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Et tu – 2008 MV Agusta Brutale 910S

After Cagiva's purchase of MV Agusta's storied name in 1999, the company decided to enter the boutique naked-sport market and developed the Brutale 750.  The model has been the subject of several limited production factory customs, and further evolution brought the Brutale 910S.  Though it will never have the utility or daily ridership of a Monster or SV, the Brutale is one of the very sportiest of naked sports.


2008 MV Agusta Brutale 910S



The 910S is powered by an inline four with MV Agusta's excellent four-valve heads, pretty high compression at 13:1 and making 134 hp.  The rather sculptural trellis frame surrounds the engine and terminates in large cast swingarm connectors.  The front suspension is a pair of rather massive 50mm inverted Marzocchi forks, and a Sachs-damped single-sided swingarm is found under the seat.  Nissin supplies the 6-piston front calipers over 310mm rotors, with a single 210mm rear brake.  It's unfaired except for the radiator shroud, though the double parabolic headlight looks aerodynamic enough.  Behind the teardrop instrument binnacle, a split level seat and low European handlebars complete the cockpit.



This Colorado Brutale has less than 2,000 miles, and looks excellent.  Apparently the only mod, the HP Corsa exhaust is a lot shorter and likely quite a bit lighter than the factory dual mufflers.  From the eBay auction:

This bike only has 2,000 miles on it.  It runs and looks like it just rolled off the showroom floor. It only has one small crack in the paint in the tank, which is very difficult to see in the light.  I used a flashlight to take a picture and make it more visible for the ad.  You won't find a nicer, lower mileage 2008 Brutale anywhere.  This bike has a custom exhaust that gives it an awesome look.



The 910S reviewed as a nice handling standard with ergonomics favoring the smaller rider.  The low bars and nearly rear-set pegs make for an aggressive posture, the narrow seat helping the rider move around a bit.  The trademark star alloys identify it as an MV Agusta, and the fuel tank's wings give you almost another gallon.  A distinctive and thoroughly modern take on the naked sport, the Brutale 910S uses Agusta's potent transverse four, but otherwise makes its own road...




  • Great looking bike, I’ve always liked the orange on these, and you don’t see them in this color often. I had a Brutale 910R for a few years a while back. They look and sound awesome, and are beautifully finished, but the really touchy, abrupt throttle response and unnecessarily harsh suspension make it a frustrating chore in everything from freeway cruising to hard canyon riding; they do not feel well sorted out of the box. Ultimately it was service parts availability that made me get rid of it; that bike spent more time in the garage on stands waiting for parts than any other bike I’ve ever had.

  • Thanks for the input. I am in the market for a new bike. I like the looks of the Agusta. I don’t need extra mx issues though.

    • A buddy of mine had the 750cc version. Beautiful bike, with amazing detailing, and plenty fast for a naked bike. Unfortunately, reliability was, shall we say, “less than stellar.” His spent much more time at the dealer than it did in his garage. If you’re still considering one, keep in mind: those rear hubs can fail without much warning, so be sure to check that it’s been replaced with an updated part on any bike you’re looking at, the cool headlight lens apparently can pop out, and getting parts can be a real pain if it’s your only bike and the local [ha!] dealer doesn’t happen to have what you need sitting on the shelf. But it’s hard to pass these up, considering current Brutale prices… I’d get one in a heartbeat, but not unless I had a viable spare bike to ride while waiting for parts.


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