Day­tona delivers

Tri­umph’s 675cc ma­chine han­dles any con­di­tions, writes Craig Duff

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Bikes -

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.

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