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MV Agusta takes the ultra naked concept to an extreme with Rush. Created as a limited edition of just 300, this unique and exclusive bike raises the bar in terms of design and performance. Never has a naked boasted such an elevated style and finish. For 2021, Rush gets a number of updates that make it even sportier but also safer to use on the road. This bike is unrivalled on the market and comes with an equally exclusive kit to further heighten its performance and aesthetics.

A rival for the Ducati Streetfighter V4, Cycle World calls the MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RR a “superbly refined naked superbike.” That appellation seems appropriate given the bike’s 208-hp 998cc inline-four engine.

Not to mention the 2021 Brutale’s slew of tech features, including a semi-active steering damper and suspension. Still, MV Agusta wanted to push the capabilities of the Brutale 1000 RR even further. So, when it updated the naked superbike for 2020, it also released the Rush 1000, Cycle World reports. Unfortunately for riders, the Italian brand only made 300 examples. A low-angle front 3/4 view of a black-and-green 2021 MV Agusta Rush 1000 on black gravel 2021 MV Agusta Rush 1000 front 3/4 | MV Agusta

But if you missed your shot at getting one, you now have a second chance. Because the MV Agusta Rush 1000 is back for 2021. And it’s been subtly tweaked in several places. As before, the 2021 MV Agusta Rush 1000 is based on the Brutale 1000 RR chassis and powertrain, Motorcyclist reports. That means a 998cc liquid-cooled inline-four engine rated at 208 hp and 86 lb-ft of torque and a chromoly steel trellis frame.

And just like the Brutale, the Rush 1000 has semi-active fully-adjustable Ohlins suspension, carbon-fiber bodywork, and ABS-equipped Brembo Stylema brakes. However, the MV Agusta Rush 1000 isn’t identical to the Brutale 1000 RR. The inline-four engine has different cam timing for more low-to-mid-range torque, as well as stouter and lower-friction valve guides, RideApart reports. And it’s Euro5-emissions compliant. Plus, the six-speed transmission has stronger internals and a reprogrammed electronic quickshifter.

MV Agusta also recalibrated the Ohlins suspension’s software. Considering Bennetts noted the Brutale’s ride quality was a bit, well, brutal, the recalibration may have resolved that issue. Based on MCN’s impression of the 2020 Rush 1000, that seems to be the case. What else comes with the limited-edition naked bike? The rear view of a black-and-green 2021 MV Agusta Rush 1000 2021 MV Agusta Rush 1000 rear.

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