MV Agusta Brutale 800 Dragster Test “The clone wars”
The MV Agusta expose the 4th iteration of its platform F3 800, in a very evocative setting and up to the name “Dragster”. Its Pretty face and beautiful pieces they sufficient to differentiate the MV Agusta Brutale 800 Dragster the rest of the Trepistoni? It is in the Var we tried to discover.
This is the Paul Ricard circuit at Le Castellet which welcomes the submission of the last deviation dated the MV Agusta Trepistoni podium. The Dragster 800, is according to officials in attendance at the press seminar, the early concept of the MV Agusta Brutale 800 .
It is indeed not a chance that it was from the latter born the power machine we have before. There changes compared to its progenitor are truly quite rare, but enough to change the face and somewhat, the behavior of the motorbike. That is How? Climb into the saddle to find out
As we enter in city
Visually, the Dragster Brutale 800 relegate almost to the basic utility row, what face! Brushed aluminum inserts it and, back cover about aggressive car with two ramps diode lights, stickers finally “Varnish” the MV Agusta improvement in manufacturing quality and finish. Though, as the Brutale, cables in a hurry and fuse box are still too able to be seen on the tubular lattice. , the MV Agusta Brutale 800 Dragster side equipment refueling, beautiful half handlebars adjustable spacing rétrovisieurs end grips, Rear LED indicators, ABS and shifter EAS Series, comprehensive dashboard: it does not really miss much to the list. With his single arm swing and rear tire 200 mm, the next big arms of the beast arises, and it is said that dynamic agility Brutale may take a smack. O Yes! and no.
She barks more than it nibbles.
Thermometer5 or 6 °, however wet roads dryers, Italian motorbike plates, so in full power, I prefer to take my marks on the Brutale 800 before facing Dragster release. I found the wide and towering handlebars, a little arid suspensions, the next player in the chassis and engine overflowing health at half speed, always friendly, this Agusta.
Few kilometers away, change motorbike, I tell myself that the new handlebar does not modify a lot and the motorbike will turn into truck because of its large tire. However these prejudices are speedily swept away, giving way to a feeling of oneness with the motorbike.
The handlebars of the Dragster 800, much inferior and narrower, provides an outstanding feeling of the front end as the latter finds himself busier, helped by a customized distribution of masses. The ergonomic however comfortable as a wooden board slightly lower lumber, allows better body with the bike! You sit on the Brutale when we are more “in” Dragster.
Pirelli Diablo Rosso and II stern is actually quite round, not too fining agility at little speeds and first degree angle despite its 200 mm extensive. The grip of the MV Agusta Dragster Brutale 800 finally confirms more natural than expected and the first developments are confident. Its Good news!
A Brutale in modest further clumsy
do not struggle to move 125 horses, this lightweight motorbike and ambiance are part of the well helped by the fuming music from the three tailpipes. It is not mean, this block is truly a success, combining suppleness, performance, spirit and temperament. Yet, despite progress, the injection always generates some vacillation on a light throttle, causing unlikable jolts, to review.
its Side chassis, the front light but exact fact stand the wheel to the sky at the least bump during hard acceleration. The phenomenon is less marked than the Brutale, thanks to the additional weight on the front. Even though somewhat flexible set of origin, it is possible to put a stop to the mass transfers, split ensures a correct working amortization.
Part, also borrowed from the Brutale 800 , is still as inflexible but not stiff, the bike is a block. The rear Sachs shock returns too faithfully irregularities of the veneer, and holes and potholes, it takes some beating snowshoes, but not surplus.
It finally feels the width of the rear tire that during high angle plugs – where the MV Agusta Brutale 800 Dragster reluctant to enroll full angle – and inheritance tight turns, where it requires more physical attempt to driver. Remains to be seen if the side a bit clumsy, quite acceptable in everyday use, do not magnify themselves with tire wear.
A test track
2 sessions on the small developed the Paul Ricard circuit are designed to allow us to push the Dragster Brutale 800 into a corner. The temperature is gentle and this was ideal conditions, see it in the belly, that filthy brute!
The base line to the bottom of the sixth, the dashboard shows 250 km /h. I try to keep my head attached to my shoulders, small windscreen serial no deviant little airflow. I violently grabbed the brake lever and tend strong arms. Because of the fork too squashy, ABS Action between almost instantly, leaving no competent Diablo Rosso II work.
However it makes up for in second half of braking, when the mass transfer ends and the ABS releases the pressure to ensure , therefore, that the slowdown bitter and progressive braking equipment Brembo imposes to start the pin tightly follows. It was at this moment that the excessive width of the rear tire is felt and castigate the behavior of the MV Agusta Dragster. The bike feels heavy and broadens the trajectory. It necessity force with some physical involvement to make him reach the rope.
Evaluation- Too podium kills logic?
Throttle, the traction organize set to 4/8 leaves a little glide tire and strangles movements too large amplitude. Though, in spite of the recent electronic update must wait too long before the power returns to the rear wheel. There remains a little work to MV on this point.
Long curves taken at full load hold up put also highlight the lack of progressiveness of the shock. But how billiards veneer requires the discomfort is less noticeable on the road and Sachs handset ensures proper motor anyway, not anything more.
Datasheet about identical engine character and chassis similar almost similar: finally what actually distinguishes the MV Agusta Brutale 800 Dragster his eldest roadster?
Aesthetics already with a stronger identity and some gorgeous pieces bonus. The position then, more natural with a slight strain on the wrists, and fat rear tire, which penalizes the workability during sessions arsouille with friends, but acceptable every day.
The price of $ 18379, finally, much higher than the Brutale even if Dragster is well prepared home. The Dragster remains a Brutale 800, with the qualities of the unique model but also, unfortunately, some of its shortcomings.
In my observation it should even replace the catalog. Logic platform plays full effect in MV Agusta, but it should not be that Varese finally lost by declining base too, albeit good, without significantly modify or improve. As is clearly the case now.
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