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Have been lurking here a while; time to say hello... Hello everyone!!

It happened: 2012 1090RR is in the stable.:yo: MV bikes have piqued my interest for a while -- I'll admit I fell for the looks first ☺ -- but a chance to ride a nicely sorted one just had not presented itself until somewhat recently. Being a twins fan (Guzzi, Rotax Aprilias, airheads), I just never had any warm feeling towards various 4-cylinders I tried; they invariably left me uninterested. Visions of MV persisted, however, and last fall I came upon a showroom full of 'em, and rode the F3, F4, and both 1090R and 1090RR Brutales, all 2012 models. I enjoyed all of them but the Brutale I simply could not get out of my head. So much soul in this engine, the tone of it, blissful torque over the wide powerband, handling and ergonomics that felt perfect -- it was all just that: perfect... In the following months I routinely had dreams that featured -- prominently -- a red and silver 1090RR. I'd find myself attacking turns on endless new roads, stabbing the throttle and hearing the Ferrari-like bursts... and then the alarm would go off :(

So with the great deals I got from my -- very good -- local dealer on the 2012 models, I only had to agonize a little over whether to get the 1090R or the 1090RR -- a dilemma that many seem to have, looking at the recent threads. Rode both some more, and it was just obvious that the RR was unmatched in the level of sheer stupid-ass full-muzzle-grin excitement that it delivered, every single time I'd throw a leg over it and roll on the throttle. Plus with all the extras that came with it at a cost of only around $2500 more it was a no-brainer after all.

Like many, I love the look of the stock mufflers, so will only look to lose the cat along the road (sigh. no pun intended). Plus I have already been talking to Chris regarding a Microtec: definitely going that route in the near future. Alhough I have to say that the stock fueling is surprisingly good and smooth for a CA-emissions compliant bike with closed loop.

I normally do all the basic maintenance on my bikes myself but they are simpler and -- for the most part -- easier to work on, so with the Brute there'll be a learning curve. I have learned a ton lurking on this forum and look forward to learning more and hopefully meeting some of you in person some time.

My love for an aircooled V-twin isn't going anywhere, just as the twins themselves, but this machine is a delight, a song, an avalanche. I will post a picture or two in a separate post, as the first time I posted this introduction with the link, I got auto-banned ☹ Thanks to Donsy for sorting it out!
 

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Torque galore! I came from a Ducati and a Triumph 675 which both offered endless torque so I was a little skeptical about a four also. I wasn't disappointed at all. Pulls wheelies all day and puts a huge smile on my face. Congrats on the MV!
 

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It all sounds great. Interesting to hear about R vs RR. I'd like the better goodies on the RR but was worried about lower response at slower speeds that I read about.
I'll keep my 990r for a couple of years and then hopefully move to the RR. With a bit of luck all the bits I've bought for my Brutale will fit the newer model.
I'm not sure what tires come with the new model but the Rosso 1s that came with mine sucked. My new Bridgestone S20s are incomparably better.
Welcome to the club. Be careful out there.
Jon
 

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Awesome! Same year/model/paint just paid for. Can't wait to pick it up! Got a nice 800 mile ride home to get to know her :)
 
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