TRIUMPH DAYTONA 675 (2006-2008) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

"Put Hinckley firm back on the shortlist of many UK sports motorcycle riders"

Triumph Daytona 675 motorcycle review - Riding

"Put Hinckley firm back on the shortlist of many UK sports motorcycle riders"

  • At a glance
  • 675cc  -  123 bhp
  • 40 mpg  -  125 miles range
  • Medium seat height (825mm)

Overall Rating 5 out of 5

The Triumph Daytona 675 has put Hinckley firm back on the shortlist of many UK sports motorcycle riders, who previously rated the 600 and 650 Daytona models as being OK, but no real alternative to a Japanese four cylinder 600cc sportbikes. Silky, compact handling, allied to kick-ass engine power and a howling exhaust note, make the Triumph Daytona 675 a real winner on the road, or track.

 

Watch Triumph's Daytona 675 take on Honda's CBR600RR, Yamaha's R6, Suzuki's new GSX-R600 K8 and Kawasaki's ZX-6R.

 

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5

The Triumph Daytona 675's narrow chassis, featuring frame spars set atop of the motor, rather than along the sides of the cylinders, gives you the impression you could be riding a grey import 400cc class motorcycle. USD forks and a firm monoshock keep you focused on the delightful business of going fast aboard the 675, which is very easy to do. In a word, it is accomplished.

Engine 5 out of 5

The Triumph Daytona 675's three cylinder engine is a masterpiece of compact simplicity and features a stacked gearbox, close ratio gearbox and high compression ratio of 12.6:1 – all of which adds up to giving the Triumph Daytona 675 a claimed 123bhp of throaty fun. The most impressive thing about the motorcycle is its broad spread of power and excellent fuelling system – a previous failing on some Hinckley sportbikes.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

The build quality looks excellent on the Triumph Daytona 675 and the gold and grey paint schemes seem to have gone down well with UK bikers, seeking an alternative to more garish colours. It will take a few years of sales to gauge if the Triumph Daytona 675 has a truly tough engineering DNA under its sleek fairing panels.

Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5

Demand exceeds supply in the UK so there’s little chance of discounts on the Triumph Daytona 675’s RRP, but the upside to that equation is that re-sale values are likely to remain stronger than on rival 600 sportbikes. Given the equipment on the Triumph Daytona 675, and the way it performs on road and track, you have to say this motorcycle offers top class value. Find a Triumph Daytona 675 for sale

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Equipment 4 out of 5

There’s a factory race exhaust and matching engine re-map kit available for the Triumph Daytona 675 and details like the classy instrument cluster make the motorcycle feel a cut above some other 600 sportsbikes. There is a pillion perch fitted, albeit a bit precarious, but one feature the Triumph Daytona 675 lacks is the fashionable slipper clutch.

Owners' Reviews

20 owners have reviewed their TRIUMPH DAYTONA 675 (2006-2008) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.9 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.9 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.8 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.7 out of 5
Equipment 4.4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Rate My Twinkle

13 August 2013 by Diablere

haven't decided if this is the best bike i've ever owned or the 916 Read more

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Best all-round sports 600

24 September 2011 by carpel21

Truly excellent engine with 80% of max torque available from 3k rpm. Perfect for very fast road riding and great on tight technical tracks. Can pull a couple bike lengths from the apex but will give them back on longer straights. A real fighters bike... Read more on track with super quick steering and narrow, tall chassis so brake deep, turn hard and cut up the inside on the exit to really take advantage of the motor. Needs aftermarket steering damper for real hard riders or frequent trackdays as it can get a bit flighty. Forks and brakes are excellent, rear shock is a bit stiff for most. Reliability was great for me. 20k miles and not a single problem but many have the exbv valve constantly seize though it's an easy home fix. Solve completely with a full exhaust system. Reg/Rec can fail on 06-08 models too. Servicing is a little more expensive than Japanese competitors but no-where near that of Ducati. Finish is good with average paint but Triumph use crap fixings like screws and header studs which go rusty Suzuki fast. I love the simplicity of the bodywork as you can remove the fairings and tailpiece with less than 20 bolts. I think the later R6's take 14 just for the tailpiece! Overall the D675 is the best sports 600 for the road. The inline 4 just can't compete with the torque and mid-range of the triple motor and the fast steering flickable chassis make it great fun on technical tracks, but it lacks the top-end for faster open circuits imo. I may well buy the 2013 model if it reaches 120rwhp!

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Pure Awesome

05 April 2011 by gravelrashjr

I may be new to the big bike world and I only got an hour on this thing but f**king hell is it good. The engine (especially when combined with the Arrow exhaust) sounds like thunder and feels just as fast. the front seemed a bit twitchy coming out of... Read more corners but that may just be where i couldnt adjust the suspension (it was my mates bike). I loved this bike and in the laps i got through i fell in love with it, the throttle is damn well near perfect and the power is so well balanced that i could fly through corners. Overall = The perfect 600 supersports

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Love this bike!

17 March 2010 by Kwai675

I got a 2009 675 for my first bike (2008 shape, gold calipers, updated decals) and I absolutely love it. Has so much more character than those common looking Jap 600s. Was originally gonna get a gixxer 600 or a cbr600rr, but so happy Ive got a... Read more Daytona now. Always get a reaction when I tell other bikers what I've got. The engine and exhaust note is unlike anything you're ever gonna hear. When I told people I'm starting on a middleweight sports bike I got the usual comments ("you're gonna kill yourself, blah, blah"), but because the engine has plenty of torque, you don't have to thrash it hard (like the jap bikes). Can be ridden comfortably fast and feels much slimmer between your legs than a 4 cylinder bike. Absolutely love it to bits!

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

kwak to a trium

10 March 2010 by stevekwak

have just swapped over from my kawasaki zx6r G series 1998, to a daytona 675 2007 and absolutely love it, the breaks are superb and the sound and pick up are top notch! im not a tall bloke, im 5.7 but can still stand with the balls of my feet on the... Read more ground and if need be i can just shift the bike over abit and stand with the one foot flat. wouldn't change the set up as its brilliant on the turnings, its handling is great for throwing her about without feeling like the bike wants to pull out on you. LOVE IT!!!

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Best bike I have owned

13 July 2009 by DaphneDaytona

Triumph have distilled the essence of motorcycling in this machine and the nucleus is the peachy triple engine. If you are thinking about it, buy one now before they change it. I have owned 30+ bike of all varities over the past 25yrs. If I had to... Read more design my own engine, this 675 would be it. Downsides? Well its a sports 600, so don't expect too much in the way of comfort but it is better on the move than when sat stationary. I've ridden less comfy bikes that have been designed for touring. Brakes are solid if not astounding. Handling is top drawer, it goes where you think before you blink. Suspension is good at soaking up the bumps but does get a bit out of shape if you push too hard on uneven B roads. Finnish is about as good as most modern throw away machinary. Looks a worth a drool if not quite Ducati slavvering territory. Have had my Daytona 2 years and have yet to test ride anything more fun inc New Blade, Ducati 1098 and R1. I can get the most fun out of this bike without needing to hit the hyperspace button. Any bike that brings a grin at road legal speeds as well as being plenty fast when needed gets a space in my garage.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Living with the 675

22 December 2008 by 675ryda

I love it!! do I have to say more...so much better than the soul-less 600's, cant be doing with all that thrassing to get anywhere you need a bit of torque in your life... Light, agile, great brakes and that great sound(Micron Race Pipe fitted... Read more shhh!!) - what else do you need the best trade off if you dont want a 1000 by a mile..Oh and it loves the Isle Of Man, we do it three times a year. Love IT!!!!!!!!!!!

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

perfection

27 August 2008 by bottomley3131

my bike is great its done 13000 mile not and missed a beat,it stays out side because of my lack of garage and there is not a single sign of ware unlike the yami i had for 5 month that rusted like hell,if your thinking about geting one do it you wont... Read more regret it .

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
4 out of 5

lovely

27 December 2007 by BikerBladerAsh

i took one out at the bike show this year, having never rode a triple i was intruiged, what a lovely motor, infact its addictive. the bike seems very small compared to my 99 zx6r and not quite as quick, but in the 30 mins of riding i fell in love and... Read more what more its british. I want one next.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

top bike

27 November 2007 by freddie675

wow!-from the start i was hooked-some say its not comfy and there are doubts about the reliability but i find the riding position better than my old CBR 600 and its been faultless up to now. so far its love. the dealer back up has been great, it puts... Read more a smile on my face when i open the garage and its a pleasure to ride thanks to its brilliant engine and agile chassis. 100% satisfied with it

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2006
Year discontinued 2008
Original price £7,199
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 16 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 123 bhp
Max torque 53 ft-lb
Top speed 160 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11 secs
Average fuel consumption 40 mpg
Tank range 125 miles
Specification
Engine size 675cc
Engine type 12v in line triple, 6 gears
Frame type Aluminium twin spar
Fuel capacity 17.4 litres
Seat height 825mm
Bike weight 165kg
Front suspension Preload, rebound, compression
Rear suspension Preload, rebound, compression
Front brake Twin 308mm disc
Rear brake Single 220mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2006: Triumph Daytona 675 launched.

Other versions

2007: Triumph Street Triple launched (a naked, roadster version of the Triumph Daytona 675).

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