THE UPPER MIDDLE CLASS | MC COMPARO

Is There Magic Between 600 and 1,000cc?

By Aaron Frank, Photography by Kevin Wing

ERGOS

None of these bikes are all-day comfortable, but the Ducati genuinely surprised us with a soft seat and ample legroom. The MV has more measured legroom, but it doesn’t feel like it; maybe the rock-hard seat and engine heat distracted us. Like the MV and the Ducati, Triumph’s 675R has a slim waist. A comfortable seat helps, but low-slung, angled clip-ons feel severe on the street—good thing the suspension does such a fine job taking the edge off bumps. The RSV4 is the quintessential sport bike, with a committed riding position, a firm seat, and wide, low clip-ons. However, it fit all of our testers—from 5-foot-7 to 6-foot-2—remarkably well. Our only real complaint was engine heat thrown on our ankles, but that’ll happen with 163 horses on tap.

DYNO

No surprise here: the RSV4 rules the dyno chart. More cylinders and more displacement put the Aprilia in the lead across the board. Torque drops and power delivery levels off slightly be-yond 10,000 rpm, but you’d never know it from the saddle! Displacement helps the Panigale as well, but the Ducati doesn’t dish out power in typical V-twin fashion—the Superquadro engine feels soft down low then hits hard beyond 7,000 rpm. Both the triples plot beautifully smooth curves and the larger, 798cc MV edges out the 675R everywhere, but perfect fueling and appro-priate gearing let the Triumph punch way above its weight.

Tech SPEC

Tech Spec APRILIA RSV4 R   DUCATI 899 PANIGALE MV AGUSTA F3 800   TRIUMPH DAYTONA 675R  
Price $14,999 $14,995 $15,798 $13,499
Engine type l-c 65-deg. V-4 l-c 90-deg. V-twin l-c inline-triple l-c inline-triple
Valve train DOHC, 16v DOHC, 8v DOHC, 12v DOHC, 12v
Displacement 1000cc 898cc 798cc 675cc
Bore x stroke 78.0 x 52.3mm 100.0 x 57.2mm 79.0 x 54.3mm 76.0 x 49.6mm
Compression 13.0:1 12.5:1 13.3:1 13.0:1
Fuel system EFI, ride by wire EFI, ride by wire EFI, ride by wire EFI
Clutch Wet, multi-plate slipper Wet, multi-plate slipper Wet, multi-plate slipper Wet, multi-plate slipper
Transmission 6-speed 6-speed 6-speed 6-speed
Frame Aluminum twin-spar Aluminum monocoque Tubular-steel trellis Aluminum twin-spar
Front suspension Sachs 43mm fork adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound damping Showa 43mm fork adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound damping Marzocchi 43mm fork adjustable for spring preload, rebound and compression damping Öhlins 43mm fork adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Rear suspension Sachs shock adjustable for spring preload, high/low speed compression and rebound damping Sachs shock adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound damping Sachs shock adjustable for spring preload, high/low speed compression and rebound damping Öhlins shock adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Front brake Dual Brembo four-piston calipers, 320mm discs with ABS Dual Brembo four-piston calipers, 320mm discs with ABS Dual Brembo four-piston calipers, 320mm discs Dual Brembo four-piston calipers, 310mm discs with ABS
Rear brake Brembo two-piston caliper, 220mm disc with ABS Brembo two-piston caliper, 245mm disc with ABS Brembo two-piston caliper, 220mm disc Brembo single-piston caliper, 220mm disc with ABS
Front tire 120/70ZR-17 Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP 120/70ZR-17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa 120/70-17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa 120/70ZR-17 Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP
Rear tire 200/55ZR-17 Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP 180/60ZR-17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa 180/55ZR-17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa 180/55ZR-17 Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP
Rake/trail 24.5°/4.1 in. 24.0°/3.8 in. 23.6°/3.9 in. 22.9°/3.4 in.
Seat height 33.3 in. 32.5 in. 31.7 in. 32.7 in.
Wheelbase 55.9 in. 56.1 in. 54.3 in. 54.1 in.
Fuel capacity 4.8 gal. 4.5 gal. 4.4 gal. 4.6 gal.
Weight (tank full/empty) 473/444 lb. 442/415 lb. 431/405 lb. 424/396 lb.
Measured horsepower 163.8 bhp @ 12,300 rpm 128.0 bhp @ 10,900 rpm 130.1 bhp @ 13,300 rpm 119.2 bhp @ 13,000 rpm
Measured torque 77.4 lb.-ft. @ 9800 rpm 63.8 lb.-ft. @ 9100 rpm 58.0 lb.-ft. @ 10,800 rpm 51.1 lb.-ft. @ 10,200 rpm
Corrected ¼-mile 10.36 sec. @ 143.72 mph 10.44 sec. @ 132.94 mph 10.62 sec. @ 134.50 mph 10.71 sec. @ 131.03 mph
Top-gear roll-on 60-80 mph 2.65 sec. 3.17 sec. 2.63 sec. 2.79 sec.
Fuel mileage (hi/low/avg.) 38/28/32 mpg 45/36/40 mpg 42/38/40 mpg 49/35/40 mpg
Colors Formula Red, Matte Black Arctic White Silk, Red Metallic Matte Black, Pearl White/Black, Red/Silver Crystal White/Phantom Black
Availability Now Now Now Now
Warranty 24 mo., unlimited mi. 24 mo., unlimited mi. 24 mo., unlimited mi. 24 mo., unlimited mi.
Contact apriliausa.com ducati.com mvagusta
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Svobatron
Hold on, the 2013 On Two Wheels Middleweight Shootout crowned the GSX-R600 king of the class BEATING the new 675R.  The GSX-R750 is the 600 with 20 more hp.  Why on earth would you leave the 750 out of this comparison?  It's the benchmark, plain and simple.  And the "no electronics"  excuse is BS.  The 675R only has ABS and the F3 doesn't even work until everything is turned off!.....poor Suzuki, the only ones that keep the "super-mid" alive and now that others are doing it, they are left out.
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