Triumph Daytona 675 ABS - Road Test Review
Snapshot: It’s poised, its fast, its precise, it’s a symphony!
Triumph Daytona has already been one of the most popular middle-weight motorcycles of the world. Back in 2013, Triumph decided to make it even more special. They turned it into a more precise supersport weapon that took the world by storm when it was revealed. Triumph engineers improved every single thing about the old Daytona for which it was once rebuked. The new Daytona was even faster, had sharper handling and more mass centralized. Daytona, or the ‘Trumpet’, was already famous for its charming exhaust note but the new Daytona took it to a whole new level. Recently we got a chance to put this machine to test and see what it has to offer.
One of the most prominent changes that Triumph brought to the table was taking the old-school under-seat exhausts off and replacing them with an underbelly unit. The conventional under seat sure gave a slick appeal but the new unit helped the bike attain better mass centralised geometry. The air-intake also grew bigger that not only looked better in terms of visuals but also helped the bike breathe easy. At the front the twin headlights were made wider, converging at the nose and sitting perfectly below the new bigger ram air-intake.
It comes with LCD multi-function instrumental panel that displays speedometer, trip computer, lap timer, gear position indicator, programmable gear change lights, clock, coded key immobiliser, switchable ABS in a digital form. While the old-school tachometer looks too intimidating to look at. The only issue is that the information is not that legible to read in adverse lighting conditions.
The white and blue colour combination on the fairing looks classy and the rear blue sub frame under the seat has been redesigned that looks way better than before. The tank looks muscular and the tail end looks sharper. All of this makes the Daytona one of the most irresistible motorcycles ever made. People may or may not like its Japanese counterparts when it comes to design, as most of them have razor sharp designs. But not Daytona, it has a unique, gratifying aura that certainly pleases everyone.
Even if somebody put a gun to our head and tell us to point out niggles in its design, we’ll probably have our brains out because there is simply nothing about the Daytona that can be criticized.
Rating – 4.8/5
Engine and Performance-
The engine in talks is the 675cc liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder unit. It delivers a couple of more horses and a noticeable stronger torque throughout the rev range than previous versions. It churns out a satisfying 116.4bhp of maximum power at 12,600rpm and 70Nm of peak torque at 9,900rpm.
Apart from looking better, the new Daytona went through a slew of mechanical updates to make it faster than ever. Thanks to the new larger 76mm bore and shorter 49.6mm stroke, Daytona’s engine can now spin up to 14,400rpm which is 500rpm higher than the previous generation. Despite the increase in bore dimensions, the engine remained the same in terms of longevity. To further improve performance the engine got Nikasil-coated bores to handle higher chamber pressures. The bike also gets twin-injector per cylinder system like most of the heroic supersports out there.
And how all those mechanical updates translated into real life performance? The Daytona got a higher revving engine that delivered a stronger torque output widespread throughout the rev range. Unlike its Japanese counterparts which get scorching relatively late towards higher rpm, Daytona does the same early!
We tried to record Daytona’s 0-100kmph run several times and got an average of 3.6-3.7 seconds, on the other hand touching 200kmph took us nearly 10 seconds.
Rating – 4.7/5
Ride and Handling-
Unlike its sweeter ‘R’ model, the Daytona 675 ABS comes fitted with Kayaba 41mm upside down forks with adjustable preload having 110mm travel. For better damping accuracy, these KYB forks have a larger diameter piston and secondary damping valves which helps in controlling crossover flow between rebound and compression circuits. At the rear, it is equipped with a Kayaba monoshock with 129mm rear wheel travel. This suspension setup felt at home through daily city riding conditions, we didn’t get a chance to take the bike off to track but we were certainly happy with the control it gave to the rider on modest curving roads. Though these shocks felt comfortable on daily roads, but it’s still a punishment if you have to ride the bike in choked up traffic. Being a supersports, its handle bars are set very low, foot pegs are rear set and the overall riding position is demanding. At the same time you should not forget, Daytona is a dedicated supersports and hence it is supposed to be like that.
Triumph did everything they could to make the bike an even better, more fluidic handler. They chopped off extra weight, removed under seat exhaust, used lighter and stronger engine components, reworked steering geometry, used lighter wheels and suspension all for the sake of performance, ride and handling. And hence they came up with a bike which is now considered to be the best supersports the British ever made. The Daytona indeed feels lightning quick to change directions, it almost gives impression of being a much lighter bike. It is so precise on the handling bit that it play fistycuffs against a litre-class on tight circuits, and no we are not taking ‘long straights’ into consideration!
It comes loaded with twin 310mm floating discs, Nissin 4-piston radial mono-block calipers at the front and single 220mm disc, Brembo single piston caliper at the rear. It won’t be wrong to say that we never used more than a single finger to bring the bike to halt, no matter if we were doing 50kmph or 220kmph. Its ABS can be switched to On, Off and set to Circuit mode. Well, we assume you already know about the first two modes, so what Circuit mode does is that it disengage the ABS on the rear wheel to let you slide through a corner and have some fun. We know it surely would have been exciting to try that out but we didn’t.
Rating – 4.8/5
You do not have to dig deep into the Daytona's abilities to see perfection. We spent a lot of time trying to find out things we didn’t like about it and came up with just two, first it gave us chronic back ache because we couldn't resist pinning the throttle whenever we could and second we are too poor to afford one. After listening to Daytona’s trumpet exhaust note we fell in love with it all every single run. There is absolutely nothing about it that one cannot like. It’s poised, its fast, its precise, it’s a symphony! After all the motorbikes we have tested so far, the Daytona 675 stands above them all. And for even spirited aficionados the R vesion comes with Ohlins dampers and Brembo monobloc brakes. Happy riding!
Grand Total - 14.3/15
Photography - Mohd. Nasir
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