2006 Tri­umph Day­tona 675 – £4500

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Beau­ti­fully bal­anced, beau­ti­fully fo­cused, and just beau­ti­ful, the Day­tona 675 is a bril­liant sports bike that con­sis­tently beat all-com­ers in pe­riod group tests. There are three rea­sons to buy now; first it’s a gen­uinely great bike. Sec­ond, they’re now dis­con­tin­ued so you can’t buy new. And third, Tri­umph will be pow­er­ing the Moto2 grid in 2019 which is sure to re­mind peo­ple what a great thing a mid-weight Tri­umph sports­bike is – you need to get in there first. With the launch of the Day­tona in 2006 Tri­umph stopped copy­ing the Ja­panese. In­stead of build­ing an identi-kit in­line four they broke the mould and went with, the now leg­endary, 675cc triple. This at­ten­tion-grab­bing for­mat saw the Day­tona sell when its ri­vals strug­gled. That means there are plenty of used bikes out there and, with good reason, it’s a pop­u­lar track day tool. It also laid the foun­da­tion for the suc­cess­ful Street Triple and Tiger 800 ranges.

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