The Bike Highlight – MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RS

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The performance figures of the RS appear to be very similar to the RR. The 998cc inline four-cylinder engine, with its titanium conrods and valves, central timing chain and DLC coated tappets makes 208hp and 116.5Nm; the same as the RR. That’s a phenomenal amount of poke for a naked bike. Naked bikes being my style I’d love to give it a go!

Radical, compact and extremely light, the frame is also very similiar to that of the RR.

The handlebars have been raised significantly from the café-race-style versions on the RR, making for a more upright riding position. I don’t know about you but I really do like the upright riding position, it’s comfortable and I get a much wider field of vision.

The footpegs are also repositioned and are mounted on new forged alloy brackets. The pegs themselves are also forged with a new design to improve grip. The seat has also been redesigned with dual-density foam for increased comfort,

The RS opts for Continental ABS instead of the more commonly-found Bosch kit, but it’s still a cornering ABS system. The rest of the tech is up to scratch with all the toys you’d expect for the price. Wheelie control, launch control, cruise control and an up/down quickshifter are standard, with a 5.5in TFT dash to oversee it all. You also get on-board GPS with integrated navigation, plus smartphone connectivity.

Screen Protectors sold here!

The lower spec suspension means the fork legs are black instead of gold, and real MV-spotters will notice the changes to the pegs and bars, but the styling is largely the same as the Brutale 1000 RR.

Rumour has it that the MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RS will be in the region of £22,800!