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– 2010 MV Agusta Brutale 990R
2010 MV Agusta Brutale 990R
BRUTALE 990R: Identity transformed. MADE IN MV.
Racing demands that competition motorcycles be improved in deliberate, considered stages. Excessive modifications are in vain if you want to craft a true winner. This is why, when straddling the new Brutale, you realize that the character and personality have matured. The ride position is the first tangible improvement. The notoriously fierce Brutale now demonstrates a new subtlety in its power. And there are no vibrations when you enter the highway at a steady speed for long journeys. The mirrors, the indicators, the throttle, the brakes, the clutch and the shifter respond with smooth coordination; everything is more spontaneous and functional, simple to operate and precise in action. The 990 has become the motorcycle to ride in street as well as track gear.
Almost a decade has passed since the appearance of the first Brutale, a prestigious, naked motorcycle with fascinating design, power, and speed. Its characteristics, unique and unmistakable, have made it famous the world over, enabling it to win coveted prizes as the most beautiful motorcycle of the year.
The Brutale pushes the limits of research and technology in its 2010 models – the 990R and the 1090RR. With its state-of-the-art components, the 2010 Brutale delivers acclaimed performance and ease of riding, in keeping with the “Made in MV” formula: a commitment to excellence in componentry, in the design of which MV Agusta is at the forefront. The “easy” handling enable the Brutale to compete with the Japanese nakeds: it is agile and instinctive in the hands of the rider. It excels on the racetrack, and its eclectic elegance and charm thrill even the casual admirer.
To achieve these results, it was necessary to replace 85% of the components, but the new Brutale has preserved the significant style features of previous versions. The work carried out on the 990R and 1090RR cannot be defined as mere restyling; rather, it is a silent MV Agusta revolution.
BRUTALE NEW ERA: 85% of the components are new and were DESIGNED BY MV AGUSTA
There is little left of the old Brutale model, as 85% of the parts have been completely redesigned. From the aesthetics, to the engine, to the rolling chassis, no component can be interchanged with those of the previous versions.
Among the new parts:
Front wheel rim, either gravity die-cast, or forged
Front brake disk
Suspensions Internals (oil dynamics and components of the front fork)
Instrument cluster (design, logic definition and information handling)
Brake pump with integrated tank
Mirrors with directional indicators
Fuel filler cap
Inner damper (oil dynamics and inside components)
Rear turn signals
Pressure die-cast rear taillight support
Rear wheel hub, either gravity die-cast, or forged
Many of these parts have been designed and crafted by MV Agusta, rather than sourced from market suppliers, thereby affording technical and aesthetic perfection.
Of all the world’s manufacturers, only MV Agusta obsessively pursues aesthetic perfection in its component design, because its aim is to make beautiful what others make only functional. And, without being presumptuous, the Brutale is the best example there is on the market.
BRUTALE 990R: Aesthetics
Headlight – The headlight retains the same drop profile and the same dimensions, but introduces a fresh, more modern design, which takes account also of a modified support, but eliminates the direction indicators. Inside, in addition to a new poly- ellipsoidal element, there is a system of 8 LEDs that create a “light strip” effect, like that found on cars, which for motorcycles is entirely new.
Instrument cluster and instrumentation – The new lines of the instrument cluster have abandoned the soft shapes of the previous cluster to achieve a style that is in keeping with the modern, slender features of the bodywork. It is designed to fit a personalized, interchangeable cover, which the rider can select from those available in the accessory line. The instruments are also all new, working in conjunction with the engine control module via a high speed CAN line, retaining the split dial, with the rev counter, which is even more precise. The two LCD screens have been enlarged and have even more functions. There is now an indicator showing which gear is engaged, the fuel level, the speed, the hazard key, the water temperature, and the chronometer function, with memory of laps and of times. The instruments are already set up to use a system for monitoring tire pressure.
Handlebar – The fitting of the handlebar is flexible, to improve comfort and to reduce the vibration level. On the integrated handlebar clamps, the upper triple clamp assembly, including the handlebar clamp, is new. This latter has been designed with an elegant hinge release system, which enables the handlebar group to be quickly dismantled. The handgrips also have a new design, with an alternation of smooth and rough areas that improves grip.
Rearview mirrors – The rearview mirrors are larger and have more volume for greater visibility, but have also been placed higher up than before; the arm is in pressure die-cast aluminum, to reduce vibrations and to improve stability. They house LED direction indicators (3 on each side), which are perfectly incorpora- ted into the rear mirror assembly, yielding a cleaner line than the traditional position.
Key block – The ignition block is the very latest generation, fitted with an immobilizer, the presence of which is indicated by a red light on the instrument cluster. The fuel cap is also new, with an advanced design in which the MV name stands out on the back, thanks to careful and precise manufacturing.
Bodywork and technical fittings – The air ducts for the air box are larger and tapered directing additional airflow. The radiator protections, no longer in metal and integrated with the mechanical components, are now part of the bodywork. In addition to streamlining the radiator and protecting it, they act as ducts to provide better cooling. The most evolved part of the motorcycle is the rear, thanks to a thinner, more modern tail, which makes sitting more comfortable. The LED taillight is integrated into the tail, which is no longer in plastic, but is pressure die-cast in aluminum, and is an entirely new design element. The two beautiful exhausts, which flow along the right side of the motorcycle, have been enhanced, eliminating the welding at the tips of the silencers and, above all, featuring an even more inclined and thinner cut that matches the lines of the bodywork. The external engine supports are sleeker and, along with the side stand, are embellished with the MV logos in relief.
The 990R version comes in two colors: Red or Black, both with Silver tank side panels.
BRUTALE 990R: Engine
The engine size has increased from 982.3 cc to 998 cc without any variation in layout. The cylinder bore and stroke have gone from 79 x 50.1 mm to 76 x 55 mm. The reconfiguration of the 4 cylinders, with 16 radial valves, seeksto make power delivery smoother, with a response that is more progressive, solid, and harmonious than before, especially when opening-closing and when accelerating.
For this purpose, a new 46 mm Mikuni throttle body assembly, with a non-return feed that is 0.33 lbs lighter than the previous one, has been installed. The new throttle body assembly is operated by Marelli 5SM electronics, which perform better than the previous, and which feature new software for such things as traction control (for which 8 adjustments can be made) and a double EFI map.
No alterations have been made to the materials, measurements, and profiles used on the thermal side, but the new electronics allow for the elimination of the position sensor of the camshaft. The completely redesigned engine crank case is 1.32 lbs lighter than the previous one, and is fitted with a counter-rotating balancing shaft to resist high-frequency secondary vibrations, which has been placed at the front of the engine and is driven directly by the primary transmission gear. While the transmission ratios remain the same, the internal gearbox command mechanism is entirely new, redesigned to allow adopting a gear sensor, and to provide a smoother and more comfortable shift of the lever. Using this new sensor, the engine control unit is able to optimize the injection and ignition calibrations and the position of the exhaust valve according to the demands of the individual gears.
There is also a new Mitsubishi, Neodymium-Iron-Boron generator, cooled by a high pressure internal oil jet, which – together with the new transmission system and a damper that incorporates an elastomer vibration canceling system – contributes to saving a full 3.52 lbs.
The lubrication circuit has also been entirely renewed, with a double rotor pump which is smaller and lighter (by 0.75 lb), but more efficient than the previous one. The circuit is no longer divided, as it was before, and the pump serves the radiator and the engine which are placed in series. The new oil filter has an environmentally- friendly paper element, which is easy to access without dismantling any part of the engine, thereby reducing maintenance time. The water pump, too, has been completely redesigned, and although it is 0.13 lb lighter than the previous one, its cooling capacity is up to 65% greater at low revs.
Engine performance has been optimized to improve drivability and power delivery, which are further enhanced by the new exhaust system, which has a choke valve operated by the injection control unit.
BRUTALE 990R: Rolling Chassis
The cage of pipes in chromium molybdenum steel, which constitutes the frame, retains the TIG welded trellis structure, but with a taller, lighter, and more rigid design. Taking a cue from the aeronautical industry, MV opted to use the more precise and more costly TIG welding process to make the frame stronger and more attractive.
The extension of the rear swingarm (which has been entirely redesigned and is 2.2 lb lighter) lengthens the wheelbase for greater precision in the ride, increasing the torsional rigidity and decreasing the weight. The new wheelbase also reinforces the Brutale’s signature stability. The weight reduction in the wheels and swingarm provides improved suspension operation.
The new chain guard is wider and wrap-around, improving protection against dirt and thus enhancing rider safety. A forged insert has been incorporated as an aesthetic detail and protects the rear swingarm in the event of an impact or fall from the vehicle.
The rear wheel features a cush-drive, plus a new hub and bearing, the purpose of which is to make the engine more resistant to stress and to improve comfort.
Although not adjustable on the 990R, the foot rests have a flexible assembly to absorb vibration and to improve comfort during the ride.
With an innovative design, the rims are even lighter than those on the 989R; they are gravity die-cast, with a weight that is 1.5 lb less on the rear rim, and 0.77 lb less on the front.
The front forks have had their internals and oil dynamics completely designed by CRC, and are produced by Marzocchi exclusively for MV Agusta. The stems are 50 mm, and the compression, extension, and spring preload may be adjusted. The internal components and the calibration have been modified, with the range dropping from 130 mm (5.12 in) to 125 mm (4.92 in).
The front wheel trail has been increased from 3.99 in (101.5 mm) to 4.07 in (103.5 mm), the wheelbase extended from 55.51 in (1410 mm) to 56.61 in (1438 mm), the height of the seat from 31.69 in (805 mm) to 32.68 in (830 mm), and the angle of the steering tube increased from 24.5 to 25°.
The rear shock absorber covers the oil dynamics and the internal components. It offers a single adjustment of the extension, without a separate tank.
The braking system includes 12.2 in (310 mm) NHK disks, a steel flange and Brembo 1.26 in (32 mm) radial mount 4-piston calipers.
Racing demands that competition motorcycles be improved in deliberate, considered
stages. Excessive modifications are in vain if you want to craft a true winner.
This is why, when straddling the new Brutale, you realize that the character and
personality have matured. The ride position is the first tangible improvement.
The long and spacious seat allows even riders of above average stature to sit
comfortably and to grasp a more ergonomically placed handlebar.The sensation is
that of riding a motorcycle that has grown a couple of sizes, one that is more inviting.
The sensitivity of an MV at low revs has been transformed into a strength.
Riding a figure eight at a speed of little more than 1 mph, with two fingers on the
handlebar, has become as easy as hurtling at 167 mph (270 km) per hour along a
straight line. The notoriously fierce Brutale now demonstrates a new subtlety in its
power. The 990 has become the motorcycle to ride in street as well as track gear.
And there are no vibrations when you enter the highway at a steady speed for
long journeys. The mirrors, the indicators, the throttle, the brakes, the clutch and
the shifter respond with smooth coordination; everything is more spontaneous
and functional, simple to operate and precise in action.
The new calibration of the suspension is sensational for a silent, progressive
absorption of even the worst patches of asphalt. It’s a bit like floating on a cushion
of air that is entirely under your control; no nervous reactions, only a perfect line
that the Brutale holds, even under extreme conditions.
When a motorcycle is easy to use, it’s also easier to push to its limits.
The 1090RR, with its superior technology, achieves results that no other naked
can approach – particularly on the track, where it becomes a beast with an
insatiable drive. At the same time, it remains obedient to the entry level rider
tackling his first curves. In its sensuously nuanced power, the timeless Italian spirit
emerges: never before has there been such a Brutale!
2010 MV Agusta Brutale 990R – North American Specifications
North America MSRP: $15,000 USD
Type Four cylinder, 4 stroke, 16 valve
Timing system “D.O.H.C”, radial valve
Total displacement 998 cm3 (60.9 cu. in.)
Compression ratio 13:1
Bore x stroke 76,0 mm x 55,0 mm (2.99 in. x 2.17 in. )
Max. horse power – r.p.m. (at the crankshaft) Full power version: 102 kW (139 HP) at 10600 / Restricted power version: 73 kW (100 HP) at 8000 – Lim. 11650 r.p.m.
Max. torque – r.p.m. Full power version: 106 Nm (10.6 kgm) at 8000 r.p.m. / Restricted power version: 91 Nm (9.1 kgm) at 7000 r.p.m.
Cooling system Cooling with separated liquid and oil radiators
Engine management system Magneti Marelli 5SM ignition – injection integrated system with Mikuni throttle body; induction discharge electronic ignition; sequential timed “Multipoint” electronic injection
Clutch Wet, multi – disc
Gear Box Cassette gearbox; six speed, constant mesh
Primary drive 50/79
First gear: Speed* 13/38 109.7 km/h (68.1 mph) at 11650 r. p. m.
Second gear: Speed* 16/34 150.8 km/h (93.6 mph) at 11650 r. p. m.
Third gear: Speed* 18/32 180.3 km/h (111.9 mph) at 11650 r. p. m.
Fourth gear: Speed* 20/30 213.7 km/h (132.7 mph) at 11650 r. p. m.
Fifth gear: Speed* 22/29 243.2 km/h (151.0 mph) at 11650 r. p. m.
Sixth gear: Speed* 19/23 265.0 km/h (164.5 mph) at 11650 r. p. m.
Final velocity ratio 15×41
Voltage 12 V
Alternator 350 W at 5000 r.p.m.
Battery 12 V – 8.6 Ah
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT
Wheelbase 1438 mm (56.61 in.)
Overall lenght 2093 mm (82.36 in.)
Overall width 760 mm (29.92 in.)
Saddle height 830 mm (32.68 in.)
Min. ground clearance 150 mm (5.91 in.)
Trail 103,5 mm (4.07 in.)
Dry weight 190 Kg (418.9 lbs)
Fuel tank capacity 23 l (6.07 U.S. gal.)
Maximum speed* Full power version: 265 km/h (164.5 mph) / Restricted power version: 245 km/h (152 mph)
Type CrMo Steel tubular trellis (TIG welded)
Rear swing arm pivot plates: material Aluminium alloy
Type “UPSIDE – DOWN” telescopic hydraulic fork with external and separated adjustment of rebound and compression damping and of spring preload
Rod dia. 50 mm (1.97 in.)
Travel on leg axis 130 mm (5.11 in.)
Type Progressive, single shock absorber with rebound damping and spring preload adjustment
Single sided swing arm: materiale Aluminium alloy
Wheel travel 120 mm (4.72 in.)
Front brake Double floating disc with Ã˜ 310 mm (Ã˜ 12.2 in.) diameter, with steel braking band and steel flange
Front brake caliper Radial with 4 pistons – Ã˜ 32 mm (Ã˜ 1.26 in.)
Rear brake Single steel disc with Ã˜ 210 mm (Ã˜ 8.27 in.) diameter
Rear brake caliper With 4 pistons – Ã˜ 25,4 mm (Ã˜ 1.00 in.)
Front: Material / size Aluminium alloy 3.50 ” x 17 ”
Rear: Material / size Aluminium alloy 6.00 ” x 17 ”
Front 120/70 – ZR 17 M/C (58 W)
Rear 190/55 – ZR 17 M/C (75 W)
MV Agusta is committed to the constant improvement of our products. Therefore the information and technical characteristics of the vehicles are subject to change without notice.
* = Top speed attained on closed course. Rev. 3 – 11/09/09
MEDIA PRESS RELEASE
MV Agusta Unveils Brand New Brutale 990R and 1090RR Models for 2010
Renowned Italian Motorcycle Maker Introduces Highly Anticipated Newly Engineered Naked Bike Designed in the Spirit of Award Winning Predecessor
WILLOW GROVE, Pa., Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ — With 15,400 Brutale models sold globally through a decade boasting countless international design awards and accolades, MV Agusta proudly introduces the new Brutale 990R and 1090RR for 2010. Conceived at MV Agusta’s CRC design center, the highly-anticipated launch of the new Brutale models signifies a new renaissance for the distinguished Italian brand, known for its success crafting high-performance, beautifully designed motorcycles.
With U.S. prices set at $15,000 for the Brutale 990R and $18,000 for the Brutale 1090RR, MV Agusta is currently unveiling the 2010 naked bikes for the first time at the famed Misano Autodromo circuit in Italy. Completely reengineered in every facet of its design with only the newest components featuring the latest technology, MV Agusta produced a brand new Brutale 990R and 1090RR which still capture the aggressive, legendary aesthetic of its predecessor.
Made in the world famous spirit of MV Agusta, the company ensured every aspect of the design and production for the new Brutale was overseen in-house. Using the knowledge gained from a winning tradition of racing excellence with 38 world championship titles and 37 manufacturers’ championships alongside motorcycle icon Giacomo Agostini, MV Agusta focused on producing the most versatile Brutale to date, with all the track-ready power of previous models, but with revolutionary attention brought to comfort and ease of riding at any speed.
“With the unveiling of the new Brutale 990R and 1090RR, MV Agusta looks forward to once again showing the world why the company continues to be one of the most respected names in the motorcycle industry,” comments MV Agusta Director of US Operations, Larry Ferracci. “The launch of the new Brutale models marks a revolution for the MV Agusta brand as it moves forward producing motorcycles echoing the spirit of its Italian heritage while also demonstrating the highest quality of manufacturing.”
For more information on the Brutale 990R and Brutale 1090RR, please visit www.mvagustausa.com.
About MV Agusta:
Founded in Italy in 1945, MV Agusta has created some of the most exquisite, sought-after motorcycles in the world, renowned for their attention to detail, superior craftsmanship, and provocative design. MV Agusta boasts an unprecedented 75 Championship titles securing its place in the annals of motorsport legend.