Dear Mr Deadllhead,
Thanks for your comments - you can read the full test in the paper and see how we came to our conclusion and why the MV came out the way it did (check out the Brutale’s up and down torque curve).
The MV isn’t actually lighter. They quote dry figures and the others are wet. We weighed an F3 675 recently – the claimed weight is 173kg and the actual, fully-fuelled figure is 198.5kg. The Brutale is 6kg lighter, so you’re actually looking at around 192kg. The Triumph is 182kg wet, the Yamaha 188kg…
But weight was never the problem. Yes, we changed the MV’s modes along the way and the fuelling was still bad, the bike tied itself in knots when pushed hard and it’s hard to wheelie because the power is too aggressive.
The bike was ridden all the way through the test, except at the beginning when it had a flat battery, and the other riders’ opinions are all in the paper, too.
We’ve got no agenda with any manufacturer and MCN is confident enough to tell it how it is. We treat every bike the same: we test them, give our honest opinions and that’s the end of it. I’m sorry you don’t agree, but if you rode the bike we did, I think you’d change your mind.
Michael Neeves, Senior Road Tester, MCN.