The Brutale is actually my favorite nekkked bike but for the money the FZ-09 is the clear winner in this one. Tossing aside the cost I'm going to have to give the edge to the Brutale because it is one great looking piece of machinery.
The Brutale is beautiful (got to sit on one last weekend) and has traction control, more horsepower and fully adjustable suspension. But the Fizzer makes more torque and has a more upright seating position. The issue for me (other than the price!) is the lack of dealers and unless you live in PA near Ferracci most of the dealers have NO clue about them, let alone stock any kinds of parts or accessories. Have you ever needed parts for an Italian bike? Hope you're not in a hurry! I do hope that the triple engine is a winner for MV and will allow them to expand in the US, but as of now I consider them to be a "exotic boutique" brand.
I agree with elf. Had a chance look at it close up at the Halifax Motorcycle show and it sure does look nice, but it's just not possible to be twice as good for the price. Hence my vote goes for the FZ-09. Btw. I wish Yamaha would have just called it MT-09 here just like in Europe and most other places. Would sure like to see ABS at least as a choice.
Shoot man, if we're doing funky comparos we have to throw the duc hypermotard in the mix. A few grand more gets you 3 ride modes, traction control, and ABS. If any of you attend MOTOGP or AMA races you'll definetely appreciate the ducati courtesy tent, and exclusive Duc parking. If you got the dollars the Ducati is the choice. Better dealer network too.