Tim O'Brien | Dec 27, 2008

Taken a bit of collateral damage from the 'season's festivities' friends?

Perhaps it might do to schedule a break in proceedings to give the liver, the kidneys, the pancreas, and quite possibly the spleen and other abused internal organs a bit of a rest. At least for half an hour.

So, those of you not already ministering to a perfectly rooted back after throwing down a few too many of your famous wrong'uns and googlies during the family 'boxing day test' (some alcohol-induced enthusiasm at work here), you might like to step around a few of the comatose and find a comfy chair for a spot of what the more medically inclined might refer to as 'organ regeneration'.

Of course, others might call it "sleepin' off the piss" – whatever, we all need a bit of quality horizontal time.

(See if you can fit this in between wondering which member of the family you might have to blow-up one day, if not for their own good, for the relief of everyone else.)

Now, while you're there, MV Agusta might have something for you to elevate your thoughts away from the travails of the 'here and now' – and they're all over you like a rash at the moment - and into that other 'happy place'.

Australian MV Agusta distributors, the Paul Feeney Group, have announced the arrival of the MV Agusta Brutale 1078 RR and 989 R in Australia. (Just in time for the post-yuletide sales friends.)

The top of the range 1078 RR, with a new four cylinder engine based on the racing F4 RR 312, is, according to MV Agusta, the "utmost sport naked".

With over 150hp shoe-horned into the compact Brutale frame, it has the numbers to walk the talk. Peak power of 154hp arrives at 10,700 rpm while peak torque of 117 Nm (86.2 ft/lb) is available from 8,100 rpm.

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Helping to push it along to its maximum speed of 166.04mph (over 260km/h) is a longer final drive ratio (from 15/43 to 15/41), new 46 mm throttle bodies taken from the F4 1000 R, and a new larger exhaust catalyser. Keeping things on terra firma are Brembo brakes and 50mm Marzocchis.

Both models are available through the Australian MV Agusta dealer network. For the nearest MV Agusta dealer: visit www.mvagusta.com.au.

We're talking a degree of exclusivity here friends, this sort of sublime Italian style and engineering comes at a price.

To get one out the door involves the laying down of serious arm-loads of legal tender. The 1078 RR is priced at $29,900 RRP (plus Government theft and statutory charges) and available in black/graphite, red/silver and pearl white/black. The 989 R is $25,900 RRP (plus etc.) with colour options of red or silver.

And by the way, in case the news escaped you, Harley-Davidson now owns 100 percent of the Italian MV Agusta Group, which also includes Cagiva. The tidy little sum of 70 million euros ($108 million) crossed the Atlantic in August (or thereabouts) to complete the transaction. But don't go looking for an MV Hog anytime soon.

There, that will get your mind off that dicky back.