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Introduction – MV Agusta takes a generational step forward with the creation of the new Brutale 990R. The new Brutale has preserved the significant style features of previous versions and is recognisable at a glance. However the Brutale is new in 85% of its components, improving its looks, its performance and its ease of use. Many of these parts have been designed and crafted by MV Agusta, rather than sourced from market suppliers, improving precision and functionality and highlighting the "Made in MV" concept.
Aesthetics - The headlight retains the same drop profile and the same dimensions, but introduces a fresh design with the introduction of a new polyellipsoidal element and a system of 8 LEDs that create a "light strip" effect, like that found on cars. The direction indicators are now incorporated into the rear mirror assembly that is larger for greater visibility.
The instrument cluster has been completely redesigned and now operates on a high speed CAN line with extra functions. There are indicators showing which gear is engaged, fuel level, speed, hazard button, water temperature, chronometer function and traction control settings.
The handlebar and footrests have a flexible fitting to improve comfort and reduce vibration levels.
The radiator protectors are no longer made of metal or integrated with the mechanical components, but 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 990R version comes in three colours:
- Pastel red
- Pastel white
- Pastel black
Engine - The engine size has increased 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, seeks to 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 the installation of a non-return feed that is 0.33 lbs lighter than the previous version. 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.
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 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 version. 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 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.
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.
The longer rear swingarm (which has been entirely redesigned and is 2.2 lb lighter) lengthens the wheelbase for greater riding characteristics and precision, increasing torsional rigidity and decreasing weight. The new wheelbase also reinforces the Brutale's signature stability. The weight reduction in the wheels and swingarm provides improved suspension operation.
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.
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 reservoir.
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.
Riding Impressions - The riding 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 a useable everyday bike that can be appreciated with a soft approach, thanks to its enjoyable characteristics it entices you to wear the tyres.
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.