MV Agusta has been keeping themselves busy after launching its new Brutale 1000 just over a month ago and its limited edition Rush 1000 which also got a lot of press in the past few months. However, its latest update puts back the attention to its famed middleweight triples with the Brutale 800 and Dragster 800. The two bikes now get a new Smart Clutch System (SCS) as among its latest updates making its clutchless quick-shifting capabilities even better.
We had the occasion of spending some decent time with the Brutale 800, and its quickshifter is what Jinno Rufino aptly describes as a “gamechanger” for the bike. Now, the way the new SCS works for both the Brutale 800 and Dragster 800, its centrifugal clutch uses small wedges that slide in the expansion disk to engage or disengage the clutch depending on the speed of the bike.
The new system is based on a Rekulse clutch design, an after-market add-on that’s more commonly used for dirt-bikes or enduro motorcycles. It works hand in hand with the existing up and down quickshifter present on both bikes allowing the rider to change gears without the necessity of pulling the clutch lever. At the same time, it still allows the use of a conventional clutch if the rider desires.
Despite the SCS, shifting gears still feels natural to the rider as it still makes use of many conventional gearbox parts. This makes the new assembly easy to repair and service without too much of an increase in its price tag. The new models fitted with the new system will simply bear the SCS letters after its names.
Thus, the new Brutale 800 SCS and Dragster SCS will still be powered by its 798 cc triple-cylinder four-stroke engine that’s capable of churning out 110 hp at 11,500 RPM and 84 Nm of peak torque at 7,600 RPM. It still comes with a counter-rotating crankshaft mated to a six-speed gearbox. They both motorcycles are also equipped with premium Marzocchi forks and Sachs rear monoshocks for its damping duties. MV Agusta is exclusively distributed by Motostrada in the Philippines with the Brutale 800 SCS priced at P1,400,000 and the Dragster 800 SCS priced at P1,500,000.