Quick! Name an Italian naked bike, powered by an inline four, with lots of carbon fibre, and styling that mixes old and new quite nicely?
You could suggest the new-for-2020 MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RR, but you’d be wrong, partly because that’s a very modern take on the naked bike formula. So how about the MV Agusta Rush 1000? Unveiled today at EICMA, it’s an interesting remix of MV Agusta’s tech.
Check out these photos from Asphalt & Rubber below. That’s about all the information we have (we haven’t seen an official press release), but the pix are interesting indeed. As A&R points out, that headlight is inspired by the MV Agusta RVS #1, but to our eyes, it also looks a lot like another very classic naked bike: the Monster. Could the Rush be a roundabout tribute to one of the greatest Italian motorcycles ever made? They’d probably never admit to it, if that was the case. And you certainly couldn’t say it was a rip-off anyway, because those cool carbon-fibre wheel covers certainly never appeared on a Monster.
For what it’s worth, MV Agusta says this bike is inspired by drag racing, reports A&R. Uh, sure, just like the Dragster featured classic drag bike lines (rolls eyes expressively).