TRIUMPH DAYTONA 675 R (2011-2012) Review

Published: 17 March 2011

Special Ohlins-equipped track version of already brilliant supersports triple is classy – but firm

TRIUMPH DAYTONA 675 R (2011-2012)

Special Ohlins-equipped track version of already brilliant supersports triple is classy – but firm

  • At a glance
  • 675cc  -  126 bhp
  • 37 mpg  -  143 miles range
  • Medium seat height (825mm)

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

Triumph has labeled the 675R as a track day weapon/fast road riding tool, and MCN can’t argue with this. The stiff Ohlins suspension and lithesome, agile nature of the 675R chassis gives the impression it is a sorted race bike. Couple this with impressive midrange from of the triple-cylinder engine and you have a bike that allows devastating corner speed at the track. Although for the road the suspension as standard is bloody hard and necessitates softening off. Simple touches of a red subframe, carbon front mudguard and fairing infill panels make the 675R special and instantly recognisable. Nice one, Triumph. Now can we have a 1000cc version, please.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

Again, exactly the same as the Daytona 675 and is pure supersport. The seat’s high and has low-set clip-on bars but isn’t uncomfortable, just intimidating at first. The ride is exemplary on track thanks to the Ohlins fully adjustable front forks and TTX36 rear shock. Both systems make the gap between road and track use easier to cross by being fully adjustable. Because of its track-bias, the firm set up can cause the bars to occasionally waggle. While this is not a problem for the steering damper to take control, it would have been good if Triumph had kitted the 675R with a fully adjustable unit to make the ‘R’ transformation complete.

Engine 4 out of 5

It is the same powerplant as the standard Daytona 675. Forget about peak power – although 115bhp at the wheel is not to be sneezed at – it’s the legendary flat but fat torque curve coupled with a midrange horsepower that makes the Daytona a breeze to ride day-in, day out without working up a sweat.
If you want to rip it up then the 675R will easily pump your adrenaline – especially on a trackday – simply by working the throttle harder. Something done very easily because the fitment of a plug and play quickshifter means it’s a case of simply opening and closing the throttle and foot tapping the gear lever.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

Chassis components are no different to Japanese counterparts. This leaves the powertrain open to discussion, of which there are few web-based grumbles about the previous version (2006-2008), but nothing but good news has been said about this latest model. Racing has thrown up a few blown motors, but then this happens with Japanese and European bikes – it is the nature of the racing beast.

Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5

The 675 is a brilliant middleweight in standard guise and worth the money, no problem. Add up the cost of the race-spec goodies and you are getting a good deal when buying the 675R with them fitted as standard.

Insurance group: 16 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 4 out of 5

It is the same powerplant as the standard Daytona 675. Forget about peak power – although 115bhp at the wheel is not to be sneezed at – it’s the legendary flat but fat torque curve coupled with a midrange horsepower that makes the Daytona a breeze to ride day-in, day out without working up a sweat. If you want to rip it up then the 675R will easily pump your adrenaline – especially on a trackday – simply by working the throttle harder. Something done very easily because the fitment of a plug and play quickshifter means it’s a case of simply opening and closing the throttle and foot tapping the gear lever.

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their TRIUMPH DAYTONA 675 R (2011-2012) 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 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 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

I love mine!

24 July 2011 by Westymr2

Awesome bike made better with ohlins suspension and brembo brakes! I love mine to bits. I test rode the new BMW 1000RR today and that lacked character compared to the trumpet. The only bits that could be improved for me are the non adjustable... Read more steering damper and the notchy quickshifter! (Compared to the BMW's silky smooth one!) Bit annoyed they are making more though. My limited edition is getting less limited! :(

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 5 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2011
Year discontinued 2012
Original price £9,799
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 126 bhp
Max torque 54 ft-lb
Top speed 170 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 37 mpg
Tank range 143 miles
Specification
Engine size 675cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled, 12v, inline-triple, four-stroke. Six gears
Frame type Aluminium twin spar
Fuel capacity 17.4 litres
Seat height 825mm
Bike weight 162kg
Front suspension Rebound and high/low compression damping, spring preload
Rear suspension Rebound and high/low compression damping, spring preload
Front brake 2 x 308 discs with 4-piston monoblock calipers
Rear brake 220mm disc with single-piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2003-2004: Daytona 600 – 599cc 4-cylinder, 110bhp
2005-2006: Daytona 650 – 646cc, 4-cylinder, 112bhp
2006-2008: Daytona 675 – 675cc, 3-cylinder, 123bhp
2009- to date: Daytona 675 – 675cc 3-cylinder, 124bhp

Other versions

(2013 - current)

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