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Some say three is a crowd, but when it cornes to these three middleweight roadsters its the magic number (of cyiinders)


Most of us would love to spend our lives doing a million miles an hour on the latest, greatest erection inducing superbikes. That goes without saying. But on Her Maj’s highways there is only so much lunacy permitted which has steered a growing proportion of the litre bike fraternity towards slightly more sedate steeds.

At the other end of the motorcycling spectrum, the yoof of yesterday are now a day older and a day closer to trading in their CBR125s for something with a little bit more poke and a slightly stronger fanny magnet fitted as standard.

So with this in mind, we have assembled an international threesome of beauties that would’ve made even Hugh Hefner a little bit jealous. Representing our flamboyant friends in Italy, the all-newMV Agusta Brutale 800RR brings its stunning good lucks to the table. For the hooligans among us, all the way from the dark side of Japan, the also new for 2018 Yamaha MT-09 SP was likely to be on its baddest behaviour. And last, and by absolutely no means least, the Triumph Street Triple RS would be doing its level best to have us all singing Rule Britannia before sundown.

To put this trio of triples to the test, I enlisted the help of Mr Bean for a rip around some of our favourite local roads and sent Dangerous Bruce on a trackday (well, I thought he could do with the practice).

MV Agusta Brutale 800RR

Do you believe in love at first sight? No, well neither do I, but if I did, I’m pretty sure I would be getting down on one knee and asking the MV for its handlebar in marriage (I’m sure it’s legal to marry a bike in some states in the US). It really is a stone-cold stunner with its sharp lines, diamond-cut aluminium wheels and ‘organ-pipe’ silencers, so as soon as I saw this red and black (well, pearl shock red/metallic carbon black) beauty, I was desperate to get my leg over (no change there then) to see if the riding experience could live up to the MV’s delivishly good looks and whopping £13,490 price tag.

Aloft the MV, I felt as though I was perched right towards the front of the bike with quite a lot of weight going through my wrists and hands. I tried to shuffle around to make myself a little more comfortable but the strangely shaped seat wasn’t very obliging. My comfort levels were very quickly forgotten about when I fired the RR’s engine up, though. I never knew that a Euro 4 compliant bike in showroom trim could sound so menacing, but it can. The MV is I mean when you’re hunched over the RR’s ’bars in what doesn’t feel a million miles away from a ‘racing crouch’ the bike always seems to be looking for the next corner, and it’s ready to drop into it at a nanosecond’s notice – it’s great fun but this agility is really to the detriment of the bike’s stability and on our test it sometimes felt a little flightier than you might expect a bike that sounds as good as it looks, despite on the odd occasion the fuelling feeling a little less than perfect and hunting a bit at low revs.

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