TRIUMPH DAYTONA 675 (2006 - 2008) Review
At a glance
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|Annual servicing cost:||£350|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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 & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
The Triumph Daytona 675's three cylinder engine is a masterpiece of compact simplicity and features a stacked gearbox, close ratio gears 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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
The build quality is excellent on the Triumph Daytona 675 and the classy gold and grey paint schemes seem to have gone down well with UK bikers, seeking an alternative to more garish colours.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
There was a factory race exhaust and matching engine re-map kit available for the Triumph when new so watch out for these options on second hand models. The classy instrument cluster make the motorcycle feel a cut above some other 600 sportsbikes. A pillion perch is fitted, albeit a bit precarious, but one feature the Triumph Daytona 675 lacks is a slipper clutch.
|Engine type||12v in line triple, 6 gears|
|Frame type||Aluminium twin spar|
|Fuel capacity||17.4 litres|
|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|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||40 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£101|
|Annual service cost||£350|
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How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two year unlimited mileage|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||123 bhp|
|Max torque||53 ft-lb|
|Top speed||160 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||11 secs|
|Tank range||125 miles|
Model history & versions
2006: Triumph Daytona 675 launched.
2007: Triumph Street Triple launched (a naked, roadster version of the Triumph Daytona 675).
Owners' reviews for the TRIUMPH DAYTONA 675 (2006 - 2008)
22 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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Annual servicing cost:||£350|
Annual servicing cost: £350
A dream machine for would be cafe racers - I wish this had been around when I was a Rocker in the 60s. I'm 75 and I do find the riding position a mite cramped for long distance now. This is my second '06 Daytona 675, my first being stolen. When I was 60-66 I used to ride her to Auckland (NZ) and back at around 370km round trip without issue, but I am not sure I could do it now, 160km perhaps.
See a bend and the bike takes itself round it. Want to stop? No problem. Pillions need to be small and lightweight as the pillion seat is small and the footrests high. See above for how long I can ride without discomfort.
Absolutely magic! I love winding her up over 6k just to hear the intake howl. One of my sons rides her more than me. On a race track (!) he has had 245km out of her before shutting off for the bends.
I got my second 675 in 2020 with only 15,000km on the clock. On taking it in for a service they found that it had two factory upgrades needed fitting (which they did).
NZ$ Cost is par for the course.
I have a seat cowl on this one as it is rare to find anyone able to fit the pillion. I've had Mezler tyres but think top end Pirellis suit her best.
Buying experience: My first '06 675 I bought from Hamilton Motorcycles (NZ) just by seeing a picture of her in the Triumph magazine. My bike was from the first batch made and one of only 6 in NZ at the time. My bike was stolen in 2012. My second '06 675 was bought in 2020 from Trademe (NZ's E-Bay) during the Covid lock-down when bikes were being sold cheap due to folk being unsure of employment. I paid NZ$4500 after wining the auction. There was a small amount of case damage, not obvious in the pix, but via Aliexpress I was able to get a replacement cover at a fraction of the cost from the dealers.
This was my first bike after passing my test, so I am not basing my review on a wealth of riding or ownership experience. What the bike may lack in terms of safety features and modern electronic wizardry, for me it more than makes up for in terms of great handling, good fuelling about town and at 123 bhp more than enough grunt for me. Had it on track a couple of times and again for my level of riding it does everything I expect a sports bike should, and at this level of power it is exhilarating without being scary.
Plenty of adjustment available in the suspension so no issues here on road or on track. I do a lot of cycling, so the riding position causes no issues, however I am 6’1’ so after a couple of hours with knees in leathers I do have to do a bit of stretching. Once you get it on track it comes into its own.
As per every comment it has great torque for a 600 and a great soundtrack. For me the 123bhp is enough and can’t even comprehend what +200bhp feels like.
Had the bike two and a half years and I have had no issues, other than investing in a trickle charger as the battery is small and pays the price for this.
At £3k used it is a lot of bike and servicing this far has been as expected.
It doesn’t really have any ‘features’ like many bikes of its era. I have added Oxford heated grips and a Quadlock stem mount. Tyre wise I fitted Dunlop Sportsmart 3 ahead of a track day which seemed to the trick and give plenty of confidence, however I only ride in the summer when it’s dry.
Buying experience: Charlie’s Motorcycle in Bradford. Great lad and top price.
haven't decided if this is the best bike i've ever owned or the 916
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 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!
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 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
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 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!
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 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!!!
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 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.
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 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!!!!!!!!!!!
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 regret it .
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 what more its british. I want one next.
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 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
when it came to the ideal bike there was always 2 options 1) almost souless engineering perfection in the Japanese options ...but soulless nonetheless 2) pure emotion and styling as seen in the Ducati's and benellis of this world untill they clunk to a halt or require a mortgage to service! well here is the perfect mix ..... all the performance and reliability of the japs with the emotion of Europe ...all done in a very british way ...second only in looks to the ducati desmo and the only minor thing i can say is not the kost comfortable of seats ... but if you want a comfortable seat ...buy an mpv!!!!
It is very good! And until I crashed mine (car pulled our in front of me) it was a great source of happiness. Ride - nimble, quick turning, and firm - lean it in, keep the speed up and it just stick to the road. Equipment - everything you need (computer is v.good) Carbon bits are extra though Quality - it up there Reliability - time will tell but all good so far. Value - It’s competitively priced, but you seem to be able to get great pre-reg deals on Jap 600's that I haven't seen on this (yet). Saying that, I did get a lot thrown in by bargaining and going for a gold one (which I had sprayed blue - all in the price) and if your talking pounds for smiles then its a complete barign. Engine - Amazing, lots of power.... everywhere.
This is a great bike and the fact that triumph have managed to produce a seriously compettive bike in this class is amazing...I would never have bought a triumph until i saw this....the engine is awesome and the handling great...it is however the most uncomfortable sports bike ive ever ridden. I never even considered comfort levels when purchasing previous bikes (GSXR, R6, RSV etc) as I never though it really mattered on a sports bike, but this thing is brutally uncomfortable...the suspension isnt the the best setup as standard but can be sorted...still rather own this then another souless Jap 600 though :-)
Handles, steers, brakes, turns in, accelerates as well as any bike should on road or track. Well finished, smooth, flexible engine that sounds good with glitch free fuelling. The street Triple may address long distance comfort issues rather better, but I use mine for work rest and play and it flatters me in looks and ability. A seriously good motorcyce that I'm proud to own and Triumph should be proud of making. I look forward to seeing more of them in British supersports events very soon!
This has to be the best of British.This is my third triumph and they just get better all the time.
Having had a TL1000s for 7 years, then went onto Ducati 749 last july as had lusted after 1 since 916 launch I tried the demo 675 as the sevice was due for my Ducati. This ride turned out to be the best decision I've made. Initially with waiting for a Ducati so long I thought the 675 would not sway me. Entering the first corner I thought there was something wrong with the bike as it just dropped into the corner sooooooo easily, it turns so quickly. The 749 was really stable aka on rails on corners but changes of direction and initially getting it over into the corners was a lot slower. The exhaust note of the triple was really wicked as demo bike had Triumph's own end can sounds mint & much cheaper than arrow full system. The torque is noticeable from 3000rpm upwards and as the revs rise so does the howl from the can. Braking, steering and overall performance is very pleasing. also had a lot more nice comments about bike from bikers and non bikers alike. Even wife likes pillion perch. Strengths: Performance handling sound looks and style smooth fuel injection tank range comfort. Weaknesses: Gearbox bit notchy.
My last bike was a 955i and I tired of waiting for the updated version, so thought I'd trade down..(!) As it turns out, the 675 feels faster (and I'm still running it in), easier to ride and builds confidence - Go into a corner fast and it always feels like you could have gone in faster. Not as comfortable as the "touring" 955i but the extra grin factor makes up for it. No problems so far but it's early days. Strengths: Handling, looks, engine, sound and flying the flag. Weaknesses: Ride was to hard for me on standard settings (11st), soft setting has improved things, for British roads at least. Allen key only under the seat(!). Seat height not good for the vertically challenged.. which I'm not, thankfully.
I've had this slender beauty for a month now and now have the benefit of being able to compare it to R6's and CBR RR6's that I have owned. I've concluded that there is no comparison in that the Triumph just mashes the competition when hurling itself out of bends. Thank God for mid range. The light clutch and super smooth fueling also mean flying starts from the lights are a piece of cake. Overall it's a great bike for everyday use. Buy one. Strengths: Lightning fast steering, truly great brakes and lots of mid range torque. It's British! Weaknesses: The speedo readout is in the wrong place and accessing the side stand is slightly annoying (I'm being picky as you can see).
I picked up the 675 three weeks ago - and wow, what a bike! It is the complete package. Looks, sound, performance, handling and grip. I had heard one or two critisms, so would like to address those.... The gearbox is occasionally sticky when block changing gear (at rest). However, I have already done three journeys over two hundred miles and have been perfectly comfortable. My last bike was the 955i, and this is more comfortable. I am over six foot, and find the bikes height and sitting position suit me well. It also has fantastic lights (the 955i had very poor yellowy lights). The acceleration is fantastic, but with the torquey grunt from the triple pots, I can stick the bike into 6th gear at 30 miles an hour and not need to have to change gear. She adores corners. It wasn't long before the wear on the tyre extended right down to the edge, and she exudes confidence. The 675 is a fantastic bike - sexy, glorious in red, and confident in her capabilities. My third Triumph! Strengths: Looks, handling, noise, comfort. Weaknesses: Gearbox, condensation in headlights.
Gone from cbr-rr gsx-r to this bike no comparision fantastic looks,engine is a dream it handles like its stuck to the road the noise is out of this world. Strengths: Looks, feel, exhaust note ride and the parts are of a high quality. Weaknesses: Gear box a little stiff compared to the Suzuki but better than the Honda?