Triumph Daytona 675
It ruled the supersport class, but can it still cut it?
What we said then
“The new Daytona has more power and torque than before, and the ABS brakes are a huge improvement. The sharper chassis means that the new bike turns quicker and with less effort than before, while tweaks to the riding position ensure that the rider is less cramped, despite the more focused chassis – an impressive trick.” Adam Child, MCN January 20, 2013
What’s it like now?
At a time where supersport 600s don’t seem to make sense anymore, the Daytona 675 is a white and blue wave of pure clarity. Since its creation in 2006, that three-cylinder 675cc engine has provided road riders with a stunning mix of drive and revs, and this 2013 incarnation gives yet more still. The shorter stroke design featuring a separate cylinder block with new Nikasil-coated bores delivers more top-end rpm and improved mid-range, while one-tooth-shorter gearing adds to the supersport excitement.
Sure, the majority of the 675’s power is still at the top end but getting to it isn’t a chore. Spurred on by that plump torque and giddying induction howl, you hang on to the throttle until all six police-siren-blue shift lights are illuminated on the dash. Yet you don’t need to ride the Daytona especially fast to enjoy yourself, just darting through traffic is a joy thanks to the mass-centralised packaging.
As someone who spent 9000 blissful miles with a Daytona 675 in 2013, this feels like coming home. The chassis, although incredibly slim, is extremely roomy, and there’s something uncanny about the feel feeding back through bum and hands via the fully adjustable KYB suspension, which on this bike has been perfectly set-up to strike the ideal balance between comfort and composure. The new-wave Race ABS that was ushered in for this model update (although not fitted to this machine) is excellent too, especially reassuring when the weather turns foul, and it’s brilliant in perfect conditions on track too, allowing just a small amount of rear wheel lift under hard braking.
Has it worn well?
There was a time when accusations of poor build quality were levelled at Triumph, with some of the fastenings of original model Daytona 675s furring and corroding with the slightest exposure to moisture, but that time has long since passed. Despite showing 10,948 miles on its digital display, this Daytona is devoid of any stand-out blemishes, and the engine still pulls with as much pep as it did the day it rolled out of the factory. Judging by this example’s sports-touring-spec Michelin Pilot Road 3 tyres and very neatly plumbed-in aftermarket heated grips, this is a bike that’s been used yearround and in all weathers – which makes its near-pristine condition all the more impressive.
Those Michelin Pilot Road tyres hamper the 675’s supernatural steering slightly, their flatter front profile certainly takes the edge off the Daytona’s agility, but on damp and cold November roads they’re working brilliantly. For a 675 that’s confined to sunny Sundays only you can’t go too far wrong by fitting a pair of Pirelli’s Supercorsa SP, or full-fat Supercorsas for those with trackday ambitions – and, when you own a bike as sweethandling as the Daytona, you owe it to yourself to take it on a circuit at least once. Metzeler Racetec are another popular tyre choice.
A perfect partner
The Daytona 675 is still the undisputed king of the 600 sports bikes, and as this 2013 update is still the current model, it’s a brilliant used buy. This one’s currently up for sale at Wheels Motorcycles in Peterborough for £6495. www.wheelsmotorcycles.co.uk
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