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.
After the injection problems that let the TT600 down, the Triumph Daytona 600/650's Keihin system is much better. There’s still a bit of a flat spot in the midrange, but it’s bearable and the bulk of the Triumph Daytona 600/650's power is still very much up top. The power band’s wide and accessible for most riders though and has a smooth delivery.
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 with corrosion, the paint’s not great either. Triumph Daytona 600/650 mechanical parts are sound though.
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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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 was included with the bike. The standard Daytona screen is low and won’t provide much protection on the motorway.