The motorcycles that we have listed here today are some of the lightest readily available motorcycles for sale in the Philippines. To make this list, we considered a few factors, with the first being the availability of the motorcycle, the curb and dry weights of the bikes, and the displacement category, which is set squarely in the heavy-middleweight class.
Basically, above 650ccs and even in the 650cc class itself, you will find that bikes tend to get really weighty, especially when dealing with multi-cylinder engines, stiff frames, big brakes, and high-end riding features. However, here are the bikes that are exceptionally light for the class that they’re in. Weight correlates to agility, which correlates to handling, and it also contributes to the ease with which a rider can manage a motorcycle in either fast or slow situations. You can expect that these big bikes won’t feel so big when you’re riding and that they will be some of the most agile models that you’ll swing a leg over.
Since motorcycle weights are a bit all over the place, we’ll be ranking this list based on both curb and dry weights that are provided by manufacturers or estimated from reputable sources. The reason why we factor both metrics in is that 10 liters of gasoline will weigh about 7.5 kg on its own, and there will be times wherein the bike’s lighter or heavier depending on how much gas it has. We decided to aggregate the weight between curb and dry for a more realistic ranking.
MV Agusta Brutale 800
We’re kicking off this list with an exotic bike. From the get-go, the MV Agusta Brutale 800 is not your average motorcycle. You’ll be sure to turn some heads while riding this, and you probably will still look fresh while doing so, as the bike comes in at approximately 195 kg curb, and 175 kg dry. As it stands, it’s the heaviest bike on this list, but it’s not a bad start considering that MV Agusta probably put some extra bits and pieces and added weight to make it looks so darned good. However, the Brutale makes up for it by being the most powerful bike on this list, with 125 hp and 81 Nm of torque for the standard edition.
It was a bit tricky to get both the curb and the dry weight of the MT-09 because Yamaha doesn’t typically publish dry weights for its motorcycles. However, estimates show that the dry weight of the bike is around 176 kg, with a curb weight of just 188 kg. The MT-09 is well-loved because of its engine and power delivery. It has a ton of power just waiting to lift the front wheel up, and it even has ride modes that’ll quell the torquey motor. Paired with styling that was inspired by the dark side of Japan, and with updated tech features, the new MT-09 is an impressive model to consider if you’re shopping in the heavy middleweight category. It’s also no slouch with 114.9 hp and 88 Nm of torque.
KTM 790 Duke
The Scalpel, as it is so called, is one of the most agile motorcycles in the market today, and that is partly thanks to its weight which comes in at just 188 kg curb, and 169 kg dry. As a bonus, it comes with one of the best non-adjustable suspension systems from WP which further adds to its lightweight feel. Furthermore, wide handlebars, an accommodating seat, a thin tank, and not-so-rear-set footpegs make this an extremely easy bike to swing a leg over and move around on. In short, it feels even lighter than it already is, which translates well while riding. The weight, paired with the torque-happy 799cc parallel-twin motor with 105 hp and 87 Nm of torque, makes for a type of ride that’s borderline criminal. A testament to KTM’s personality as a brand, the 790 Duke will probably be one of the best options in the market if lightness and cornering ability are high on your wishlist, as well as a bit (or a ton) of hooliganism.
Triumph Street Triple
Triumph has been refining the Street Triple for years now, and the most modern incarnation of the model is the best ever. We can’t deny that even the prior generations of the Triple were fantastic machines, and we can’t deny that they’re some of the lightest triple-cylinder engines that you can get on the market today. The years of innovation have resulted in a motorcycle that weighs just 188 kg curb, and 168 kg dry. There are two variants of the Street Triple on offer, but the RS would be our pick thanks to its suspension which helps it feel even lighter while riding. The inline triple makes 116 hp and 77 Nm of torque and is absolutely smooth to ride around with. The bike delivers tons of power up top and smooth torque to make you feel like a pro while going slow.
Ducati Monster 937
It’s no secret that Ducati’s favorite pass time is racing, aside from building motorcycles that is. With all of that racing heritage, know-how, and technology, it’s no surprise that the lightest bike on our list is the Ducati Monster 937. A next-generation Monster, the bike’s an exceptionally lightweight motorcycle, pinned at just 166 kg while dry. Wet, you can expect a weight of about 186 kg. As the lightest bike on this list, dry, the Ducati Monster 937 is an agile motorcycle to ride. With 111 hp on tap and a whopping 93 Nm of torque from its L-Twin motor, the Monster is also the torquiest bike on this list in addition to being the lightest one.