Triumph’s 675cc machine handles any conditions, writes Craig Duff
IN THE hands of non-racers, middleweight bikes are often quicker than their 1000cc siblings. Triumph’s 675cc Daytona is one of those bikes that, on the road or even a tight track, can easily embarrass its bigger rivals.
The Daytona will add an R version to the stable in March with upmarket Ohlins and Brembo brakes to lift its performance back up with the latest crop of direct 600cc rivals.
There’s never been an issue with the power of the Daytona — the triple-cylinder engine loves to rev and has more torque than the inline fours so it tends to wind up earlier. It also makes it much easier to ride in stop-start traffic.
Even the ‘‘ regular’’ Daytona tested by carsGuide runs fully adjustable front and rear suspension and a solid set of Nissin brakes that cope with the worst the road and rider can throw at it without starting to fade.
The ultra-slim chassis makes the Daytona one of the most enjoyable bikes on sale today to tip through a series of corners.
It’s like throwing a stick for a dog to fetch — you’ll give up before it does. It just rolls through the corner at whatever lean angle and speed the rider sets, but puts up with changes to throttle and brake inputs without a wobble.
It is a supersport though, so the price you pay is a semi-racing crouch ride position.
That’ll give most newcomers to the class a sore pair of wrists until their thigh muscles develop enough to support more of their weight.
The flip-side of the low-speed workout is the ride is completely relaxed at freeway speeds as the wind takes some of the pressure off.
It’s a very good bike, but on dayto-day practicality often loses out to its slightly detuned naked sibling, the Street Triple.
The more upright ride makes the Street Triple a more comfortable bike to ride all day, but the retuning does temper some of the feral rush that makes the Daytona so popular.
Servicing, thankfully, isn’t as feral. Peter Stevens’ service centre in the Melbourne CBD will do the 1000km service for about $363, with a 10 per cent cut if the bike was bought there. First service down, you have another 9000km of riding before the next inspection is due.
Full throttle: Daytona’s triple-cylinder engine loves to rev.