The Bike on Everyone's Lips
Motorbikes are constantly improving. Year on year bikes get that little bit better, increased speed and acceleration, better brakes, suspension, aerodynamics, they're all factors that go into making bikes safer and of a higher quality. In fact they are getting so good now sometimes it's hard to tell the difference. Not it seems in the case of Triumph's new offering the Daytona 675R.
The Daytona has been a model in Triumphs range for quite some years now appearing in a number of different cc's ranging from 600 to 995i. They've been known for their incredible handling, world class performance and beautiful styling since their inception. So what makes this new variation of the bike stand out from the crowd?
I'll take this moment to say I'm focussing on the 675R, the standard version of course is also available but the R's got all the bells and whistles so is at the peak of what the Daytona is all about.
An all new take on Triumph's famous triple fills the heart of this beast. The engine has been completely redesigned. Shorter strokes matched with wider bores to reduce piston speeds means the engine can rev harder offering the potential for more raw power. To fit in those wider bores they've redeveloped the cylinder block to make sure the engine didn't get any wider. The oil control system around the crank has been altered to create less drag. Improved electronics to help manage the engine have been installed as well as twin fuel injectors on each cylinder. The gearbox has been improved and also a slipper clutch added. A tooth from the front sprocket has been removed for improved acceleration. The exhaust has been moved from under the seat to under the engine to aid the centralisation of the machine. There are also a number of space-age materials entering the engine such as nitrate-coated gudgeon pins on the all new pistons and titanium inlet valves. All these tweaks and changes have made for an engine with more revs, power and torque.
For an engine so sweet you need somewhere fitting to house it. The chassis which has also had a complete redesign making it lighter and stronger, boasts a sharper steering set up, more rear biased weight distribution to keep that power on the ground and a shorter wheelbase. The new swing-arm also now has an adjustable pivot.
The R is fitted with fully adjustable Ohlins NIX30 forks and a TTX36 shock on the rear. They have new insides including a softer rear spring. These can be set up to a rider's needs whether that be roaring round the track or bombing along country roads. Any situation can be accounted for.
The Brembo monobloc calipers remain but with larger front discs and ABS, which can be switched on and off or onto race mode. Again giving the rider a large amount of say in how much the brakes and bike are doing for them.
Again everything here has had a redesign. The bodywork, tank, lights, top yoke have all been restyled for more aerodynamics. The air intake through the headstock via the front fairing vent has been changed so much it is now 39% bigger feeding much needed air into that powerful little engine. The clocks have also been improved with the addition of a fuel gauge. I think one of the most thrilling things about this bike is its new looks. It just looks fast, light and nimble and it doesn't fail to deliver out on the road.
So is the new Daytona better than the old one? Yes, very much so. Just goes to show that taking something back to basics can really give you something improved, fresh and exciting. Perhaps more manufacturers should get into this way of thinking.
When I get my hands on one of these in the New Year I'll give you a full road test, till then, ride safe.
Triumph Daytona 675R
- Price: £10,599
- Engine: Liquid cooled 675cc 12v inline triple
- Gears: 6
- Power/Torque: 126bhp/55ftlb
- Top Speed: 160mph
- Rake/Trail: 22.9 degreees/87.9mm
- Wheelbase: 1375mm
- Wet weight: 184kg
- Seat height: 820mm
- Tank Capacity: 17.4 litres
27.12.12 - Big Ed