Yep it is an S2R 1000. My screen name is from a few years ago when I had a Desmoquattro S4R. The Brutale is a LOT more powerful than the S2R1K. It also makes it's power above 6k rpm where the Ducati is getting close to it's limiter. The Brutale gets really hot riding around town though and it's very cramped. The throttle is also a lot more snatchy when going on/off throttle. For stop and go or normal city riding I much prefer the air cooled Monster to be honest... but the Brutale is a beast. If you have some good twisty roads with some nice straights it is scary fast.
Looks are subjective but I think the Brutale is the 2nd best looking bike on the market... the 1st being the F4. The craftmanship on MV's is second to none. Even the welds on the swingarm look artfully crafted. The MV makes the Ducati feel "ordinary" when you're riding it. I love both bikes though and they are great for different reasons. I've always been a Duc fan and the air cooled desmodromic L-twin rumble with the full Arrow exhaust is one of the most pleasing sounds to my ears.
It was a shame that the local dealer stopped carrying them. Their slogan "Moving Art" is dead-on, like you said, all the details are beautifully crafted and designed.
If Ducati is like "Ferrari," then MV is like "Maserati"--the best looking machines on the planet.
I agree it's just that it takes a few hours to get out there :/ Galena is nice, did it on my RC51 last time with my wife pacing me on her Savage.
Gonna try out Starved Rock after work tomorrow maybe... It's been a while since I've been that way.
Cook/Dupage is boring