Compact, light, has a short wheelbase and a 144bhp motor, the result? Adrenaline and fear! Both gush around the body as if you’ve been just told that you’ve few days to live. But, stay below 5000rpm on the Brutale 1090 and you’ll genuinely feel comfortable – thanks to the not-so aggressive riding position, wide handle bar and decently positioned footpegs. It’s easy to flick around the traffic, the bike makes you feel at home and is saner too. But go past 5000rpm, the Brutale 1090 shows its true colours and it’s not for the faint hearted. The bike demands to be ridden on just one wheel and this happens all the way till the third gear. The surge in power and torque as you twist the throttle helps the bike cross 130kmph with ease. This is possible, thanks to the Brutale 1090’s inline-four cylinder that churns out 144bhp at 10,300rpm and peak torque of 112Nm at 8100rpm. Try to redline this bike, chances are you’ll run out of safe tarmac but if you don’t, chances are you’ll come back with a grin on your face. The mid-range torque helps the bike cruise easily between 110kmph and 140kmph, if you can take the windblast that is. The gearbox is six-speed with slick shifts and it allows clutchless upshifting and downshifting, which is a boon for a motorcycle in this segment.
Coming to the handling bit, the Brutale 1090 is accurate as a bullet from a Carl Walther, thanks to the lightweight trellis frame and the dual 310mm discs in the front and 210mm disc at the rear. The bite is excellent, so is the feedback on the levers. And it gets anti-lock braking system (ABS) supplied by Bosch. And for those who love to lift the rear wheel – the sad news is this ABS system is equipped with rear wheel lift-up mitigation (RLM).