Take an old three-wheeler and lop off one of those big balloon tires in the back and you've got the basic concept of the Brutus (not to be confused with the electric-powered, US-built Brutus). But there's more to this bad bike than bloated, knobby tires.

Designed by Alessandro Tartarini, son of the founder of Italian motorcycle-maker Italjet, the Brutus is powered by a 750cc, single cylinder, 4-stroke with claimed output of 45 horsepower. It's coupled to a CVT with optional reverse and low gears. Those components are mounted to a beefy high-strentgh steel chassis riding on 14-inch aluminum wheels. Those tires are Maxxis Bighorn ATV tires, designed to tackle sand, dirt and rocks. The front tire is 6-inches wide and the rear 7.5-inches. Despite the aggressive tread front and back, the bike is rear-wheel drive only (unlike the much older Rokon, which is similar in appearance and two-wheel-drive).

The bike is expected on the market in early 2013 and may offer an optional sidecar and snow treads, a photo of which is in our gallery.


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      Jim Lowe
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think I want it. Not sure where I would ride it, but, I think I want it.
      John
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just a modern version of the 50 year old Rokon Trail-Breaker, except that the trail breaker is a 2WD http://www.rokon.com/index.php?p=1_4_Trail-Breaker
      Boost Retard
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like a modern rendition of the Yamaha BW series from the 80's. What's old is new again!
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Walt
      • 2 Years Ago
      The snow conversion would interest me.
      IOMTT
      • 2 Years Ago
      That is a big thumper! 750cc single!
      Titanium Welders
      • 2 Years Ago
      Reminds me of the old Honda Fat Cat. That was a fun lil bike back when I was a kid. Can't imagine what a 750cc version of one would be like!
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not sure I've ever heard of a bigger thumper before. I miss my XR650R dearly.
      The Wasp
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm curious how fast it goes -- is this road-capable or meant purely for off-road, slow-speed use?
        The Wasp
        • 2 Years Ago
        @The Wasp
        Maybe I'm the only one -- I want this to ride on the street because it looks cool.
      KAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      That looks fun
      Dark Gnat
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nothing new about this. I believe the first ATV's were basically slow bikes with wide tires.
      Rich
      • 2 Years Ago
      Remember the mid-80s and ATC's... remember thinking it was a good idea to convert them... yeah, damn teenagers got a hold of the controls again.
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