Adrian's MV Agusta Brutale 990R - Track Days
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I took my Brutale to an evening track day at Snetterton in May 2015. The weather had been appalling up to 2 pm
then the rain stopped. I rode 65 miles on drying roads to the track to check-in at 5pm. We had clear blue skies
with a strong wind. The one and only dark cloud promptly dumped a load more rain during the siting laps. The
sun and the wind managed to dry out the track during all 3 sessions. I then rode back with a hail storm and
heavy rain midway. It sure is great living in the UK!
I really enjoyed riding the Brutale round Snetterton, all my previous track days over the last 10 years have been
on my Triumph Tigers so this was my first ride with a light, fast bike with sport handling and brakes. I kept revs
down to 9,000 as the engine had only covered 1,200 miles. My MV had no trouble hanging with older R1's,
Blades and Gixer thousands. The Brutale's Brembo brakes are simply stunning. On the road I find the rear
brake totally under whelming but on a track with heavy use of the front brake the rear is perfect for slowing or
sliding the rear. Changes of direction are so easy compared to an adventure bike. When I happened on slower
riders I could cut inside, zip past, brake and tip into the next bend. Brilliant fun. I'm not convinced about the
standard Pirelli Diablo Corse tyres, they are so hard that they show few signs of bluing or tearing after hard
cornering on a track. I have since switch to Dunlop Sportsmart II's which are a huge improvement on the track
and on the road. I enjoyed a second trip to Snetterton in 27 July 2015, 2 dry sessions then it rained.
|Cadwell Park May 26 for my second Trackday evening session. This is a bit of a wimpy shot
as I crest the mountain in 3rd, later in the session I had the front wheel higher.
|In 2016 I took the Brutale to Snetterton and Rockingham.
The Brutale is now really flying and the Dunlop RoadSmart2's
were superb on both tracks. The MV has stunning brakes, I
could outbrake everything else and the bike will then tip in on
full lean with no loss of composure. What a bike, so easy
and safe to ride fast and everyone wants to chat and ask
what it is like to ride. Well pleased.