The "RR" stands for "Real Rad".

“Adrenaline and pure style. A sublime riding experience that has enchanted riders in search of that something more, beyond extreme acceleration.” While press release copy is rarely short on hyperbole, not to mention exaggeration, the description of this Italian thoroughbred is actually rather subdued.

Obviously a stunning motorcycle, the Brutale 800 RR may well claim the title of the top nuda bellezza (naked beauty) in the art and design category. Let us read on: “140 horsepower from launch, a full torque curve, complimented with the best suspension and control package MV can offer. So, MV Agusta strengthens its technological leadership in the year Euro IV regulations are introduced, reinterpreting the same performance led strategy that make it an icon in motorcycling: the ‘bad’ Schiranna naked, benefits from a thrilling riding experience accompanied with an exceptional level of refinement: less vibration, noise reductions of 50% compared to the previous model, lower emissions, more power, and less demanding set-up. A dream constructed around acceleration and design.” (The Schirrana is the fully-faired race replica).

Tre Pistones: The 2017 MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR

Read on: “With the introduction of new components such as a harmonic damper, a new mechanical cam-chain tensioner, new camshafts, new valve guides, all completely redesigned and utilizing new materials to minimize stresses and vibrations. Noise reduction also extends to the side covers of the engine, which also act as engine protectors. An entirely new countershaft, starter motor, and primary gear drive, are aimed at improving the reliability. The designs of the transmission gears are also redesigned to achieve better meshing and therefore smoother transitions.

“The new Brutale RR 800 takes the model presented at EICMA last year to new extremes. The classic MV naked was reshaped and reinterpreted; new aero forms were introduced with respect for the classic style that defined the Brutale DNA typified by the unique front headlight profile and distinctive ‘organ pipe’ silencer which has increased both in profile and volume (+ 3 lt).

Other distinctive elements of the new Brutale include the split seat, retractable passenger grab handles a graphic LED rear tail light and the compact LED indicators. The strongest feature is the futuristic signature light alloy structure of the subframe, which connects to the trapezoidal fuel tank (16.5 litres) creating a visually front biased volume that accentuates the aggressive character of this naked whilst retaining a uniquely balanced compact proportion. Introduced specifically for the RR version, are new forged wheels with a specific contrasting surface treatment.

Tre Pistones: The 2017 MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR

“The upgrade of the New Brutale 800 RR is also electronic. The throttle unit has been updated, up & down EAS 2.0 Quick Shift is standard complimented by a hydraulic clutch with integrated slipper system. The engine management is entrusted to MVICS system and includes an updated Full Ride by Wire System incorporating multi-map with eight level adjustable traction control. Finally the new dashboard is now equipped with an OBD function (On Board Diagnostics).

More power is managed by the introduction of a new steering damper, with eight levels of manual adjustment. The hydraulic Marzocchi upside down fork utilizes lightweight gold anodized aluminum stanchions (comprising an external compression adjustment system, extension and spring preload) and an adjustable Sachs rear monoshock. The braking system is entirely Brembo with a pair of floating front discs 320mm diameter and four- piston calipers, while the rear operates a twin piston caliper on a 220mm diameter disc. To top it all, the Bosch ABS 9 Plus, ensures safety and performance on all road surfaces.”