I recently purchased a 2010 Triumph Street Triple R and though it’s not my favorite bike ever (yet), it really has a lot going for it. It’s light, fast, comfortable and very fun to ride. It’s ironic that Triumph, that rose phoenix-like from the ruins of the British motorcycle industry, is now beating the Japanese at their own game of producing high-performance middleweight sportbikes.
And soon the Italians are going to be in on the action. We showed you MV’s lovely F3 Triple last year, and though we still don’t know retail pricing (expect the bike to hit U.S. dealers in the fall) it should be priced more competitively than the $33,000, 200 horsepower F4 RR, making Italian exotica affordable to a new generation of sportbikers. Naked-bike lovers (like us here at MD) will also probably like the B3 “Brutalina” pictured here in a mock-up done by France’s Moto Revue magazine.
The magazine and several blogs and fora speculate that the new bike (which will probably be named the Brutale B3; “Brutalina” came from a quip made by MV designer Claudio Castiglione in an interview last year) will be an entry-level model priced one or two thousand dollars more than the Triumph Street Triple. Expect it to have a similar wet weight (about 415 pounds) and something like 100 to 110 hp at the wheel, with a flatter torque curve than its F3 brother. Pre-production testing is under way, say those who claim to be in the know. An ABS version may be available (like most Euro models) and it should debut at the 2011 EICMA show in Milan.
And now for a little dose of fantasy. Bimota, builder of deliciously exclusive handmade sportbikes, has never (as far as I know) used a Triumph engine, and has focused on Ducati powerplants in recent years (although it did dip a toe in Moto2 waters last year with its Honda-powered HB4). But that hasn’t stopped Italian moto-designer Oberdan Bezzi from speculating about what such a marriage would look like. Trellis and billet frame? Check. Top-shelf components? Si. Ultralight wheels and lots of carbon fiber? But of course. And following honored Bimota tradition, you’d have to expect a naked version as well, no? Oberdan calls the sport model the TB-1 675, a biposto version is the TB-1S, and the nudist, complete with sexy bellypan and bikini fairing, would be the TB-2 675. Like most of Oberdan’s creations, it will probably never turn a wheel in the real world, but it’s still nice to look at. Check out more of his work here.