When the Triumph Daytona 675 was launched in 2005 it caused quite a stir. Especially on its home turf where British Bike magazine hailed it as “the best British sportsbike ever”. That might not be the biggest achievement (given the lack of suitable competition), but even locally it quickly became a favourite and was awarded the accolade of “Bike of the Year 2006” by Topbike.
The 2009 Triumph Daytona 675 follows obviously in the footsteps that made its predecessor a success on the track and road, but now shifts several characteristics a few notches higher.
Shaving a few kilo’s off for its latest incarnation is common practice with superbikes, and the Daytona 675 is no exception. Triumph sent it on a crash diet and managed to rid it of 3kg of unwanted mass – pretty significant considering it only had 165 kg to start with.
Power has gone up by 2kW to 94 kW and the red line has been moved upwards by 450r/min harder to a limit of 13,950r/min thanks to a new exhaust system, recalibrated fuel injection, and a revised cylinder head with new valves and a modified combustion chamber.
A new hydraulic cam-chain tensioner and taller first gear come straight from last year’s aftermarket race kit, and a new magnesium cam cover helps with the weight trimming exercise. Those who ride their Daytonas on the racetrack will be pleased to hear that Triumph now offers a “plug ‘n’ play” quickshifter as part of their genuine accessories range.
The new Triumph Daytona 675 comes with top-notch suspension and brakes. Sophisticated high and low speed damping control are standard features of the fully adjustable 41mm upside-down front forks and rear monoshock suspension.
New radial-mount Nissin monobloc front brakes stop the motorcycle even quicker than that of the outgoing model, and new lightweight wheels improve handling by significantly reducing unsprung weight. The latest Pirelli SuperCorsa SP tyres have been recruited to mediate in the struggle between kilowatts, brakes and slippery tarmac.
Little has changed on the styling front for the new model year, but the cockpit, headlamp and screen has been updated to give a slightly fresher appeal. You can choose from two colour options for 2009 – Jet Black and Tornado Red.
The Triumph Daytona 675 retails at R99,500 with a two year unlimited distance warranty and a two year AA Roadside Assistance Plan.