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Taming the Brutale...

A year or so ago, in my usual daily perusal of Craigslist San Francisco, I came across something unexpected: an orange Brutale.

I love Italian bikes, have owned a few including a series of Ducatis (still have 2) and a Guzzi. But I'd never really given MVs much thought. They're beautiful, but I prefer twins, and the "motorcycle art" ethic always felt a bit contrived. To me, they seemed more like trophies than motorcycles.

But this Brutale was something else. Orange is my favorite color, and with a black frame and wheels, bar end mirrors, and a stubby Arrow pipe, it looked like it had thrown off it's jacket, removed it's tie, rolled up it's sleeves, and was ready for a brawl.

I stared at the ad for awhile, then called the number and made an appointment to see the bike in San Francisco....

(to be continued)
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It's an S, and I bought it a year ago, but would like to share the story and the journey since...
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This is going to be a good read. Next instalment please. 'Taming a brutale' sounds like an oxymoron...
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So as daylight faded and dusk descended, the owner rolled up the garage in a busy neighborhood in San Francisco. I got my first glimpse of the orange Italian machine.

In the poor light of a single overhead bulb I walked around the bike, inspecting the paint (good, but not perfect), the chain (fine), the headlight, the brakes, tires and wheels.

The aftermarket brake and clutch levers were gold, not black or orange. The left rear seat faring had a quarter-sized scuff, and there was a nick on the left tank "wing."

"What happened here?" I asked.

"It was knocked over on a city street."

"Where are the stock mirrors?" I inquired, noting the single lane-splitter on the left bar end.

"Maybe in that box of parts over there...no, I don't have them anymore."

"Is that a full Arrow exhaust?" was my next question.

"Yes, but I don't have the baffle or the stock exhaust anymore."

"Corbin I see, do you have the stock seat?"

"No."

Probing further: "Those Rizomas are neat, do you have the stock front blinkers?"

"No, and I don't have the rear ones either, now that the signals have been integrated with the tail lights."

Time to get serious: "Are you the original owner? Do you have service records?"

"Yes. It only has 5k miles, so it's needed little service. I may have the papers somewhere, but you can call Munroe too."

"Can I start it?"

"Sure."

The bike fired up immediately, the unbaffled Arrow singing a loud, glorious version of the radial MV song. Nearly deafening in the small garage, the high notes mixed with the lower undertone, harmonics creating a mechanical symphony.

It was then I knew I was in trouble. The beautiful lines, the amazing sound, the quality craftsmanship, the stunning color. It was rough around the edges, had been a little bit abused. It was a "rescue" bike, a rare breed turned scrapper that had been subjected to the tough city streets. And it needed a new home.

Still, best not to be hasty.

"I brought my helmet, can I take it for a ride?"


(to be continued)
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""Can I start it?"

"Sure."

The bike fired up immediately, the unbaffled Arrow singing a loud, glorious version of the radial MV song. Nearly deafening in the small garage, the high notes mixed with the lower undertone, harmonics creating a mechanical symphony.

It was then I knew I was in trouble."

We've all been there!

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If you don't want to own a Brutale, then don't start it and definitely do not take one for a test ride!!!
Too bloody addictive, but we love it!!!
The orange is a great colour.
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I love my orange Brutale too! Being a dedicated Ducatista, she had to be very special to ween me away from a dry clutch clatter.

The most common question and offer of answer I get is "Why did MV paint it orange?" I just thought why not? A few people have told me since Harley Davidson "married" MV in 2008, this somewhat Harley Davidson orange color was used to "celebrate" the event?

BTW, I believe the frame is actually a very dark cooper color not black. (same as the brake calipers) At least my bike seems to be. It is actually metallic and definitely not black. I'm think of getting my forged Marchesinis powder coated to match.


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post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-16-2013, 08:00 AM
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Iwas told that MV only brought 25 of the orange Brutales into the US. It is a very rare bike.
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