Driving report: MV Agusta Brutale 920


Driving report: MV Agusta Brutale 920

Driving report: MV Agusta Brutale 920

The youngest member of the MV Agusta Brutale family

Brutal, that is, beguiling lines, crisp driving dynamics and a shot of that certain something. The youngest member of the family with a 921 cm3 four-cylinder also follows this tradition?

Ah, the easy brutals." The gatekeeper at the MV Agusta factory gate raises his eyebrows in appreciation at the sight of the youngest member of the Brutale family. The 921 cm³ Brutale seems to be particularly close to MV’s heart, how else did she get the nickname in-house "Easy"?

S.Not because their construction was taken lightly. It is not a cheap savings number. The butted aluminum handlebar is held in place by a handlebar clamp with a folding hinge. A fully adjustable fork is also on board, as is the eight-stage traction control and Brembo radial calipers. Cassette gear, height adjustment at the rear, single-sided swing arm, the pretty star-shaped wheels with angle valves, the characteristic curved fluid reservoirs for brakes and clutch, everything is there. The fine tubular space frame basically corresponds to that of the 990, and the welds on the neatly finished mufflers with the engraved MV logo are exemplary. The only thing you will look for in vain is a slip clutch and steering damper. No, this brutal really doesn’t look like a savings model.

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Driving report: MV Agusta Brutale 920

Driving report: MV Agusta Brutale 920
The youngest member of the MV Agusta Brutale family

Casual wagging around curves, a few brave sprints in between are her element.

The tuning of the spring elements corresponds to the 990 Brutale. However, the rear is lowered by about five millimeters, and the 920 is content with a 180 on the rear wheel. The MV slips around every pumpkin as light as a feather, without being disturbed by thrown asphalt. Whether that’s where her nickname comes from?

It pulls its course like clockwork. This in connection with the relaxed, active sitting position takes away the horror of the dubious road surface and the dubious grip. The coordination of the spring elements, especially in the hindquarters, is on the comfortable side. Sufficiently tight, with the necessary comfort.

Despite the frosty temperatures, their response does not seem stubborn. Maybe there should be a bit more cushioning at the rear for a crisp speed or two-person operation, but a test has to show that first.

Anyone who thinks they have to compromise on the engine is wrong. Equipped with the crankshaft of the 1090, but smaller 73 mm pistons, the engine has a radial valve head like the big Brutale and goes to great lengths. His 131 horses are of a lively nature. The row quad cranks up vigorously and very evenly from the lower rev range and surprises with a powerful middle. From 4000 rpm the engine grabs properly and does not let go up to the limiter at a good 11,500 rpm.

Strong 50 mm sliding tubes, radial pliers with a good bite and sensible angle valves on the pretty wheels.

The result is a powerful start and, if necessary, easily shaken off the wrist, enjoyable long wheelies. The 920 hangs directly on the gas and reacts promptly to gas commands – a very lively drive. And a robust one too. The engine is mechanically present, especially from mid-speed. Acoustically, the Brutale acts in the best MV tradition. It growls, rattles, paws, sounds wonderfully angry.

In terms of long shift travel and load change behavior, however, it is also unmistakably brutal. Her manners could be a bit more polished here. The load changes are smoother in the rain mapping that has been reduced to just under 100 hp, without the engine looking castrated.

Appropriate to the sporting demands of the brutal and the intended use, the stoppers also show themselves to be masters of the situation. The radial pliers grip firmly, but not too bitingly, and are easy to adjust even during hard braking maneuvers. Then, however, the Brutale could use a slip clutch to keep the occasional punching rear wheel in check. But apart from that, when joining the Brutale family, you don’t have to accept any compromises in terms of driving fun.

When the porter sees us on our return to the factory, his face brightens. How was our day? The answer was clear: tutto easy.



  • Uniform performance with a powerful center
  • Chassis handy, neutral
  • Processing on a respectable level
  • Sound earthy


  • Transmission requires long shift travel
  • Throttle response is lively and very direct, but load change reactions could be softer
  • Rearview mirrors, although improved, could offer a little more consideration

Technical specifications

Like her big sisters, this brutal looks gorgeous too.

Water-cooled four-cylinder four-stroke in-line engine, 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 40:15.
Bore x stroke 73.0 x 55.0 mm
Displacement 921 cc
Compression ratio 13.0: 1
rated capacity 96.0 kW (131 hp) at 10500 rpm
Max. Torque 95 Nm at 8100 rpm

landing gear:
Steel tubular frame, 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 and rebound damping, double disc brake at the front, Ø 310 mm, four-piston fixed calipers, disc brake at the rear, Ø 210 mm, four-piston fixed caliper.
Cast aluminum wheels 3.50 x 17; 6.00 x 17
Tires 120/70 ZR 17; 180/55 ZR 17

Mass and weight:
Wheelbase 1430 mm, steering head angle 65.0 degrees, caster 104 mm, spring travel v / h 1250/120 mm, seat height 825 mm, dry weight 190 kg, tank capacity 23.0 liters.
Guarantee: two years
Colours: White, anthracite
Price: 11990 euros

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