WE THREE KINGS
CONDITIONS for performance testing were damp, with no wind; air temp was 7°C, so launch grip was at a premium: the bikes found enough to get off the line, but braking tests proved futile with ABS intervention on damp concrete.
Peculiarly, no single bike dominated. The MT-09’s docile nature means it gets the leap off the mark, befitting its roady bias. The lightweight Triumph gets into its stride and ekes out a tenth over the quarter-mile, while the MV’s less than clean launch behaviour is still costing it. But despite being 10kg heavier and less powerful at peak than the Triumph, its gearing and longer rev range see it post the best speed.
The MT’s fifth/sixth-gear restrictions mean it only hits 129mph, artifically pegged to 40% throttle opening.
In a 50-80mph fourth-gear roll-on, the MV and Yamaha offer the best A-road overtake potential with their superior midrange. Despite the difference in price, attitude and power, they’re closely matched: the MT-09’s grunt keeps it in contention most of the time, the MV has the widest spread of useful go, and the 765 is the lightest/ most powerful, with obvious rewards.