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2013 MV Agusta Brutale 1090 R & RR Review Photo Gallery

See photos of the 2013 MV Agusta Brutale 1090 R & RR in the MV Agusta Brutale 1090 R & RR photo gallery. Read more in the 2012 MV Agusta Brutale 1090 R & RR Review.

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The MV Agusta Brutale R riding position is intuitive with the handlebar placement ideal for our 6’1” frame.
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The MV Agusta Brutale R's dash is easy to read, with an analog tach prominent.
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Traction control is incorporated into both bikes. The 8-level MV system can range from meddlesome to encouraging hooligan antics, depending on the desired setting.
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Peak torque production for the R is 74.42 lb-ft compared to 67.58 for the RR.
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Both are light on their toes in tight, technical terrain, where the Brutale turns in quick with easy transitions.
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Considering how similar the engines appear on paper, the performance disparity is dramatic.
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Lots of torque equals easy this...
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The 468-pound R tips the scales two pounds lighter than the RR
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The bright red frame on the RR isn’t all show either, as its chromoly steel tubing is different than the alloy sourced by the R version.
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Styling cues draw attention to the spec sheet variances of the two bikes. Gold two-piece calipers on the R contrast the silver monoblocs adorning the RR.
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The R mill churns out a more street-friendly powerband, with a stark advantage on the low and mid range.
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The Brutale R’s lower-spec Brembos are more than adequate too, with precise modulation.
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The Brutale 1090 R rings in at $16,498.
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The Brutale RR makes use of more aggressive higher-lift intake cams and shorter intake manifolds in its 1078cc Inline Four.
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The RR sources 10-spoke forged aluminum wheels different from the R model.
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The bright red frame on the RR isn’t all show either, as its chromoly steel tubing is different than the alloy sourced by the R version.
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The Brutale RR gets up-spec monobloc versions of the Brembo radial-mount calipers.
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The distinctive slash cut exhaust is a prominent styling cue on the Brutale.
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The Brutale RR's rear Sach's shock, with the piggyback unit offering additional adjustability with high & low-speed compression damping.
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The handlebar and instrumentation on the RR is identical in function to the R model.
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The RR further ups the styling ante on its sibling with cleaner integrated turn signals and LED running light.
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The racetrack is where the higher-spec Brutale will truly earn that extra R.
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The Brutale RR chassis felt somewhat tauter, but the steering damper was deemed overkill for regular street duty.
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The Brutale proves comfortable enough for an extended day in the saddle, with our lower back minimally fatigued after a 200-mile day.
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Both bikes are eager to run at an elevated pace, with the RR’s advantages increasing with the mph.
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Power production isn’t the only difference between the two engines. The more tightly wound RR emits shrieking engine tones.
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Integrated turn signals differentiate the RR stylistically from the R version.
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The high-strung RR features a top-end bias and only presses its advantage when the tach screams up into five-figure territory.
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Our MCUSA testing cadre has long deemed the Brutale one of the most fetching bikes on the road, and these 2012 models do nothing to change that opinion.
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The MV Agusta Bruale RR and R exhibit quite different power deliveries, with the latter a more street-friendly bottom end and mid-range.
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A play bike pure and simple... The Brutale delivers more than ample street performance in a sleek package.