Is any­thing more than a hand­ful a waste? PB rides three mid-weight naked triples to dis­cover if ei­ther of them can truly re­place a sports­bike

Performance Bikes (UK) - - Contents - Words JOHN McAVOY Pho­tos JA­SON CRITCHELL

MV Agusta’s Bru­tale 800RR meets stern three- cylin­der com­pe­ti­tion from Yamaha MT- 09 SP and Tri­umph Street Triple RS.

DO WE ALL re­ally need 190bhp on the road, or is it time to se­ri­ously con­sider the very real at­trac­tion of a naked bike that packs enough power for back-roads dick­headed-ness, al­lied to han­dling and elec­tronic aids more than ad­e­quate to pre­vent a trip to ca­su­alty? Each of our trio of triples packs the power of a 1998 Yamaha YZF-R1 – and that seemed like more than enough back in the day. The fair­ing-less Tri­umph Street Triple 765RS, MV Agusta Bru­tale 800RR and Yamaha MT-09 SP will all man­age 150mph, 11-sec­ond stand­ing-quar­ters and are bristling with tech that we couldn’t have imag­ined 10 years ago, let alone 20 years ago.

In re­sponse to Yamaha spruc­ing up their MT-09 for 2018, and MV Agusta pro­duc­ing the Bru­tale 800RR in sig­nif­i­cant num­bers again now that their lat­est fi­nan­cial ‘is­sues’ ap­pear to be be­hind them, we de­cided to take them and the cur­rent boss of the class for a cross-coun­try thrash...

Tri­umph Street Triple 765 RS Britain’s big­ger-bore back-roads naked has a crown to de­fend. MV Agusta Bru­tale 800RR Italy’s new­est, and classi­est, as­sault on the mid­dleweight class. Yamaha MT-09 SP Great value, run­away sales suc­cess, Ja­pa­nese triple.

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