Posted: 28 Feb 2014
If there is one bike that needs to be ridden by every genre of motorcyclist then it has to be Triumph’s Daytona 675. Ok, so it is a middleweight sports motorcycle and every inch a race replica which does make it not everyone’s cup of tea. But it is one of the most fun, usable, addictive and easy to ride sports missiles.
The main component of the Daytona 675 is the engine. A triple-cylinder unit of 675cc, it bears no relation to the inline four-cylinder rev-happy Japanese machines of similar ilk. The 675 has been developed to produce copious amounts of torque from just past tickover and through the midrange. From this point the 675’s power output of 126bhp chimes in to kick-start a frenzy of speed and delicious race-like handling.
Like all three-pot Triumph engines, the sound from the exhaust is a delicious ‘drone’ and a message of intent. The 675 will always respond to throttle input to make it a joy when riding in traffic or at a track day, assuming this is your bag. Backing up the engine’s performance is a chassis that keeps the wheels and rider on and in tune with every type of road surface. The twin spar aluminium frame and light responsive steering makes every mile a smile maker.
Coupled with fully adjustable – and responsive – suspension, anyone new to the world of sports bikes will definitely question the ‘quality’ of their previous choice of machinery. This includes the braking system, especially up front where Nissin radially-mounted four-piston calipers control and stop the 675 almost instantly.
Although the seating position is ‘head down, bum up’ as befits a racing machine, the 675 is actually quite comfy. Only the tallest among us will have trouble staying comfortable over the 80-mile mark. Last, but not by any stretch of the imagination the least, the 675 Daytona carries one other component that has more style appeal, gives the 675 instant kudos, and makes the competition seem ordinary: the Triumph logo.
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2011 (11 reg), 675cc, 623 miles, white
Sale price £6,980. HPI checked to ensure you complete peace of mind as to the vehicle’s history. Warranty (extended warranties available if required). A range of finance options available (finance subject to status/terms and conditions apply). Part exchange welcome on all new and used machines. Major credit cards accepted. Full service history. Owners manual. Contact: 01622 681765. Price: £6,980
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