where the donor bike’s extends a couple inches further.

MV Agusta Brutale 800 Dragster
The biggest change to the MV Agusta Brutale 800 Dragster is its chopped tail and 200-section tire.

In the cockpit, the regular Brutale is equipped with your average set of flat-ish handlebars. In their place, the Dragster uses stylized, above-the-yoke clip-ons.

Unique, 10-spoke wheels complete the aesthetic upgrades, shown off by the single-sided swingarm which is, again, shared with the regular Brutale.

All three-cylinder MV Agustas are now fitted with ABS as standard and the Dragster is no exception. It also includes the “MVICS” rider-aid electronics package and quickshift.

MV Agusta Brutale 800 Dragster
Other than the size of that rear wheel, the MV Agusta Brutale 800 Dragster is mechanically identical to the regular Brutale.

A new model in looks only? Seems like it. We’ll take a deeper dive into the materials and bring you more details as they develop.

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  • Robotribe

    Taste aside, that’s the most HONEST soundtrack and bike pairing that I’ve come across in a long time.

    Oh, and the bike looks insane.

  • Pablo Perez

    Those calipers look like they came off my 10 year old S4R.

  • Justin McClintock

    This is probably a great bike for somebody. I am clearly not that somebody. For a company that gave us the F4, this looks a little too Kawasaki for my tastes.

    • Reid

      I wish Kawasaki did make a bike like this, and by that I mean a sport-oriented standard with an 800ish cc triple.

  • deckard

    MV, please give us a sports tourer version of this platform. Not some wannabe off-road poser bike, but a real sports tourer like the Kawasaki Z1000SX.

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler
      • 80-watt Hamster

        The Turismo Veloce resembles more closely a Multistrada/Tiger 1050/Versys type machine to me. Upright, half-faired with road rubber. Make it more like a VFR800/Z1000SX like deckard asks and you have my attention.

        • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

          It has flat bars, but it’s no ADV bike.

          • deckard

            Turismo Veloce is a wannabe off-road poser bike like the Multistrada as described above. MV needs to make a real sports tourer for asphault, with no fake offroad pretension.

            • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

              It has no offroad pretension and tries in no way to be a faux off-roader. It’s a sport tourer with flat bars.

              • deckard

                What is that, a skid plate on the Turismo Veloce? And 6.2″ of suspension travel. Off-road poser bike it is, indeed.

                • John

                  “ADV Ergonomics” – Wes Siler.

                • AHA

                  I’m with Wes on this one. It’s only an ADV in as much as the ride position is upright. The skid plate is carried over from the Rivale which is a Hypermotard competitor. The Turismo Veloce has neither a beak nor knobblies or crash protection farkles. The Sachs electronics and the LED headlight simply aren’t aimed at impressing the Long Way Round crowd. The fitted luggage says autoroute not Touratech. The name means ‘speed’ and ‘tourer’ in Italian (not Adventure, Expedition or Dakar) and this is the concept that preceded it http://www.asphaltandrubber.com/bikes/mv-agusta-tricruiser-concept-675cc-sporttourer/ Think Triumph Tiger rather than Explorer. Tie break to Mr Siler.

              • John

                “Sounds apt, have you ever seen an upright ADV-style bike look this pretty?” – Wes Siler.

                Match Point Deckard.

      • sharper86

        Any indication on pricing yet?

    • John

      Ditto. Kinda liking the idea of a V7 sport tourer, myself. Not too many sport tourers left, least, not under 1000cc.

  • JohnnyWaffles

    I’m a fan of impractical badassness. I love it.

    • dinoSnake

      The perfect reply! “Impractical”. As if the world needs yet another “impractical” motorcycle, when motorcycle sales are (in general) in the doldrums. Thousands of riders are screaming for “practical” (see Deckard’s reply below) and all the manufacturers want to do is thrown “impractical” at us, or as noted yet another 34-inch high “off-road poser bike”.

      I’m beginning to hope that the bottom drops out of the motorcycle market, only so that the manufacturers will learn a lesson and give us what we’re actually looking to buy.

      • Braden

        While I agree that the market needs to reassess what models to bring to bear in this economy, no one in the market for small volume production, high end, bespoke Italian bikes has practical on the mind. We have Honda and the like to fill the ‘practical’ void.

        • Ben Mcghie

          Suzuki hasn’t figured out we want a DRZ400SM with a 6 speed and a water-cooled 650 yet so… I guess I have to save my pennies for the similar KTM. I dunno if I associate KTM with “practical” just yet.

          • Piglet2010

            I want a DR-Z400SM with a 6-speed, fuel injection, less weight, and better fork and shocks. Or hope that KTM imports the upcoming 390 motard.

            • Ben Mcghie

              That would also be an acceptable combination of upgrades. As for KTM, I would really like to give that 690 Enduro R a try.

  • Clint Keener

    Is this Diavel like or Monster like? Or somewhere in between?

    Love the looks though!

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      It’s a Brutale, nothing more. So Monster-like.

    • Paul Cypert

      It’s like a MT-09, Monster, Diavel and a few other bikes just had a massive crash and somehow this emerged from the smoking rubble.

      It’s the perfect bike for that guy that just can’t tolerate having the brand everyone has but secretly wishes he could just give in and let himself. Or for someone who doesn’t like red…

  • Joe Bielski

    Autobot or Decepticon?

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  • Stuki

    Yo, EXtreMe, Yo!!!! The mostest Extreme!!! Like X, you, X!!!

    Makes about a much sense as spiked hair, if you ask me. But then again, even valleygirls only buy eXtreme!!!!! lipstick these days….

  • Dave

    Is this rear fender thing going to be a trend now? I think it’s a great idea to meet the “fender must extend past the rear tire” regulation. Seems to work pretty well on the Diavel, but it’s way too chunky for this bike.

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      The GS and a few other bikes use them too. It’s a good solution to meet legal requirments, but style with a short tail.

      • Piglet2010

        Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. To me it looks like the middle part of the fender broke off – but then I hope the current trend in short tail bikes (and ugly trusses to hold the lights and plate) goes away soon.

    • Flying Couch

      I actually saw that look on the Buell S1, a bike which is nearly a couple of decades old by now, though it wasn’t as refined looking as more modern examples. I always thought it was funny to see it on a Buell, what with Erik Buell’s obsession with reducing unsprung weight. I’m all for this style on bikes with the short, stubby tail look going on.

  • hunkyleepickle

    has MV sorted out their fueling issues yet? I took out an f3 675 about a year ago, and it was wonky to the point of unrideable at low speeds. That sound tho!

    • Chris Carter

      Every review I’ve read or viewed about the preexisting version of the Brutale 800 complained of fueling so poor that the assorted reviewers could never get a good launch to test its quarter mile capabilities. Making a “dragster” version of a bike that can’t launch a decent drag run seems deluded.

    • runnermatt

      I’ve read on RideApart that MV fixed the fueling issues with a software update.

    • Piglet2010

      Not perfect, but much better fueling on the F3 800 according to Adam Waheed: http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/216/17828/Motorcycle-Article/2014-MV-Agusta-F3-800-Comparison.aspx

  • JP

    Brutale = Suzuki Gladius headlight, Ducati trellis frame, Street/Speed Triple Radiator Frame, Kawasaki gas tank.

    The exhaust is pretty awesome though.

    • Michele Menichini

      Well, nope.

  • sospeedy

    Can’t have the bike, but maybe the jacket! Anybody know what model of Dainese jacket is in the video? Looks like a textile….

  • Bluesceyes

    I think the entire aesthetic looks like something drawn up by the Mass Effect concept artists.

  • John

    “this isn’t the Diavel rival we thought it was going to be, ”

    We’re not sure why you ever thought it was going to be that.

  • kevin

    So… standard brutale 800 gets a chopped off tail section making it totally incapable of carrying any cargo or a passenger with any sort of comfort… and a wider tire for no reason? It’s ugly and it’s going to handle worse the the standard bike. I don’t see the point. But hey, if they sell them maybe it’ll be good for MV as a whole in the US, so I guess I’m okay with it.

  • Paolo

    Some heavy music for a motorcycle commercial…FINALLY.