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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The Triumph Daytona 600/650 is lighter, smoother, faster and infinitely prettier than the TT600. What’s more, Bruce Anstey won the Junior TT on one in 2003 which goes to show what improvements Triumph made to their 600cc sports middleweight contender. The Triumph Daytona 600/650 is a beauty: an involved ride with excellent handling, amazing brakes and it’s good value.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

After the injection problems that let the TT600 down, the Triumph Daytona 600/650's Keihin system’s brand new. And it’s much better. There’s still a bit of a flat spot in the midrange, but it’s not dire, and the bulk of the Triumph Daytona 600/650's power is still very much up top but, in all, the power band’s wide, accessible for most riders and comes with smooth delivery.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Taking the excellent handling and brakes from its predecessor, the Triumph Daytona 600/650’s road manners are hard to fault. Suspension’s a treat too: sharp enough for the track yet smooth enough to deal with any potholes. The gearbox is a bit snatchy, though. Comfort’s better than you’d expect given the Triumph Daytona 600/650's bigger (for a sports 600) dimensions.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Triumph Daytona 600/650 dash includes a digital speedo, clock and trips, analogue rev counter and a fuel light. Head lamp and mirrors are good but pillions will suffer on a high perch with no grabrail. A seat cowl’s included with the bike. The Triumph Daytona 600/650 screen’s pretty low and won’t provide much protection on the motorway.

Triumph Daytona 600/650 (2003-2005)

Detail Value
Dealer used prices
£3,400 (2005) - £3,830 (2005)
Private used prices
£2,890 (2005) - £2,980 (2005)
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Engine size 599 cc
Power 110 bhp
Top speed 160 mph
Insurance group 15 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 4
Value rating is 4 rating is 5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

With a selection of decent components, the Triumph Daytona 600/650’s beautifully put together. Show it some bad weather and it’ll suffer a bit, however, with extremities suffering early corrosion. The paint’s not great either. Triumph Daytona 600/650 mechanical parts are sound though.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

When new, the Triumph Daytona 600 was sensibly priced against its rivals, coming in at nearly a grand under Yamaha’s R6. Triumph Daytona 600/650s keep their value pretty well, too, and aren’t quite as ubiquitous as the Japanese fours. Some owners pay a premium for buying British.

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Insurance

Insurance group: 15 of 17

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Model History

2003: Triumph Daytona 600 takes over where the TT600 left off… But with better results. Morphed in to the Triumph Daytona 650 in 2004 (see Other Versions).

Other Versions

Triumph Daytona 650: The engine was bored out to 646cc, it got a new silencer and clutch, improved gear linkage, more power, more torque and revised fuel injection. Cosmetic tweaks too. Discontinued after a year to make way for the Triumph Daytona 675 triple.

Specifications

Top speed 160 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.58 secs
Max power 110 bhp
Max torque 51 ft-lb
Weight 165 kg
Seat height 815 mm
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Average fuel consumption 35 mpg
Tank range 140 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 15 of 17
Engine size 599 cc
Engine specification 16v inline four, 6 gears
Frame Aluminium twin spar
Front suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, compression
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, compression
Front brakes Twin 308mm discs
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(3 reviews)

  • Fantastico!

    matthewdaytona

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    After passing my A2 licence test i was struggling to find the right bike for me. I was having to restrict the bike to 33bhp, i was lucky that Triumph made this for the bike when it was released. The bike is amazing, i have a set of pilot roads on it and they work a treat! they heat up pretty quickly but last quite a long time! (i have done about 1500 miles now and they have only just got the shine off them!) Engine is fantastic even restricted, its free flowing all the way round the rev range with a slight dip in mid range however i have the 600 model and the 650 apparently has solved this. The only issue i have found is that it overheats alot when in traffic or at a standstill. this is normal of a sports bike but this will heat up to 120 degrees and as a result cut out on me when i tried to pull away. Apart from that this is an amazing machine, both for the new riders and for more experienced. i managed to pick mine up for £1900 with 19,000 miles on the clock and it doesn't batter an eye lid. i will make sure it has the major service at 24,000 but i have not had any problems with it so far. (touch wood!)

    21 June 2012

  • truely amazing

    mxtomb

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    i got my daytona 600 in may and have not looked back since. it is my first big bike. the power is great and the handling is truely outstanding. whould recommend to anyone how is after a sports bike that you wont see many of.

    05 September 2011

  • A Little Gem

    David washbrook

    Birmingham ,

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Bought an 04 daytona 600 last week, after letting it stretch its legs a bit i can honestly say that I'm in love. Awesomely fast for my first big bike yet still as comfy as the gs 500 I part exed to get this baby. Brakes are great, handles beautifully and sounds gorgeous. Plus it gets all the love when you stop. My only real gripes are the slightly clunky gearbox and the fact theres nowhere to put my gps. Otherwise, BUY ONE! Preferably in yellow cos thats the fastest colour

    10 September 2007

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northeastbiker

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not sure

Bought an k4 daytona 600 last month put about 1200miles on it still not sure if i like it :( fancy going back to a k3-k6 kawasaki z750

02 April 2013 02:06

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