MV Agusta has been on quite a roll, recently. First, there was the Rush, and then the F3 Rosso – all of this in within a month. June, too, seems to have kicked off nicely with the new Brutale 1000 RR breaking cover. The Italian motorcycle manufacturer has updated their hugely powerful naked in several ways. Although the power output figures from the 998cc, inline-four motor remain the same, the internals has been tweaked to reduce friction. The reworked exhaust system and a new cam profile also mean cleaner emissions and better torque low down, respectively.

By the way, that power output figure stands at 205 bhp and 116.5 Nm, which by any means, is a whole damn lot. Other additions to the 2021 model year include a new IMU and cornering ABS unit, both from Continental. There’s also the new inertial measurement kit and 5-inch TFT display, to round things off. Other than these things, the updated Brutale 1000 RR pretty much remains the same as before. Although the Öhlins suspension is the same as before, it has been refined for a better rough-road experience.

Stopping duties are handed out to top-of-the-line Brembo Stylema calipers with a 320mm disc up front. MV Agusta has even paid close attention to the footpegs, with the 2021 Brutale 1000 RR featuring forged pegs for improved grip and feel. However, it must be said, the Italians have stuck to their guns as far as the design is concerned. This is still a devilishly good looking motorcycle – with its twin barrels at the back and striking round DRL ahead. The question still remains though – would you pick this over the Ducati Panigale V4 or Suzuki GSX-S1000? That’s one hard pick to make, isn’t it? We’re leaning slightly towards the Italians on this one.

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