MV have just unveiled the new MV Agusta Dragster and Brutale models and it’s given all of us a massive Casey Stoner. I mean, just look at them. That Dragster RR SCS RC. Offfffft. The Dragster range is made up of the aforementioned RR SCS RS, the RR SCS, the RR and the Rosso. Likewise, if you want a Brutale, you can have an RR SCS, an RR or a Rosso. All the bikes share the same engine and frame, but as you’d imagine have different levels of spec.
So what’s new? Well there are a few new engine parts that have helped the 798cc inline triple maintain its peak power of 140hp, despite now being Euro5 compliant. Efficiency is improved by new valve guides and DLC-coated tappets and there are some new injectors and exhaust pipes. The clutch has been tinkered with and it gets a more robust basket for improved reliability. I’m guessing a few MV owners have had issues with the previous one.
All the MV Agusta Dragster and Brutale models have got a completely new electronics suite, complete with IMU. It means much more precise operations of ABS, traction control and anti-wheelie. The press release did make a point of saying they can still be wheelied, though. Thanks MV. There’s a new 5.5” TFT dash that comes with the MV Ride App, so you can plum your phone into it. It means you can do all the usual stuff like see satnav instructions and map your routes. Oh, there is an electronic gearbox, as well, so flat-out upshifts and clutch-less downshifts are catered for.
The chassis, although largely the same as previous models, has been faffed with slightly. The frame gets some new side plates that add a bit more rigidity, and there’s a new shock linkage. In fact the suspension settings, both front and rear, have all been ‘revised’. Hopefully that means made better.
There are a few other nice little bits too. There’s a new seat, LED cornering lights, and a little wind deflector that may or may not improve comfort.
The MV Agusta Dragster and Brutale both come in either the Rosso, the RR or the RR SCS. The Rosso comes with red paint and only has 112hp. They’ve done it so they can offer a 35kW (47bhp) version. The RR is the ‘basic’ full-power version, and the ‘SCS’ is the same as that but with the Smart Clutch System. The SCS is a clutch developed by Rekluse and allows you to stop the bike without pulling the clutch lever in or having the it in neutral. Then when you open the throttle you get instant drive. It’s a bit like riding an automatic.
The Dragster RR SCS RC is the trickest model in the family. It’s got forged wheels, loads of carbon fibre and can be given an extra 10bhp with the optional race kit. The race kit is basically an SC Project exhaust, and some mapping to match it. But you’ll have to hurry if you want one because they are only making 200.
I don’t suppose for a second that any of the new MV triples will be cheap, and Christ only knows what Brexit flavoured tariffs they’ll be subject to but fuck me, look at them. If that’s not what internet porn was invented for, I don’t know what was.