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Triumph Daytona 675 Triple & Scrambler

2005-11-23 12:57

Triumph Daytona 675

Brett Hamilton

Housed in its split-cradle frame will be the same 900cc triple motor found in the rest of the company's "classic" range and should make it a top town bike without making a 200km jaunt to the beach seem to intimidating.

It has a great mix of wire wheels, simple motor, flat seat, knobbly tyres and old-school charm along with double up-swept exhaust outlets.

The tyres might have a blocky tread pattern that hints at off-road ability, but I seriously doubt if the scrambler is cut out for any of that.

Going on experience with other classic Triumphs, the scrambler's measured performance, handling and brakes (especially) makes this a neat town-and-country beach-bum bike - not a mud-jumping off-roader.

Another bike to join their ranks is an updated and up-rated version of the Daytona middleweight sports machine.

The new Daytona 675 Triple is set to redefine the middleweight class with unsurpassed power, punchy midrange, and stunning looks.

Gladly, Triumph has done away with the brief dabble in four-cylinder sports engines - reverting back to their traditional triple layout.

The in-line triple produces 123bhp and 72Nm.

For non-technical folk, a triple combines the punchy torque of a twin with the high-end speed of a four-cylinder. In essence, you get the best of both worlds.

And, it sound bloody marvellous.

The new 675 puts this compact and narrow unit in a slim chassis and features a 6-speed gearbox, Keihin closed-loop fuel-injection system and a free-flowing exhaust with an underseat silencer.

With a black undercarriage (including the black underseat exhaust) the sleek bodywork seems to be cling-wrapped around the frame with two slim headlamps on the small fairing.

USD front forks and the piggyback rear suspension are fully adjustable for spring preload and rebound, and compression damping.

Braking power should be impressive with a radial master cylinder as well as twin radial four-piston callipers. The front has two 308mm discs with a single 220mm discs at the rear.

Both these bikes made their debut at this year's Paris auto show and should be up for purchase in South Africa early next year.

Triumph Daytona Scrambler

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