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The updated version of this simple, yet muscular looking street naked was first seen at EICMA 2016. Changes to the styling are subtle and the Brutale 800 does look much smoother overall. It gets a slightly redesigned version of its trapezoidal tank, a new LED headlight with a newly designed cowl, revised fenders, and a new tail section (including the subframe).
Other minor changes include the double saddle, concealed passenger grab rails, a new handlebar and the addition of the clutch pump. There’s also an updated instrument panel, along with switchgear and handlebar buttons. The signature three-pipe exhaust is slightly larger now and has been redesigned. It produces a minutely stronger exhaust note now.
The bike is powered by a 798cc, in-line three-cylinder engine. Power, however, is down to 110hp from the earlier model’s 123hp; but it’s not something you’ll really notice. There’s a bump in torque to 83Nm, with 90 percent of that available from as low as 3,800rpm.
This bike also features a new electronics package. There are four power modes – Rain, Normal, Sport and a Custom setting. It’s also got an eight-level traction control system with switchable and adjustable ABS. There is major improvement as far as refinement is concerned but the throttle is still a little glitchy at low revs in Normal power mode.
From the saddle
While the New Bike is more manageable now, it still maintains its aggressive nature. Twist the throttle and the front wheel will lift itself in the higher revs in first and second gear, quite like the older bike. This bike also comes with a quick shifter for up and down shifts, which is also switchable and works very nicely. It helps keep your clutch hand free. The clutch lever, however, felt relatively light while riding on the country roads that are relatively empty. The bike’s wheelbase is now 20mm longer and is now 1,400mm, while the trail has been extended from 95mm to 103.5mm.
This is a bike that comes alive when you push it hard. Handling is tight, and the bike feels nimble and quick on its toes. It tends to feel a little too vague to be completely confidence inspiring though; so, spend some time understanding how the bike reacts before you try anything too rough. It’s fitted with new Pirelli Diablo Rosso 3 tyres that are grippy. Stopping power from the radially mounted, twin 320mm floating Brembo brakes at the front and 220mm one at the rear is good. And though the bike's setup on the 43mm front forks and monoshock at the rear worked well on Italian roads the company will look to stiffen this setup to have a harsher ride over our poor roads.
Is it worth the money?
The new Brutale 800 stays true to its status as an Italian exotic. It still retains its slightly temperamental nature, it's a whole lot of fun to ride, and is quite an involving Motorcycle at the same time. Yes, the sticker-price will be quite hefty, but for enthusiasts and MV purists alike, the bike's sure to be a delightful bike.
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