REVIEW: TRIUMPH DAYTONA 675

Triumph motorcycles have long had a sense of their own purpose and a sense of distinction and, against a mass of homogenous product, Triumph motorcycles stand out as being unique. Simply put, they’re not like other bikes in look, feel and character. This is a planned evolutionary process that has become clearer over the last two years with bikes like the stunning Rocket III, iconic Speed Triple and breathtaking Sprint ST.

 

These bikes are evidence of a real focus and desire from Triumph to build their bikes, their way. It’s a process that has gathered great success in terms of worldwide sales, press appreciation and brand identification. Which is why, from the very first stages of planning, designing and building the revolutionary Daytona 675, Triumph decided to expand and build on that difference and one single word was chosen to inspire the whole project: ‘Incomparable’.

 

The Daytona 675 stands alone in the hotly contested sports bike arena and while others might compare it to a myriad of motorcycles, it’s very much a statement of how a pure Triumph sports bike should look and, just as importantly, feel. In one single stroke it has redefined just how a middleweight sports bike should perform, packing as it does a large amount of power and torque into a small, nimble package. In the sports bike market many machines are seen almost as disposable by their owners and treated accordingly.

In contrast Triumph’s wish for the 675 Daytona was to create an exciting bike that owners will never tire of looking at, cherishing and above all else, riding. Added to this was a desire not only to build the most exciting and useable sports bike that’s ever left the Hinckley factory, but also to steal the crown for the most beautiful sports bike in the market. The first three-cylinder middleweight, the Daytona 675 stands apart immediately with its inimitable, spine-tingling sound and feel. Integral to this is the triple’s inherent advantage of masses of bottom-end torque, linked to a heavy mid-range punch that’s topped with a searing burst of peak power.

Alongside the desire for a strong, torquey engine, a key part of the design brief for the brand new 675cc power plant was to make the water-cooled, three-cylinder, 12-valve unit extremely compact and narrow, contributing to the overall slimness of the bike. The stacked six-speed gearbox considerably shortens the engine and is the first from Triumph to feature a truly close ratio set-up for all six speeds, maximising the engine’s power and torque perfectly. Bore and stroke is 74.0mm x 52.3mm and peak power of 125PS is delivered at 12,500rpm, with 72Nm torque at 11,750rpm.

 

A great deal of work went into refining the Daytona 675’s new engine without removing any of the triple’s innate character and while it may perform like a racing thoroughbred there’s typical Triumph toughness engineered into every part – this motor’s meant to be used, and used hard again and again. The Daytona 675’s Keihin closed-loop fuel-injection system uses a trio of 44mm throttle bodies and three 12-point multi-spray injectors. Air is drawn from a port between the headlights and passes directly through the headstock to the airbox. An electronically controlled flap in the front of the airbox optimises both acoustics and performance at low, mid and high rpm ranges.

The free-flowing exhaust features an underseat silencer and also utilises a secondary valve to boost torque low down. The engine meets stringent Euro-3 emission regulations. Designed around the Daytona 675’s engine the spars of the fabricated, open-back, aluminium cast frame wrap over the top of the motor, accentuating further the benefits of the narrow three-cylinder design. Rake is set at 23.5°, trail at 86.8mm trail with a wheelbase of 1392mm.

 

The Kayaba 41mm upside down forks are fully adjustable for spring preload and rebound and compression damping, as is the Kayaba piggyback reservoir rear shock. The aluminium swingarm itself is a two-piece casting and measures 574mm from rear wheel spindle to pivot point, greatly improving suspension and rear wheel control. Dry weight is 165kg (363lbs). The front brakes use a radial master cylinder as well as twin radial four-piston calipers and the fully floating 308mm front discs are matched by a 220mm rear. The new wheels are a lightweight five-spoke design and wear super-sticky Pirelli Dragon Super Corsa Pro tyres. Front tyre size is 120/70 ZR17 while the rear is 180/55 ZR17. The Daytona 675’s digital instrument console has the usual trip functions as well as displaying average fuel economy.

Also featured is a 99-lap memory timer – useful for comparing successive laps on a circuit as well as average and maximum speed for each lap. Gear position and programmable gear change shift light indicators are also included. Stylish twin projector beam front headlights (one for dip and one for main beam) give an excellent spread of light and are matched with a lightweight LED (Light Emitting Diode) rear light unit. Colour options for the Daytona 675 are Scorched Yellow, Tornado Red and Graphite Grey.

 

A full range of accessories will be available for the 675 Daytona, including carbon fibre front mudguard, infills, heel guards and silencer cover. A non-restrictive Triumph exhaust end-can will be available (for circuit use only) and racing specialists Arrow Exhausts are producing a full titanium system that saves over 6kg in weight and adds 5PS, again for circuit use only. Also, while the Daytona 675 is very much a premium product with top quality components, exceptional attention to detail and high quality finish, its final retail price has been deliberately pegged at an affordable level. With the Daytona 675 Triumph aimed to create an exciting bike that owners will never tire of owning and, above all else, riding. It sits within a class of one, delivering an incredible performance with its exciting, powerful engine and intuitive, razor-sharp chassis. It also looks and sounds like nothing else.

 

All quite deliberate and driven by that one solitary word; ‘incomparable’. Very few motorcycles can be seen as mould-breaking but the Daytona 675 is definitely one of them.

COLOUR OPTIONS:

Graphite

Tornado Red

Scorched Yellow

 

TRIUMPH ACCESSORIES:

Full Titanium Race Exhaust System*                   Union Flag Custom Paint Cockpit

- developed in partnership with Arrow                              Paddock Stand Bobbins

Aftermarket Silencer* (*off road use only)              Aero Screen

Carbon Fibre Front Mudguard                             Seat Cowl

Carbon Fibre Rear Hugger                                  Gel Seat – Rider

Carbon Fibre Cockpit Infill Panels                        Gel Seat – Pillion

Carbon Fibre Heel Guards                                  Tank Bag – 15 litres

Carbon Fibre Silencer Cover                               Tank Bag – 20 litres (exp to 30)

Carbon Fibre Lower Chain Guard                         Throwover Panniers

Carbon Fibre Heat Shield                                   All Weather Bike Cover

Carbon Fibre Tank Pad                                     Alarm/Immobiliser

Carbon Fibre Upper Chain Guard

 

TRIUMPH 675 SPECIFICATIONS

 

Engine Type   Liquid-cooled, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder
Capacity   675cc
Bore/Stroke   74.0 x 52.3mm
Compression Ratio   12.65:1
Fuel System   Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection with forced air induction
Ignition   Digital – inductive type – via electronic engine management system
Primary Drive   Gear
Final Drive   O ring chain
Clutch   Wet, multi-plate
Gearbox   6-speed, close ratio
Frame   Aluminium beam twin spar
Swingarm   Braced, twin-sided, aluminium alloy with adjustable pivot position
Wheels Front Alloy 5-spoke, 17 x 3.5in
  Rear Alloy 5-spoke, 17 x 5.5in
Tyres Front 120/70 ZR 17
  Rear 180/55 ZR 17
Suspension Front 41mm USD forks with adjustable preload, rebound and compression damping
  Rear Monoshock with piggy back reservoir adjustable for preload, rebound and compression damping
Brakes Front Twin 308mm floating discs, 4 piston radial calipers with radial master cylinder
  Rear Single 220mm disc, single piston caliper
Length   2010mm (79.1in)
Width (Handlebars)   673mm (26.5in)
Height   1109mm (43.7in)
Seat Height   825mm (32.5in)
Wheelbase   1392mm (54.8in)
Rake/Trail   23.5º/86.8mm
Weight (Dry)   165kg (363lbs)
Fuel Tank Capacity   17.4 litres (4.6 gal US)
Maximum Power   125PS (123bhp) at 12,500 rpm
Maximum Torque   72Nm (53ft.lbf) at 11,750 rpm
PERFORMANCE MEASURED AT CRANKSHAFT TO DIN 70020

 

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