The MV Agusta Brutale 990R that we reviewed last month has one big problem — it’s a premium product with a premium badge selling at a premium price, but it’s got a smaller engine than its even more premium identical twin, the 1090RR. Less numbers and fewer Rs do not satisfy customers of exotic motorcycles in North America. The solution, at least in Canada? Stick the big motor in the 990R’s chassis. Voila, a bigger number at a more affordable price.
Update: the 1090R adopts the cheaper, MIG-welded frame and components of the MV Agusta Brutale 920, not that of the TIG-welded, higher spec 990 as we previously reported.
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Canadian Motorcycle Guide, which scooped the news this morning, reports that 1090R will actually become the cheapest model in the Canadian Brutale range. The new bike will retail there for $16,695 (CDN), the 990R costs a bit more at $16,995 while the high-spec 1090RR costs 18,995 of your finest maple leafs. We hear Canadian MV dealers will also accept beaver pelts. The 1090R will reportedly only be available in the land of aboots.
Last month we asked MV Agusta to explain the differences between the 990R and the 1090RR to us, as we kind of fail at comprehending the company’s elaborately obtuse press materials. This is what they told us:
“Key points between the 990R and 1090RR, aside from price $15,000 vs. $18,000 respectively are in the Wheels, Suspension, Brakes, and Accessories…and of course the engines,” says a spokesman.
“Wheels: 990R Cast ‘Star’ v. 1090RR Lightweight Forged
Brakes: 990R Radial Brembo v. 1090RR Cast Monoblock Radial
Suspension: 1090RR more fully adjustable Front/Rear
Accessories: 1090RR adds – slipper clutch, steering damper, adj. rear
“1090 offers more noticeable torque, and also +HP due to larger displacement (1078cc v. 998cc on 990R).”
So basically figure on the 144bhp, 85lb/ft motor in the 990R’s chassis, but some powertrain components have also reduced their spec — the clutch is no longer a slipper for example. CMG Online also suggests that the suspension could have become softer and therefore cheaper.
Just get the 990R.