‘ The 12,000-mile service is crucial’
“With a number of years of production behind it, there are plenty of used 675s to choose from, and byand-large owners have looked after them well. The previous models are all excellent, but the latest generation, with Triumph’s superb ABS, is the culmination of seven years’ refinement, and it shows. However, you should be wary of any bikes that look as though they might’ve been raced or used as track bikes, as there are probably just as many 675s circulating Britain’s racetracks as there are out on the roads, and most will have cartwheeled through the gravel at least once.
“The Daytona 675’s lock stops are two metal tabs machined in to either side of the headstock, and snapping them in an accident is often enough to write the bike off. Check to see if they are still present. Although they are easily repairable, the absence of lock stops does indicate the bike has suffered a fairly hefty impact, and you should also do an HPI check to assess the bike’s status. You should also check the wheels for any signs of damage; the Daytona has lightweight rims that can be easily damaged if dropped. Avoid any bikes that
‘Owners of road-going bikes take excellent care of them’
show signs of wheel damage or evidence of repair.
“The owners of road-going 675s generally take excellent care of them, and so the finish is adequate enough. However, Daytonas that have not been as well looked after may see corrosion on things like the footrest hangers. The exhaust header pipes and exhaust valve servo motor are also in the corrosion firing line.
“The 12,000-mile service is massively important. It doesn’t matter whether the bike you’re looking at has full service history up until this point, or has the stamps for the two services either side of 12,000 miles – the 12k service is crucial and as a result is very expensive. This service goes through everything, from the suspension linkage and head bearings, to the throttle bodies and valve clearances. It’s easily a full day’s work for a dealer and so costs between £600 and £800, which means many owners tend to skip it. If you’re looking at a bike with more than 12,000 on the clock, then you need to ensure this service has been done.”
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