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TRIUMPH DAYTONA 675 R (2011-2012) Review

Published: 17 March 2011

Updated: 21 November 2014

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

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The Daytona 675R is a fantastic supersport bike, designed for one thing and one thing only - going fast. With a stunning engine and plush, predictable handling, the Triumph is a joy to ride when blasting along country lanes and would be the perfect machine for anyone venturing into the world of track day riding. However, the uncompromising nature of the 675R means it's cramped and uncomfortable for long trips, limiting its appeal.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

Ride quality is the same as the Daytona 675 and 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 the 2011 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.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

The 675 is a brilliant middleweight in standard guise. Add up the cost of the race-spec goodies and you are getting a good deal when buying the 675R.

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

Equipment 4 out of 5

The 675R comes loaded with with top-spec fully-adjustable suspension from Ohlins and brakes from Brembo which help set it apart from the standard 675. There's also a steering damper as standard. But at the end of the day it's a focused sportsbike, so don't expect gadgets-galore.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2011
Year discontinued 2012
Original price £9,799
Used price £5,200 to £7,200
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 16 of 17
Annual road tax £91
Annual service cost £120
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
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)

Owners' Reviews

2 owners have 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.

Review your TRIUMPH DAYTONA 675 R (2011-2012)
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 4.5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

One of the best bikes I've ever ridden!

31 August 2016 by Steve Manlow

One of the best bikes I've ever ridden! and I've had quite a few ranging from full fat Busa's, SP1's, ZX10R's etc. I've fitted a Arrow race can, Triumph rear sets and a scottoiler. The bike looks and sounds great and grips brilliantly with the Pirelli OE tyres

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Brembo's are superb. I've also got a 2004 Fireblade and the 675R outstops it easily. Ride quality is top notch and better than the Blade
5 out of 5
Raucous, raw and great midrange, compared to the Blade it only lacks in straight line speed but outhandles it in every aspect
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
It's never missed a beat and can always be relied on.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Just got a rear Pirelli supercorsa off the internet for £113 ready to go on the bike shortly
5 out of 5
Quickshifter is great with a firm nudge of the toe. Probably not required for road use but it's great to have one!
Buying experience

I bought mine from a dealer and paid £7995 in Sep 2014. It had only done 845 miles and was/is in box fresh condition.

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 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! :(

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
5 out of 5

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