Canada Gets MV Agusta Brutale 1090R

From the end of May, Canadians will be able to choose from four MV Agusta models, as the Brutale 1090R (in black or white) will be added to the 2011 line-up. Joining the Brutale 921, 990R and 1090RR, the newly introduced 1090R is, in fact, a lower-spec version of the 1090RR.

Through its dealer, Motovan, MV Agusta Canada will sell the 1090R for CAD16,695, making it CAD2,300 less expensive than the CAD18,995 Brutale 1090RR.

Technical wise, the 1090R is powered by the same 1078cc four-cylinder engine claiming 144 hp at 10,300 rpm and 82.6 lb.ft. (112Nm) of torque at 8100 rpm. However, while both models are equipped with an eight-level traction control, the 1090R will not have the 1090RR’s slipper clutch.

The 1090R’s chassis is similar to the 1090RR and the 990R, and so is the geometry. The frame is a MAG-welded steel trellis instead of the 1090RR’s TIG-welded chromium molybdenum steel trellis.

The newly-introduced Brutale will also be slightly smaller than the 1090RR, with a length of 80.51 inches (205 cm) compared to the Brutale 1090RR’s 82.36 inches (209 cm). The seat height is slightly lower and it has less ground clearance. Just like the 1090RR, the 1090R too claims a dry weight of 418.9 lbs (190 kg).

In addition to that, suspension valving is also said to be softer and smoother. The front suspension offers 125mm of travel compared to the 1090RR’s 130mm, while the rear suspension only offers adjustable rebound damping and spring preload compared to the 1090RR’s fully adjustable system.

Finally, the Brutale 1090R will use Brembo racing brakes, but not the 1090RR’s aluminum monobloc brakes, and cast aluminum alloy wheels instead of the RR’s forged rims.

The company failed to mention whether and when the MV Agusta 1090R will arrive in the United States.
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