BUYING NEW ON PCP VERDICT ‘Even used, the MT still rules’
£111.76 £3295 JON URRY MCN GUEST TESTER
In 2013, MCN gave the MT-09 a slightly lukewarm reception due to its soft suspension and brutal throttle response – but we loved the triple- cylinder engine. Nowadays a used MT-09 still has the same slightly annoying quirks, but aftermarket specialists have developed cures that cost a fraction of the difference between a new MT and a used one. And many used bikes already have these upgrades fitted. In the
Price now from £5000 Engine liquid cooled, 847cc 12v inline triple Claimed power 112bhp @ 10,000rpm Claimed torque 64.5ftlb @ 8500rpm Electronics three power modes and optional ABS Suspension inverted front fork, adjustable for preload and rebound. Rear monoshock, adjustable preload and rebound damping Brakes 2 x 298mm front discs with four-piston radial monoblock calipers,
TRIUMPH STREET TRIPLE
Price now from £4600 Engine liquid cooled, 675cc 12v inline triple Claimed power 107bhp @ 11,700rpm Claimed torque 51ftlb @ 9100rpm Electronics ABS Frame twin-spar die-cast aluminium Suspension Kayaba 41mm upsidedown forks, non-adjustable. Kayaba monoshock, adjustable spring preload Brakes 2 x 310mm front discs with two-piston sliding calipers, 220mm rear disc with one-piston caliper
Price now from £5000 Engine liquid cooled, 806cc 16v inline
Claimed power 111bhp @ 10,200rpm Claimed torque 61.2ftlb @ 8000rpm Electronics optional ABS Frame steel tubular backbone Suspension 41mm inverted forks and monoshock, adjustable spring preload and rebound damping Brakes 2 x 310mm front petal discs with four-piston calipers, 250mm rear disc with one-piston caliper used market this means the MT continues to rule as it has a more engaging engine than the Kawasaki that also contains the missing grunt of the slightly revvy Triumph. The Z800 still impresses with its aggressive style, if not its motor, while the Street Triple remains the best handling. However, if you want a spirited machine with a stunning engine, roomy riding position and impressive handling, the Yamaha MT- 09 is still the one to buy.