2015 MV Agusta Brutale Dragster 800 RR – First Impressions

Tor Sagen
by Tor Sagen

The new RR version of the Dragster takes performance and style to new heights

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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  • BTRDAYZ BTRDAYZ on Oct 24, 2014

    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 CrashFroelich on Oct 25, 2014

    Ciao, bella ragazza. Balliamo.