Driving report: MV Agusta Brutale 1090 RR Cannonball


Driving report: MV Agusta Brutale 1090 RR Cannonball

Driving report: tuned MV Agusta Brutale

The MV Agusta Brutale 1090 RR Cannonball

A tuning kit turns the Brutale 1090 RR into a monster that ultimately only applies to one term: merciless.

It is one of those mornings around which silence is wrapped like a fluffy blanket. And is torn with one jolt. One press of the starter button on the MV B.rutale 1090 RR Cannonball makes the hair on the back of the neck even erect without gasoline in the blood. Pure contentiousness hisses from the sloping, short titanium silencer. Although the engine is cold, it turns stable at moderate 1000 rpm. Without having twisted the throttle even a millimeter, it is immediately clear from the lustful growling that there is something bestial lurking in these black four-cylinder towers.

A look at the data sheet has an enlightening effect: This Brutale 1090 RR is equipped with the Cannonball tuning kit, which should push the performance from 144 to 165 hp. It primarily consists of a completely new cylinder head with larger titanium valves, sharper camshafts and more aerodynamic inlet and outlet tracts. A modified control unit and the exhaust system made entirely of titanium from the specialist Arrow complete the power package. In order to transfer the extra power to the bike in a species-appropriate manner, a special anti-hopping clutch is also used, the slip of which is designed to match power and torque. The hardware costs 5500 euros. Around eight working hours have to be calculated for the assembly, depending on the hourly wage of the dealer between 500 and 700 euros. The bad news: the kit is not homologated. Anyone who obstructs it may henceforth only move their brutals on a closed route. In addition, as is usual with competition bikes, the guarantee expires.


Even more noble than the series MV Agusta Brutale 1090 RR: The Brutale 1090 RR Cannonball.

In return, the equivalent is very sensual. Enter the corridor, let’s go. The Cannonball does not react to gas commands quite as harmoniously as the series machine, but slightly more gruff. The clutch also requires more manual force. Out on the track, warm up the Dunlop Qualifier and then open the shower for the first time. The four-cylinder reacts cautiously up to 5500 rpm, its muscles are even measly up to 7000 rpm than those of the series counterpart. Which explains the somewhat poorer pulling power. But then comes the pressure wave that whips you forward gigantically. The exhaust screams meanwhile was heard 105 dB into the distance, the drive turns greedily. Only at 12500 rpm – 1200 rpm higher than the series Brutale 1090 RR – does the limiter stop the 214 kilogram bullet.

But it can be even more brutal: namely without dB-Eater. The lock can be removed in a few simple steps and the powerful pressure wave sweeps out of a four-in-nothing pipe over the cordoned off section. Heard 115 dB. Insanely loud. What the MV four-cylinder now produces can only be described as an unbridled passion. The dynamometer will confirm it later: While the series machine with 141 measured HP at 11,100 tours was also good in the forage, the Cannonball with dB-Eater pushes 162 HP at 10,300 revolutions. Without the cap, completely open, it’s done 190 hp at 12200 rpm. In addition, the weakness in the lower speed range is not quite as striking. The PS feel just as crazy as this paper value. From 7000 rpm, the front wheel still lifts in third gear if you leave the gas on. The hurricane from the tailpipe is hostile to life, but together with the acceleration on the very compact machine, a gigantic experience. Illegal, but great. Just merciless.

Data & Performance chart

Drawing: archive

Power on the crankshaft; Measurements on Dynojet roller test stand 250, corrected according to 95/1 / EG, maximum possible deviation ± 5%

ENGINE (Series Brutale 1090):
Water-cooled four-cylinder four-stroke in-line engine, a balance shaft, two overhead, chain-driven camshafts, four valves per cylinder, bucket tappets, wet sump lubrication, injection, Ø 46 mm, regulated catalytic converter, 350 W alternator, 12 V / 9 Ah battery, hydraulically operated multi-disc oil bath clutch , Six-speed gearbox, O-ring chain, secondary ratio 41:15.
Bore x stroke 79.0 x 55.0 mm
Displacement 1078 cc
Compression ratio 13.0: 1
rated capacity 106.0 kW (144 hp) at 10600 rpm
Max. Torque 115 Nm at 8000 rpm

CHASSIS (Series Brutale 1090):
Steel tubular frame, load-bearing motor, upside-down fork, Ø 50 mm, adjustable spring base, rebound and compression damping, single-sided swing arm made of aluminum, central spring strut with lever system, adjustable spring base, rebound and compression damping, double disc brake at the front, Ø 320 mm, four-piston Fixed calipers, rear disc brake, Ø 210 mm, four-piston fixed caliper
Forged aluminum wheels 3.50 x 17; 6.00 x 17
Tires 120/70 ZR 17; 190/55 ZR 17

DIMENSIONS and WEIGHTS (Series Brutale 1090):
Wheelbase 1438 mm, steering head angle 65.0 degrees, caster 104 mm, suspension travel f / h 125/120 mm, seat height 825 mm, weight with a full tank 214 kg, load 179 kg, tank capacity / reserve 20.0 / 4.0 liters.
Service intervals 6000 km
Colours Red / silver, black / white
Base price 18,500 euros
Cannonball tuning kit 5500 euros

Top speed (Manufacturer information) 265 km / h

0-100 km / h 3.4 / 3.4 (3.3) sec
0-140 km / h 5.1 / 5.1 (5.1) sec
0-200 km / h 9.5 / 9.1 (9.7) sec

60-100 km / h 3.9 / 3.9 (3.0) sec
100-140 km / h 4.1 / 3.7 (3.0) sec
140-180 km / h 3.7 / 3.5 (3.4) sec

* MV Agusta Brutale 1090 RR Cannonball with DB- / without DB-Killer (series)

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