I totally understand your disappointment and apprehension regarding the F3 and you would expect after the time they had to get it right and the poor reviews regarding the fuelling/throttle response on the F4R/F4S that the fuelling would be immaculate.
But on the launch report by MCN themselves, they reported that in sport mode it was hard work with a snatchy throttle and all or nothing power delivery. But then they said using one of the other modes, or better still, taking some time to set up a custom mode, it was far, far better
Some quotes from MCN:
"Riding the £9999 MV Agusta F3 at its world launch around the surreal blue and red-lined track at Paul Ricard in the south of France has left MCN seriously impressed with MV's first brand new bike since the Brutale in 2002."
"The throttle response on the F3 can be a little snatchy and hesitant depending in which of the four power maps you're in."
"There is also a custom mode where you can build in the kind of revs, the kind of throttle response you want and then it was absolutely perfect"
So you see it is all relative. The Truimph may be a better 'all rounder' for the road, but it looks cheap, flimsy, unexciting and does absolutely nothing for me whatsoever so I'd much rather spend some time setting up the most beautiful and technically advanced supersports bike ever created to get it just the way I like it than have an ugly, boring, sports middleweight which just happens to feel good around town!!
When MCN and most other mags review bike, they do so without making any alterations to them and in their 'as you get it from the showroom' state. So if their F3 was set to sports mode when they received it, then that's probably how they will use it, maybe they will try a less sporty mode, but I can almost guarantee that they never took the time to fine tune the custom mode to get the fuelling just they way they want it which if they had done would probably make a comparison with the Triumph's fuelling much closer. Many buyers of the F3 will be using it for racing on both local and national levels, Alstare will be racing the F3 next season in World Superbikes!! The F3 allows them to get the best from it more easily but also, with some fine tuning, allows Joe Public to get the best from it when riding in town!!
Test ride it first, make sure they have set it to a mode other than sports mode and stop reading negative reviews!!!...Like the rich and famous Hollywood stars say..." I don't read the press because they never have anything nice to say about me and it's all bollocks anyway"
I guarantee once it is sat in your drive, gleaming in the sun, warming up ready for you to ride, and attracting envious glances....You'll know you've made the right decision!!