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A sneak peek at MV Agusta's 2011 Brutale 675

Rumors surrounding the MV Agusta 675 F3 have been circulating for a while. Now, we also know that a Brutale version is in the works, too. This new three-cylinder machine has its sights set squarely on Triumph's Street Triple, which shares the same displacement.

According to a French dealer who claims to have seen the Brutale 675 at the factory, the new engine will be housed in a tubular-steel frame with aluminum side plates, just like its four-cylinder Brutale brethren. Styling is also said to be similar to the famous original Massimo Tamburini design, so the 675 will sport a single-sided swingarm. The headlight will still have the singular shape originally inspired by Salvador Dali and is one of the bike's trademark characteristics, just as Triumph's Speed/Street Triples are instantly recognizable by their dual-headlight setup. The 675cc Brutale will have an under-engine, MotoGP-style exhaust silencer in place of the big Brutale's twin side-mount mufflers.

Target for the Triple's output is rumored to be around 106 hp, which is on par with that of the Street Triple. Physically, the engine is said to be very small, allowing improved placement and packaging in the chassis, as well as reduced weight. Two versions of the bike are supposedly in the works, a standard model for approximately 8900 Euro ($11,500) and an R model with higher-spec suspension and brakes for around 10,990 Euro ($14,300). Both the Brutale 675 and 675 F3 are expected to debut at the Milan motorcycle show in November. —Jeff Robert

UPs & DOWNs

UP: To American Rally Ace Jonah Street, for dominating the eight-day Rally Mongolia. Street won four of seven stages in the 2300-mile event, becoming the first American to win the rally and one of two, including his teammate Mike Shirley, ever to race in the event. At the finish, Street and his borrowed Yamaha WR450F had a three-hour cushion over second place.

UP: To new MV Agusta owner Claudio Castiglioni, for buying his former company back from Harley-Davidson for the rumored symbolic price of $1! If true, this is the second time that Castiglioni has been able to pull off this financial feat. In the 1990s, he bought Cagiva back from the Malaysian Proton Group for the same rumored amount. H-D paid $75 million to Castiglioni for the company in 2008 and then invested in excess of $30 million. The trick will now be for Castiglioni to make the refurbished company profitable again before the treasure that H-D left behind vaporizes.

DOWN: To Kawasaki, for giving the cops a better mount with which to chase you! Kawasaki's new Concours 14 Police motorcycle is just the cruise missile that law enforcement needs to run down speeders. We have to say that we preferred knowing that The Man was mounted on old air-cooled KZ1 OOOPs. Looks to us that Team Green is playing both sides; how else can you explain the fact that they make the ZX-14, ZX-10R, Z1000, ZX-6R and civilian Cone 14 for us but make this rapid radar ship for "them!"

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