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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-03-2010, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
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My Brutale Has Been Transformed - Sophia Lives!

A very big thanks to Doug and Rory, master technicians at Matison Motorsports, an authorized MV Agusta dealer in Raleigh, NC.

I brought my recently purchased 2006 Brutale 910s to them almost two weeks ago. My problems have been documented in earlier posts, but includes the usual: (1) stalling - especially when rapidly decelerating, or letting the RPMs fall quickly, happened in all gears - not a lot of fun at 60+ MPH on the highway; (2) engine surging - couldn't hold idle - ran up to 2K RPMs, down to 700, and back repeatedly, nothing I could do to stop it; (3) throttle was a mess - either on or off, no fine control at all - made slow speed control nearly impossible; (4) suspension - not properly setup, not the bike's fault, but I don't have the skill to fix it myself; (5) lots of electronic gremlins - headlight burns very brightly, then almost turns off, coupled with the surging idle the headlight was nearly useless.

So I left Sophia in their hands and asked for it back when it was ready. They have a shop full of bikes, and everyone wants their bike bike yesterday. They addressed all the problems systematically, calling MV Agusta directly to work out each problem.

Well, I just got Sophia back and she's a completely different bike. No exaggeration - the newly serviced bike is light years different from what I left with them. The throttle bodies were out of sync - badly so. The surging, power problems, stalling all related to this basic issue. For those of you who suspect an electronic problem, that may be the case, but the team at Matison fixed all of my running problems with proper, and repeated fine tuning, adjustments to throttle synch and throttle controls. My formerly on/off throttle now has actual control over the entire range. They changed/adjusted spring tension, fine tuned the settings and spent a lot of time doing it right. Amazing difference. Rory also installed factory bar ends that the prior owner has removed. I didn't realize the difference that such a small change can make, but the tingle in my hands/arms is completely gone after an hour ride. That's not insignificant for a guy who has had five surgeries on his shoulders/arms over the last three years.

The engine is now rock steady at 1200 RPMs. From startup to 210 degrees on the meter it didn't vary a bit. Not only that but from high speed runs (9K to redline on the tach) the bike didn't sputter, cough or threaten to stall at all. Not once. No more headlights glowing overly bright, or nearly dead - just a steady headlight all the time. I suspected my battery was the issue, and although it may not be perfect, the bike runs completely normally - again, the fine tuning of professional mechanics who know their trade is the difference.

Rory also adjusted my suspension - with me aboard in full riding gear. No rushing, just careful measurement and adjustment. Now I know what all those adjustments do. I'm not a suspension expert, and even though I setup the bike as suggested in the owner's manual, the difference between my settings and the pro settings is at another level altogether. Tire pressures matter - far more than I ever realized. Another night and day difference. No longer does the front end dip at every application of the brake. No more does the rear end want to throw me off the bike when I hit a small bump or dip on the road. Turning no longer requires massive force - just a combination of counter steering and good technique on the bars. Some of the things I learned in Keith Code's Superbike school now actually provide me with the control and enjoyment that I hoped to have when I first bought the Brutale.

Overall I'm amazed. I've owned lots of motorcycles in my nearly 40 years of riding, and I've always let the pros service my machines. Most of the time the incremental value that I got from the pros was noticed, but not life altering. That opinion changed today. Maybe it's because the Brutale has so much potential to begin with - maybe it's because the bike was setup for the prior owner and not well serviced since then. I don't know, but it doesn't matter. The team at Matison transformed Sophia from a bike that I admired for its beauty, to one that now captures me with a passion. The bike does all I ask of it, and has more capability than I do by a very wide margin. But now I have something that I can grow into, knowing that it will do all that I ask and more, instead of fearing that it will stall after every run up the tach.

Well done Doug and Rory - highly recommended for anyone looking to get their Brutale to run the way it was designed to. After the initial adjustments, I've been asked to ride it over the weekend, then return it to them for the final work - full fluid changes, fine tuning of the suspension, final check on the electronics/throttle, etc. Amazing service and care.

As another bonus I've met some of the local MV owners who have graciously invited me to join them for a ride tomorrow morning. Thank you guys - a great community right down the road from me, supported by trained mechanics who don't rest until everything runs right. What more can you ask for.

Pretty soon I'll get to sample the full range of what Sophia promises - quite an exciting prospect. As for my prior post - Buyers Remorse Big Time - consider that post history.

"When in doubt - hit the throttle, you'll either solve the problem or remove the suspense."
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You didn't need to spend $1300 on a new rear shock?

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Len - how spectacular !!

I'm sure that a number of us who were concerned about your initial experiencs can breath a significant sigh of relief in reading your latest scribe.

If you put the shoe on the other foot for a moment, you can see why we were alarmed at your experience with Sophia, not only should she look like a Goddess, but also perform with the deftness of sublime porn star !

I can just imagine the grin under your helmet within the first mile of getting back on her !!

....oh, and kudos to your patience my friend....we can all be a little guilty of trying to fix the problem quickly instead of corrrectly LOL


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That's really nice to hear - glad they sorted Sophia's issues out!

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Send a message via Skype™ to brutaleluke good to hear this; as I think everyone here who has been living with a Brute for a while had complete confidence you would end up in this place with Sophia. These are truly amazing bikes - and going through what you have been through will hopefully reinforce this for you! Enjoy the ride, and keep us updated!


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That is really good news!

Hopefully this new feel MV will let you see how great these bikes really are
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Kudos to Doug and Rory at Matison.

Matison doesn't stock any MVs on the showroom floor (??), but they can get parts and do proper service.

Ride safe....those boys from Raleigh are pretty quick.

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We have 4 new MVs on the showroom in Raleigh. A gray/silver F4, a red and silver F4, a white Brutale 990 and a red and silver Brutale 1090. The gray/silver F4 is a demo. It is quite fast. Ask me how I know?
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Very good to hear. I hope you really enjoy it now that she's all fixed up.

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