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Hi to All -

I'm old enough to have an AARP card for many years, and as I look into the unknown future, I'm considering getting a Brutale.

I've ridden motorcycles on and off for nearly 40 years. I've owned many bikes and many brands, and my favorites have a certain "soul" to them. I loved my Moto Guzzi, knowing full well that there were lots of issues with the bike, but the character and the exhaust tone overcame everything.

I've owned a Ducati Monster and had the transmission lock up on me on the ride home from the dealer. Other problems soon followed and as much as I love the brand, it was never fully happy with the bikes.

So now, after selling my Harley Davidson Street Rod (don't knock it unless you've tried it - best handling Harley ever and the drive train is designed by Porsche) which had problems of its own (front forks couldn't be properly torqued because of a design problem, too vague feeling to ride hard) I've found a lightly used local 910S and I'm getting hooked.

So, finally, the question. I've taken lots of riding classes (including Keith Code's Superbike School - highly recommended) and I'm wondering if the Brutale is too much of a "wheelie monster" for me to enjoy it as MV Agusta intended it to be driven. I'm about 5'7" and 30 pounds heavier than I should be.

I love everything about the MV Agusta brand, but I'm concerned that my skills and age (back, rotator cuff and other surgeries over the years) will not live up to what's needed to enjoy the bike. I'm not a speed demon, love handling and leaning more than straight line acceleration, and value comfort (at least to a degree). I think the Brutale will be a far more comfortable mount than the F4, and the need for the highest horsepower, latest version bike isn't important to me. The local seller seems to have taken care of the bike and the dealer is not too far from me.

So, should I take the plunge, and is there anything special that I should know about the Brutale? Your comment are welcome.
 

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Is there anything special about a Brutale? Everything is special! Why else own one?

Bike 2010 Vintage. Rider 1945 Vintage.

Are there any other questions?

Dick
 

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I'm 5'7", 70kg, and have back problems too (rotated pelvis + slipped disc) - the Brutale is very comfortable for me and doesn't agravate any issues.

As to whether or not it's a 'wheelie monster' is up to your right hand. Brutales behave if ridden properly and your experience suggests that you will have no troubles. Note it will be significantly more racey than your Monster (let alone the Moto Guzzi and Street Rod).

Anyway. Regardless of any advice you'll get from this thread - you'll need to ride the bike to make the decision yourself. Good luck.
 

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My Hypermotard wheelies much easier than the Brute, but the Brute does make you feel that you got shot out of a cannon at times...in other words, yes get one or you will always regret it. It is my favorite bike.
 

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No question get one, a brutale is a bike I and many other others aspired to...IT'S AN MV AGUSTA after all and having many bikes during over 33 years riding it's the most special bike I've owned. You appear to have the necessary experience to enjoy one...no doubt it'll be a culture shock to anything you've had before though. If possible get a test ride and see what you think, treat it with respect, get to know it, relax and enjoy the ride, ride well within your ability, don't allow yourself to be intimidated but be in control and no doubt you'll be seduced like many by the beautiful firey Italian.
 

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Hey...I haven't given up my AARP card.....get it!!!
 

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all i can say is well racasey said it all get the brut you will never regret it if you dont you will always regret it
 

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Thanks to all for the replies - I'm trying to work out something with the seller. Unfortunately he knows the value of his machine and isn't very flexible. I have very little knowledge about MV Agusta pricing and drooling on the seller's bike doesn't do much for my bargaining power.
 

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And what does the seller estimate the value of his bike to be?

If it is cheap enough, perhaps there is no need to bargain.

Have you researched prices on bikes sold, not just asking prices?
 

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The seller is asking $9K for a 2006 910S with 2K miles on it. Dealer knows the bike, says it's very clean and maybe a bit high.

I've checked on EBAY and not many bikes are selling, and many bids are ridiculously low $4-5K. Only a highly motivated seller would accept such low bids.

Dealer said he'd easily pay $6K and would probably resell it for $8K or maybe a bit more or less. We'll see what the seller says.
 

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I agree with your dealer.

You can get a 2007 910R for around $9000. I would subtract $2000 for the S.

Good luck with it, and my apologies about the price if the seller is a forum member.
 

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Should we tell him about the 'chick magnet' status of owning a Brutie, or let him find out on his own?
 

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Thanks again for the info. I thought it was a bit overpriced, but I'm trying to justify paying the price anyway. Seems like most people think $7,000 to $7,500 is about right, but the seller isn't willing to go there. Still holding near $9K, but I'm pretty sure $8,000 or so will change his mind. Still too high?

About the chick magnet attributes of the MV Agusta, thanks for the reminder. We AARP guys tend to have faulty memories. For what it's worth, I remain happily married to my high school sweetheart, after nearly 40 years. I thought she was the right gal for me, but what convinced me was when she told me to take some of the money from the wedding gifts and buy a motorcycle "cause I know you want one". My first bike was a Yamaha RD350 bought new in 1972, six weeks after we married. On my first ride I almost wheelied myself off the back of the bike. She smiled that magic smile, and every day I rush home to see it again.
 

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she told me to take some of the money from the wedding gifts and buy a motorcycle "cause I know you want one". My first bike was a Yamaha RD350 bought new in 1972, six weeks after we married. On my first ride I almost wheelied myself off the back of the bike. She smiled that magic smile, and every day I rush home to see it again.
Smart man....and lucky....buy the Brutale. You will not be disappointed.

And it is a buyer's market right now.
 

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Still holding near $9K, but I'm pretty sure $8,000 or so will change his mind. Still too high?
It's worth what you're willing to pay.

Once you own the bike you're going to forget $500 - whether you got it for less or more.
 

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Lencap I knew you'd be smitten ...you'll soon have another reason to rush home now!. Remember though unlike your wife who is unique this isn't the 'only' brutale in the world and this guy is asking top dollar...does he want to sell more than you want to buy? Whatever you do an MV is in your heart now and you'll get one. Brian. PS. Beautiful thing you said about your wife ...you're a blessed man!...life is good.
 

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American Association of Retired Persons. An anti gun, left wing advocacy group.

You automatically get one in the mail when you turn 50.

I've torn up several of them.
 
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