Performance Bikes (UK) - - Race Legend -

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.

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