I have an '05 model in racing yellow fitted with off-road carbon can, polished rims and tinted visor. No dings, stone scratches or been thrown down the road, so it's in good nick. First up, all the (good) reviews are spot-on - very fast, razor-sharp handling and more ponies than you can possibly use on the road. However, with a brick disguised as a seat, comfort is average, as is wind protection, and the head lights are good up to 50mph, however that's a small trade-off for the awesome, soul-stirring sound and their nimble agility in the curves. At 100mph, their bark arouses the senses every time! I have owned and ridden several Japanese land-based missiles, which around town can be like driving a 200Hp school bus. Sure they go hard and come with the 'must-have' toys, but until I owned the eye-catching 'Tony, these garden-variety behemoths, devoid of any soul or character, never once drew a second look or provoked a comment (even from the bride!) The cops even make endearing remarks when I'm lucky to be chosen to make a donation towards their revenue-raising targets! With some power and revs left, and running out of road (and nerve), 242kph (150mph) is when I decided to back off.
In Oz, for old and young alike, the '05 Daytona, with it's upswept carbon can and single swing arm is still a head-turning icon in looks and sound. Yes, on cold start-up they sound like a Maytag full of bolts, there's no gimmicks, no bling or accessories and no real creature comforts, like a fuel gauge! What you see it is what you get - there's no dumbing down or anything forgiving about the raw, unbridled power, frightful acceleration and one of the best handling platforms around. The 2005 955i engine is simply a peach; unlike the smaller screaming rice-burners, the 955 throttle is a tap that produce crisp, linear and unfettered horse-power, there are no flat spots, no manic power bands, just 150 willing ponies. This relatively small, but high performance engine will, without any hesitation, continue to pull, making real power up to the red line. The bike is light and can quickly flick through the curves with great stability and control. Life behind the windshield becomes interesting after 6000rpm, while this mill is just entering their comfort zone! They are not for the faint-hearted if ridden the way they were designed. The specifications of equipment fitted, such as brakes, forks and damper match the performance and provide a very capable and safe ride at speed. I have also seen several Daytonas with up to 100,000km and still going strong - a clear testament to their quality of build, reliability and enduring appeal.