BUY­ING NEW ON PCP VER­DICT ‘Even used, the MT still rules’

£111.76 £3295 JON URRY MCN GUEST TESTER

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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

YAMAHA MT-09

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

KAWASAKI Z800

Price now from £5000 En­gine liq­uid cooled, 806cc 16v in­line

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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.

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