MV Agusta Brutale 1090R vs. Triumph Speed Triple R | Jailbait

MC Comparison

By Ari Henning, Photography by Kevin Wing

Zack Courts
Associate Editor
Age: 29
Height: 6'2”
Weight: 185 lbs.
Inseam: 34 in.

If I were allowed only one bike in my garage, the Speed Triple R would be near the top of the list. It's powerful, all-day comfortable, and dripping with high-end components that make it nimble and supremely compliant on any road. The MV is Brutal(e) in every sense of the word. It's less comfortable than the Triumph, the dash is almost impossible to use, and when a piece of bodywork fell off during testing nobody was surprised. But oh, that motor. The rush of power and willingness to wheelie is the best kind of absurd, and it only took one freeway on-ramp to be addicted. In the end, I'm not quite old enough to know better; Brutale me!

Ari Henning
Road Test Editor
Age: 27
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 177 lbs.
Inseam: 33 in.

These are my kind of motorcycles. They’ve got great ergos, killer looks, and gobs of horsepower. The Brutale can drain your adrenal glands with one twist of the right grip, but just like a sugar rush, it’ll leave you feeling burnt out. For the real world, I’d pick the Speed Triple R. The Triumph does nothing but please. It’s utilitarian and refined, and up for any kind of road riding you’re into. Triumph is on a roll. With the Daytona R, Speed Triple R, and now the Explorer, you can have an all-Triumph garage and have all your bases covered. I’m keen to spend more time on the Speed Triple R. Maybe as my next long-termer?

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