The frame configuration, which has characterised the 3-cylinder platform since its inception, features an ALS tubular steel load-bearing structure, supplemented by lightweight aluminium alloy plates. This combination forms part of the production flexibility concept which inspired the 3-cylinder project and consequently allows the design of specially-developed frames for each model without disrupting the underlying look or essence.
Note that this same set-up has characterised MV Agusta models since the launch of the astonishing F4: today’s 3-cylinder Italian-built MV Agusta bikes offer an even more highly evolved version of the concept. The front, tubular section employs a steel alloy with exceptional metallurgical qualities that, while extremely lightweight, provide outstanding torsional rigidity, especially in those areas most subject to stress, such as the steering head. The aluminium alloy plates close off the structure at the rear and act as the fulcrum for the single-sided swingarm.
A compact wheelbase of just 1,380 mm, identical to that of the Brutale 800, strikes a perfect balance, ensuring excellent handling and stability; the 95 mm trail boosts the already outstanding front end performance, making for enhanced ridability and bike control.
Another eye-catching feature perfectly in keeping with the Brutale 800 Dragster design ethos is the attention-grabbing Pirelli DIABLO Rosso II rear tyre with a width of 200 mm and a /50 aspect ratio.
The suspension system features fully adjustable units, allowing personalisation of compression and rebound settings, as well as providing a selection of spring pre-load options. The Ø 43 mm upside-down Marzocchi fork provides 125 mm of travel; the Sachs rear shock gives the single-sided swingarm – also in aluminium alloy – 125 mm of travel.
The 811 mm high seat has been redesigned to improve comfort and practicality and boasts a craftsman-like finish with stylishly stitched seams. Riders can also count on even more functional foot pegs and supports, and new heel guards which, just like the wheel rims, have been specially customised for the Dragster. Equipped with first class Brembo components, the braking system relies on a pair of Ø 320 mm floating front discs, equipped with 4-piston calipers (Ø 32 mm); the rear unit, instead, has a Ø 220 mm steel disc and mounts a 2-piston caliper (Ø 34 mm).