NAKED TRIPLES TEST
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
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.