Great things were expected from Triumph's middleweight sports bike when it was launched and the reaction since then has been rapturous. The 675cc water-cooled, three-cylinder 12-valve power plant was designed to be compact, its narrow dimensions giving the 675R a slim streamlined profile. The Triumph Daytona 675R has turned out to be a real head-turner with its striking modern looks.
Priced from £9,999 on the road, the Triumph Daytona 675R is available in two striking colour schemes, Midnight Black and Scarlet Red or Crystal White and Jet Black.
Heavy bikes are never much fun and Triumph knows this. They kept the Daytona 675R light and nimble so there's a huge amount of fun to be had in the handling department. The engine delivers plenty of torque and a great deal of work by Triumph's engineers continues to refine the unit without removing its inherent character. Although this gives the bike rapid pure-bred performance, it's designed to be used hard without the undesirable tendencies that many thoroughbred machines give, namely reliability problems. The engine, delivers massive low-range torque and just keeps on giving right the way through to the red line. Peak power of 113.5bhp is produced at a heady 12,600rpm and the compact 12-valve engine serving-up searing acceleration to order. At cruising speeds its pretty much vibration free. The free-flowing exhaust system features an underseat silencer and uses a secondary valve to boost the amount of torque offered low down. This exhaust also provides a spine-tingling engine note.
The six-speed transmission offers a really close-ratio set-up for all six speeds. The Brembo brakes provide stunning levels of stopping power as well as excellent control.
The Triumph continues to be the bike that excites enough that its owners would never get tired of wanting to ride it. It continues to be one of the best 600 models money can buy.