The Exclusive Italian Naked Sport Gets Upgraded
MV Agusta just pulled the wraps off their updated exclusive RUSH 1000 for 2021, with styling cues and performance upgrades over last year’s debut of the bike. First revealed as a limited edition 2020 model, the 2021 Rush offers the same 998cc inline four powerplant in the tubular trellis frame that their Brutale 1000RR rolls with, but sports a rounded LED headlight, trimmed and reshaped tail section, and a cool rear disc wheel, among many other improvements. Each bike will be sold with a numbered certificate of authenticity as well.
The Rush 1000 boasts a power output of 208 hp at 13,000 rpm on a compression ratio of 13:4.1, 86 ft lbs at 11,000 rpm, and a bore/stroke of 3.1 in x 2.0 in. With a dry weight of 410 lbs (420-425 wet?), MV Agusta claims the bike will top out just over 186 mph on the speedo. MVA adjusted the camshaft timing on the Rush to improve torque in the low and mid range, tweaked the 6-speed gearbox and improved the quickshifter for more pin-point up and downshifting. This is a beast of a naked sport.
We love the trellis frame the Rush is held together in, as we did on the Superveloce we rode recently. The Rush glides on an improved Ohlins suspension according to their website specs and scrubs off speed and power via top-of-the-line Brembo brakes, a pair of 320mm discs with steel-braided brake lines up front and a single 220mm disc, two-caliper in the back. Overall wheelbase is 55.71 in, the seat height is a somewhat tall 33.27 in, and tank holds 4.23 US gallons. That’s a good capacity.
The electronics game with the Rush is state-of-the-art as well with a redesigned 5.5 in. TFT display, and sporting MV Agusta’s fantastic traction and launch control, spot-on ABS with a cornering function, rear wheel lift mitigation and of course, cruise control, among an array of other fully integrated features. As with nearly every other brand and bike offered today, MVA has a downloadable app to set/adjust all the electronics, called “My MV”.
The Rush 1000 comes in a two-tone light/dark army grey matte finish, supposedly in homage to the brand’s early 1900s military aircraft roots and post-WWII early motorbike years. We think the styling of the Rush is absolutely outstanding. Offered with a “Racing Kit” as well, also in keeping with MV Agusta’s rich racing pedigree, the Rush 1000 race upgrades pack comes with a dash cover, competition clutch and brake levers with protectors, what appears to be a streamlined replacement cover for the already minuscule passenger pillion, race-spec front brake rotors, and super-hot, Tre 500-looking SC-Project black exhaust pipes. With an ECU map for the track, the Rush 1000 in race kit will churn out 212 hp at 13,600 rpm. And all of this comes with the Rush when you purchase one, being a limited edition bike to begin with.
These are just a few of the offerings that come with this very limited-edition motorcycle. There’s a plethora of data on the Rush at their site, which we have linked below. Of course, all of this comes at a price. A rather steep price at that- $40,600 USD, to be exact. That is, if you can get your hands on one. There will only be 300 produced this year. They may already be all spoken for. But if you can procure one, MV Agusta will also send it with extra LED turn and brake lights and a nice MV Agusta bike cover, among other perks. It’s a lot of money, but it’s a lot of bike. For those that can afford it, this looks to be quite the beast of a machine. We’re sure they will move fast, literally and figuratively.
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*All photos and info from MV Agusta Motorcycles