With the tagline “Motorcycle Art”, motorcycles from MV Agusta are very much works of artistry on two wheels. Despite the financial machinations that have beset the Italian manufacturer over the past year, MV Agusta has, indeed, been producing some rather remarkable bikes, such as the Zagato F4Z.

Taking things a step further, the Taiwanese distributor for MV Agusta commissioned Winston Yeh of custom builder Rough Crafts, to work his magic on a Brutale 800 RR. Bikeexif reported that Yeh said, “While looking at old pictures of vintage racing GPs, we saw these bikes with full dustbin fairings. I decided this was the biggest visual reference I wanted to put into the design.”

Drawing inspiration from racing motorcycles of the fifties, when MV Agusta was competing in the motorcycle Grand Prix, Yeh designed a “dustbin fairing”, reminiscent of the old school racers. Made out of carbon-fibre, the fairing started as a 1:1 scale 3D model, before being carved out of wood, which was then used as a mould by Lee Speed for the final product.

According to Yeh, the fairing can be dismantled and removed in minutes, with the headlight remaining in place, allowing the Ballistic Trident to be used on the road. The stock MV Agusta instrument panel has been relocated to the a custom-built housing by Shark Factory on the fuel tank, retaining all the stock Brutale’s functionality.

The six-spoke wheels, made by Wukawa Industry, very much resemble the racing wheels used by Grand Prix machines from the sixties and seventies. Racing slicks came from Pirelli Taiwan, and are the same items as used in the World Superbike Championship (WSBK).

Suspension for this custom Brutale comes from Ohlins, with FGR 800 forks in front, with the rear using an Ohlins TTX shock absorber. The brakes are Beringer four-piston, radial-mount items, with Beringer discs carried in custom machined rotors that match the Wukawa wheels.


Custom design touches include the custom-machined AEM Factory kit, which is finished in black and gold, matching the Ballistic Trident’s overall paint scheme. The crowning touch is the HP Corse exhaust, which is designed for the Brutale 800 RR, and is one of the first to enter the open market.

Other design touches include the HeChun custom seat, sheetmetal work by OneCustomMade and titanium bolts throughout. No word from Yen about the build time or pricing, but looking at the level of work, we assume such craftsmanship does not come cheap.