Our European correspondent, Tor Sagen, got a chance to ride the latest addition to MV Agusta’s lineup, the RR version of the Brutale Dragster 800. Easily recognizable by its wire-spoke wheels with prominent white rims, the RR’s 798cc three-cylinder motor boasts increased power over the standard Dragster, up almost 15 horsepower achieved via mods to its airbox, exhaust and EFI-mapping revisions, the latter which accommodates a second fuel injector for each cylinder. Torque gets a slight bump to 63 lb-ft., with its peak arriving way up at 10,100 rpm instead of the 8600-rpm peak of the base Dragster. The RR is also equipped with a quickshifter EAS system that allows for clutchless upshifts and downshifts, and is aided by a new slipper clutch. U.S. pricing has yet to be announced. Stay tuned for a full review of the MV Agusta Brutale Dragster 800 RR next week.

2015 MV Agusta Dragster 800 RR Officially Revealed + Video

The Dragster 800 RR is a bit of a ball cruncher. It’s hard, it’s fast and a bit unforgiving. The less-than-ideal route I traveled provided a challenging ride with what looked like earthquake-riddled tarmac. The lightweight (370 lbs dry, claimed) Dragster RR swapped between shaking my arms and threatening my family jewels. In other words, a true thrilling ride, and it’s a good thing the RR version has got a steering damper as standard equipment.


The RR has is the most impressive version yet of MV’s 798cc Triple. It jubilantly provides more torque throughout the range, making for a much more comfortable behavior around town. It also makes the ride-by-wire throttle obey the wheelie hand a lot more sensibly and with greater control. The Dragster is hence more manageable while still being hardcore like a racebike.

Look at the Dragster RR for shorter adrenaline-filled rides, but ignore it for longer commutes. It’s worth premium dollars because of its extensive electronics package and an all-new downshift quickshifter. (And it looks hot, too! -Ed.)


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  • Reid

    I still have no idea what the purpose of the Dragster or Rivale is when compared to the Brutale.

    • DickRuble

      You now get an idea why (exotic) motorcycle companies run in trouble financially.. they occasionally build awesome products, but management sometimes gets lost in variations that cost far more money to build than they bring in.

      • BTRDAYZ

        How much more can it cost MV to offer this Dragster RR, which is essentially a Brutale 675 with a longer stroke? Frame, engine case, swingarm are the same. Seating supports differ, but same anchor points. Electronic and power improvements will most likely migrate to the other Brutale/Rivale 800 variants. Brutale 675 spawned the Brutale 800, Dragster, Dragster RR and Rivale. I think the F3 also uses the same frame and motor combo. Trim, tuning and level of rear passenger comfort is all that separates them. That’s a pretty big bang for the R&D $$$ invested.

        • DickRuble

          “a Brutale 675 with a longer stroke”… sounds trivial yet there is so much more than just fitting a bigger motor in the same frame. Unless the motor was 800cc to begin with and sleeved to 675 (yamaha SR500 to SR400 style).. If there is no meaningful difference between the 800 and the Dragster, why offer both?

          • BTRDAYZ

            From an MV Brutale 800 press release:

            “With F3 675 and Brutale 675 the new Brutale 800 shares most of the components. and fundamental technical choices: first, the counter-rotating crankshaft, previously used only in MotoGP is able to offer the best balance while driving, reducing inertia when changing direction and thus increasing the manoeuvrability of the vehicle.”

            Again, this isn’t my assessment. The information comes from MV and various bike blogs. MV sells style as much as technology. Originally, I liked the Brutale 675/800. When the Dragster came out, although it is mostly the same bike, I preferred its styling. If I do not intend to ride with a passenger, I like the truncated seating area that further exposes the rear tire. I like the alloy clip-on bars, as opposed to the tubular bars on the Brutale.

            It can’t cost them much (if anything) to basically offer stylistic variations of the same bike, while perhaps appealing to a greater audience. Honda does the same with its GoldWing platform and CTX platform. Yamaha does the same with its FZ-09 platform. Kawasaki does the same with its Ninja/Versys 650 platform. So why is it an issue for MV to offer variants of the same platform?

          • pdad13

            It’s not an issue if the variant is aimed at a different segment of the market, like touring. I think the issue here is that the Dragster fills pretty much the same role as the Brutale. So now they’ve got two models vying for the same customer. It’s called cannibalizing your own market share.

            And there are still significant adninistrative, marketing and some development costs incurred by having an additional model.Then you’ve got to convince dealers they should stock both models when they’re likely asking the same question we are.

            MV’s product development strategy seems to be to throw as many triple-platform models into the market as possible and see what sticks.

            They might do better if they limited the number of models and made sure they were fully developed before releasing them.

          • BTRDAYZ

            I hear what you’re saying, but if MV is taking the same chassis and engine (with refinements that will be passed onto prior models), and simply bolting on different trim pieces (at a markup!), then they get to sell basically the same bike at a premium price. I really wouldn’t call that cannibalizing.

            Now, if they equipped the Brutale 800 in such a way that it handles better, weighs less, goes faster, looks better than a Brutale 1000, while pricing the 800 for thousands of dollars less, that would be a good example of product cannibalizing.


    This is the best example of a single sided swingarm bike yet. That spoked wheel at speed looks like it’s just rolling back there on it’s own, completely detached from the bike, and totally unobscured visually by pipes or footpegs. Simply beautiful!

  • CrashFroelich

    Ciao, bella ragazza. Balliamo.