The new MV Brutale is a 205bhp, 187mph naked bike that will rip your head off*
You buy a naked bike because you want the thrills of a sportsbike but without bending over and showing the world your anal topiary. Because they sit you up in the wind, you tend to ride a lot more slowly than on a fully faired sportsbike – at least sub 100mph, anyway.
No one told MV Agusta, which has just revealed this: the MV Agusta Brutale 1000 Serie Oro. And it's instantly become the world's most powerful production naked bike (so far as I can work out), and probably the fastest too.
The headline numbers are 205bhp from its all-new four-cylinder, 1,000cc engine, and a claimed top speed of 187mph, which is just nuts – that's faster than many far-more aerodynamic sportsbikes, and surely a deeply unpleasant experience.
If 205bhp isn't quite enough you can put MV's official (but very un-road-legal) racing exhaust on to free up a total of 209bhp.
Bear in mind that the quoted dry weight is 186kg (or 184kg with the race exhaust) and it's probably fast enough to detach your head.
The MV also comes with the most modern electronics we've seen from the Italian manufacturer: you get wheelie control, launch control, lean-sensitive ABS and traction control, and a quickshifter and autoblipper.
MV's even claiming the bike's design generates downforce. All I know is that it looks and sounds bloody terrifying. And I'd quite like a go on one.