Street Triple R 675 vs Brutale 675
I took a look at the specifications of these bikes.
Firstly I chose the Triumph R model as it is about £7,600, so nearer to the Brutale's £8,300 (Probably about £8,700 on the road though).
Brutale = steel frame; Triumph = alloy beam frame from Daytona.
Brutale = standard production suspension, only pre-load adjustable. Whilst the Triumph has fully adjustable Kayaba suspension.
The Brutale has a wet weight of approximately 191Kg (21.6 litre fuel, 4 litre oil, 4 litres water + battery); which is slightly heavier than the Triumph.
The Brutale does indeed have more horsepower, approximately 3 more horsepower at 12,500 revs! Are you kidding?
The Triumph makes its 105 horsepower at about 11,700 - still too high if you have any mechanical sympathy but at least it isn't 12,500.
So in short here we have a bike that because it is Italian, is being punted as being far better than a bike that it is probably realistically no better than at all - and possibly inferior to in the real world of cost and Volvo drivers!!.
Good old Italian Motor Cycle News eh?
My suggestion is that you should test ride both or all three even; I mean if the Standard Street Triple is not that far behind the Brutale in practical terms, and like most of us you use your bike for just about everything but track-days - you could get an even better deal.