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MCN overall verdict rating is 5

Faster, better handling, easier to ride and with an even angrier engine note, the 2013 Daytona 675R takes Triumph’s supersport weapon to another level. Launched alongside the standard Daytona 675, it’s the first major update since the 675’s release in 2006. Every inch of the machine is different. A new short-stroke engine revs harder and moving the exhaust can from under the seat has improved agility and handling. It’s an epic machine. The standard Daytona 675 costs £1700 less and comes with a more road-orientated chassis. It has Kayaba suspension, Nissin monobloc brake calipers, milder steering geometry, 10mm lower seat and the quickshifter and ABS is an option. 

Engine

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

A new 126bhp three-cylinder 675cc short-stroke engine only makes 2bhp more than before, but it revs harder and is ripe for tuning – Triumph has built this bike to go racing first and foremost. It has a new cylinder block, pistons, gudgeon pins, crankcase oil baffles, titanium inlet valves and gearbox. There are new twin-injector throttle bodies, ECU and a bigger central air intake running through the headstock. A new slipper clutch has a two-way ramp for extra slip and grip on and off the throttle and lighter clutch springs. The exhaust is repositioned up and under the engine to aid weight distribution. The motor is less breathless than before in the midrange and high revs, but still has buckets of torque. It flies off corners and crucifies straights. This motor was already one of the best in the business and now it’s even better.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

By moving the exhaust Triumph has managed to make the Daytona 675R shorter, squatter and faster steering. Very few bikes handle as well as this out of the crate and even fewer are as easy to ride fast. Here’s a machine that makes its rider look very, very good. This R model’s Ohlins suspension and Brembo brakes move the bike’s limit way above the average rider. Road holding is excellent, the ride quality plush and the bite from the brakes incredible. The ABS has a ‘circuit’ setting, which disables the rear ABS and lets you slide into corners.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

Aside from the ABS and quickshifter, there aren’t any electronic rider aids, like traction control or variable power maps, but the Triumph is that easy to ride, it doesn’t need them. There’s a multi-function LCD dash, adjustable swingarm pivot as well as the Ohlins and Brembos. The 675R comes with carbon fibre goodies. There’s also a wide range of official accessories including a race kit, for the first time.

Triumph Daytona 675R (2013-current)

Detail Value
New price £10,599
Dealer used prices
£7,660 (2013) - £9,100 (2013)
Private used prices
£6,510 (2013) - £7,750 (2014)
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Engine size 675 cc
Power 126 bhp
Top speed 165 mph
Insurance group 15 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 5 rating is 5
Engine rating is 5 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 5 rating is 5
Equipment rating is 5 rating is 5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 5
Value rating is 5 rating is 5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

There’s a noticeable jump in quality over the previous Daytona 675R, but some of the more hidden areas are built down to a price. The Daytona hasn’t been without its reliability problems along the way in a few instances, but on the whole it’s a very dependable machine.

Value

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

For the amount of performance you get, the Daytona 675R is excellent value for money and the cheaper, standard version even better. It’s easier to ride fast than a litre bike and better spec’d than a Suzuki GSX-R750 and Ducati 848, so it’s arguably one of the quickest A to B motorcycles you can buy.

Insurance

Insurance group: 15 of 17

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Model History

2006 – Daytona 675 launched
2009 – Facelifted Daytona 675 launched with an extra 3bhp, less weight and revised bodywork and ECU.
2011 – ‘R’ version launched with Ohlins suspension, Brembo brakes, a quickshifter and carbon fibre front mudguard, hugger, exhaust cap and fairing infils.
2013 – All-new Daytona 675 and 675R launched.

Other Versions

Daytona 675

Specifications

Top speed 165 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 126 bhp
Max torque 55 ft-lb
Weight 184 kg
Seat height 820 mm
Fuel capacity 17.4 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 15 of 17
Engine size 675 cc
Engine specification 12v, inline three-cylinder
Frame Cast aluminium twin spar frame and double-sided swingarm
Front suspension adjustment Fully adjustable 43mm Ohlins forks
Rear suspension adjustment Fully-adjustable single rear Ohlins shock
Front brakes 2 x 310mm discs with four-piston Brembo monobloc calipers and racing ABS.
Rear brake 220mm single disc with single-piston Brembo caliper and racing ABS.
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 5(1 review)

  • Amazing !!!

    Ralphy79

    Average rating rating is 5

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    Got my Daytona 675R 3 weeks ago, already done around 1000Km. The bike looks great, the details the quality of plastics, and the carbon fiber is amazing. The bike handling is fantastic and its so easy to ride and so much fun. The seat is a bit hard and becomes annoying on long rides, Already ordered the comfy seat:) All in all, its an amazing bike and a feast for the eyes :)

    22 March 2013

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