So, what exactly is the Triumph Daytona 675R?
Let me start off with a very simple question! How often do you manage to come across a motorcycle that infuses a superpower in you despite being a non living object? How often you feel the urge to whack open the throttle and say goodbye to the world around you in a blur the moment you hit the starter? Before you start visualising the Hayabusas and the MV Agustas in your mind, let me tell you that we are not talking about the obvious breed out here but instead something else very different and supremely capable. Best known as the most respect worthy motorcycles in the middleweight sportsbike segment, we got a chance to lay our hands on the Triumph Daytona 675R.
Before we start drooling more on this British supersports, what exactly makes the Triumph Daytona 675R truly special and one of its kind, especially in a country like ours! Well, if you frankly ask me, if one has to opt for a punchy full-faired supersports motorcycle in India, the picks would simply result from the showrooms of the Japanese manufacturers, for the obvious reason that good brand image means a better motorcycle (that’s what most of the people think). Also, Triumph has always been known for building classics and the large capacity cruisers and not aerodynamically sound speedy weapons. Having said that, the Daytona 675R, being the only supersport full-faired bike in the manufacturer’s stable, chances are that you might ignore this one in front of the fanciness of the company’s Bonnies, the Rockets and its other Japanese counterparts.
Despite all this, the Triumph Daytona 675R managed to earn a good share in the hearts of endless enthusiasts in the biking fraternity, that too within a short period of its inception. Reasons? Well, to say the least, this middleweight firecracker is the only motorcycle in its category that can actually dare to lock horns with the bigger litre-class beasts, without a line of worry on its forehead. Also, the Daytona 675R being one of the lightest motorcycles in its territory handles like a dream and that is the reason why it rules the racetracks when it comes to middleweight racing. And before I can’t stop myself and spill out all the awesomeness of the Daytona in the introduction itself, let’s head on to the actual review. Shall we?
Triumph Daytona 675R – Design Language and Styling
God like looks or anything less?
The Triumph Daytona 675R at the very first glance looks like a motorcycle that has cleared the wind tunnel tests in a single go. Reason being, this middleweight cracker has been designed keeping performance in mind, which translates to an aggressive and sharp body styling. As you would typically expect from a supersports, the Daytona 675R gets edgy twin headlamps that indeed look predatory from some specific angles. These are further complimented by a central positioning light in between that looks purposeful. The beefy 43mm Ohlins inverted forks up front have been given a golden treatment that makes an irresistible difference.
The low set clip on handlebars along with a sharp and well chiseled 17.4-litre fuel tank offer a much needed supersport appeal and broad shoulders to this bike. Underneath it is a 675cc inline three cylinder engine, the portions of which hid themselves neatly under the full fairing that address the nomenclature of this beast. The seats in the Daytona 675R have been fitted in a typical split type fashion and get support from the two-piece chassis that looks exclusive being drenched in red. The body grab rails have been installed on the rear quarter panels. In short, the Daytona 675R looks beautiful and a no nonsense bike that has taken its birth for a purpose.
Triumph Daytona 675R – Engine and Performance
The magic of the triple pod bulletproof heart
The heart of the Triumph Daytona 675R has been lifted straight from the company’s Street Triple. But that’s not where you should underestimate its performance. Reason being, the engine in the Daytona 675R has been retuned in depth in order to extract the ballistic performance for which the bike is worshipped worldwide. The major change in the engine is the revision in bore and stroke. As a result the motor in the Daytona 675R gets a larger bore and shorter stroke, which pushes the redline to an impressive 14,400 rpm and ensures that the top end is as punchy as the lower bands. Also, the use of lighter titanium valves in the engine has helped significantly in doing justice to the word ‘supersports’ as it helps unleash more power from the engine, thanks to the high compression ratio.
Hit the starter and you will take no time in realising that the Triumph Daytona 675R holds so much within. The redesigned inline three cylinder engine displaces 675cc and holds so much performance at its core that you cannot even imagine seeing at the displacement figure. Needless to say, the motor has supreme amount of refinement and the big fat mid range helps the Daytona tear the tarmac like a rocket in the lower gears within no time. The real potential is realised when you start pushing the throttle close to the rev limiter and the bike just progresses with ease, thanks to the plenty of torque available at any given moment. 117 bhp of power and 70 Nm of torque may not be the best figures to take your breath away but they are sure to make your day, with the kind of machine these have been encapsulated in.
Gearshifts are butter smooth from a six-speed transmission, and dropping a gear or two is never a problem while entering corners at high speeds, courtesy the very well functioning slipper clutch and quickshifter.
Triumph Daytona 675R – Ride and Handling
Like a dream?
The ride quality of the Triumph Daytona 675R is simply exceptional. The front biased geometry and a short wheelbase of 1375mm helps this motorcycle cut through corners with ease, which in turn makes it one hell of a track tool. The handling is brilliant and the bike toggles in the direction you want it to at just a hint of your wrist. The adjustable Ohlins suspension eats up the uneasiness of the road quite flawlessly and is well damped in a way that you will not really feel the bumps of the major potholes reaching you.
The Daytona 675R is bolted on a twin spar frame that feels quite responsive when you take the bike on a corner entry. All thanks to this chassis, the Daytona 675R feels super composed at triple digit speeds and this is the reason why taking this bike to speeds beyond 200 kmph is not that much of a task. As they say, with great power comes greater responsibility, the stopping power to the Daytona is delivered by twin 310mm discs up front along with a single 220mm disc brake towards the rear that offer a fantastic bite and feedback. Also, the dry weight of just 167 kgs makes things easier for the Daytona when its rider is in a hurry to leave the world behind at one twist of his wrist.
Triumph Daytona 675R – Features
The list just refuses to end!
The Triumph Daytona 675R is easily the most feature loaded middleweight sportsbike that you can buy in India at present. To start off with, this motorcycle gets an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) to prevent wheel lock up under harsh braking. Also, the bike has been assisted with fully adjustable Ohlins suspension set up that comprises of 43mm inverted forks up front and Ohlins twin tube monoshock with piggy back reservoir towards the rear.
Besides this, a slipper clutch to attack corners, an engine immobiliser to prevent any thefts and programmable rev lights are other value additions to this motorcycle. The Daytona 675R additionally receives a quickshifter as well to make gearshifting super smooth. Not only this, you can also remove the number plate and the turning winkers in order to make this bike track ready whenever you feel the racer waking up from sleep within you.
Triumph Daytona 675R – Verdict
Yay or Nay?
Ok. So let’s address the elephant in the room. At INR 12.14 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the Triumph Daytona 675R is indeed an expensive motorcycle to own. This price is actually sky high in terms of buying a middleweight sportsbike and if you are really obsessed for the term ‘value for money’, chances are that you will add a bit more cash in this figure and opt for a litre-class bike. For instance, by adding almost one and a half lakh rupee to the price of the Daytona 675R, you can avail yourself the famed Suzuki GSX-1300R Hayabusa, the engine of which is double the displacement of the former.
Also, the Triumph Daytona 675R is not a motorcycle that you can involve in daily use. The aggressive riding position tires you out on long distances and this is the reason why this motorcycle simply cannot justify the day to day practicality. The Daytona 675R has been crafted and designed to meet altogether different purposes and setting racetracks on fire is the prime one. Furthermore, this bike has clinched numerous middleweight supersports titles to its name, which is enough in itself to reveal the mettle of this British supersports.
On a round up, the Triumph Daytona 675R promises to maintain that grin on your face, all thanks to the feature loaded package that comes along, a punchy and butter smooth engine and of course, the exceptional handling characteristics. The only condition being, you have to accept and understand the grounds on which this bike has been made.
Who said only litre-class machines can set your adrenaline on a rush, as now it is clear that Superpower too, comes in different packages, isn’t it!