From its three-cylinder engine to the shapely single-sided swingarm and underslung triple-exit exhaust system, the 2016 MV Agusta Brutale 800 looks very good. With the throaty triple cylinder running, it's soon clear that the riding position is excellent too. The footpegs aren't high, the seat is firm but spacious, and there isn't too much weight on the wrists.
Trundling along the highway, the LCD display is good – though it lacks a fuel gauge – and adjusting the traction control, ABS, quickshifter and power settings is simple. Sport mode is a pleasant surprise: not at all jerky, as the fueling was on some pf the previous MV Agustas, but with the right amount of extra urge over Normal mode.
In fact, everything's good about the MV Agusta engine. MV Agusta had to overhaul it to meet Euro 4 emissions, and in the process have smoothed out the torque curve, while moving the meat of it further down the rev range. And while there's a cunk of top end missing (about 9 horsepower), the result is massively satisfying on the road, and much more relevant on a naked-bike. The up-and-down quickshifter is brilliant, and with the addictive induction roar gives a real buzz to ever gearchange. If the engine's a treat, the chassis is even better. The wheelbase for the 2016 MV Agusta Brutale 800 is longer and the steering geometry lazier than before, but once more that's all to the good. The MV Agusta Brutale 800 feel really stable mid-bend, yet it's a breeze to change direction. The brakes are proper eye-poppers, and Pirelli's latest Diablo Rosso III tires are superb too.
Could you live with it? The service intervals are an impressive 15,000 kilometers, and good service from the official Thai MV Agusta dealer distributor and dealer means you not have to worry about spare parts or service. However, the fuel tank isn't enormous at 16.5 liters, the mirrors are average, the pillion seat marginal, and you'll need to invest in a special single-sided paddosk stand for chain maintenance…