TRIUMPH DAYTONA 675 R (2013 - 2018) Review

Highlights

  • Faster, better handling, easier to ride than the old model
  • First major update since its release in 2006
  • Glorious three-cylinder engine with plenty of torque

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4.8 out of 5 (4.8/5)
Annual servicing cost: £620
Power: 126 bhp
Seat height: Medium (32.3 in / 820 mm)
Weight: Medium (406 lbs / 184 kg)

Prices

New N/A
Used £4,700 - £9,000

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
5 out of 5 (5/5)

Faster, better handling, easier to ride and with an even angrier engine note, the 2013 Triumph Daytona 675 R takes the firm's super sport weapon to another level.

Launched alongside the standard Daytona 675, it was the first major update since the 675’s release in 2006 and every inch of the machine is different. The Daytona 675 is still the undisputed king of the 600 sports bikes, and is a brilliant used bike. It’s simply an epic machine.


Watch our expert Triumph Daytona 675 R review below:

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
5 out of 5 (5/5)

By moving the exhaust Triumph managed to make the Daytona 675R shorter, squatter and faster steering. Very few bikes handle as well as this out of the crate and even fewer are as easy to ride fast.

Here’s a machine that makes its rider look very, very good. This R model’s Öhlins suspension and Brembo brakes move the bike’s limit way above the average rider. Road holding is excellent, the ride quality plush and the bite from the brakes incredible. The ABS has a 'circuit' setting, which disables the rear ABS and lets you slide into corners.

Engine

Next up: Reliability
5 out of 5 (5/5)

A 126bhp three-cylinder 675cc short-stroke engine only makes 2bhp more than before, but it revs harder and is ripe for tuning. It has a new cylinder block, pistons, gudgeon pins, crankcase oil baffles, titanium inlet valves and gearbox. There are new twin-injector throttle bodies, ECU and a bigger central air intake running through the headstock.

https://www.motorcyclenews.com/bike-reviews/mv-agusta/f3-675/2012/

A new slipper clutch has a two-way ramp for extra slip and grip on and off the throttle and lighter clutch springs. The exhaust is repositioned up and under the engine to aid weight distribution. The motor is less breathless than before in the midrange and high revs, but still has buckets of torque. It flies off corners and crucifies straights. 

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

There’s a noticeable jump in quality over the 2011-2012 Daytona 675R, but some of the more hidden areas are built down to a price. The Daytona hasn’t been without its reliability problems along the way but on the whole it’s a very dependable machine. Our Triumph Daytona 675 R owners' reviews show nothing to worry about from a reliability perspective, though. 

A side view of the 2013 Triumph Daytona 675R

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
5 out of 5 (5/5)

For the amount of performance you get, the Daytona 675R is excellent value for money and the cheaper, standard version even better. It’s easier to ride fast than a litre bike and better spec’d than a Suzuki GSX-R750 and Ducati 848, so it’s arguably one of the quickest A to B motorcycles you can buy.

They're also looking like fantastic used buys too, with 2021 prices showing early standard bikes now available for around £6000 and R models holding slightly higher values. Other used super sport 600s to consider also include the Honda CBR600RR, Suzuki GSX-R600, Yamaha R6, Kawasaki ZX-6R and MV Agusta F3 675 - the only other three-cylinder model in this line-up. All of these machines are no longer on sale in the UK. 


Watch a group test video of the Daytona's super sport 600 rivals here

Equipment

5 out of 5 (5/5)

Aside from the ABS and quickshifter, there aren’t any electronic rider aids, like traction control or variable power maps, but the Triumph is that easy to ride, it doesn’t need them.

There’s a multi-function LCD dash, adjustable swingarm pivot as well as the Ohlins and Brembos. The 675R comes with carbon fibre goodies. There’s also a wide range of official accessories including a race kit, for the first time.

Specs

Engine size 675cc
Engine type 12v, inline three-cylinder
Frame type Cast aluminium twin spar frame and double-sided swingarm
Fuel capacity 17.4 litres
Seat height 820mm
Bike weight 184kg
Front suspension Fully adjustable 43mm Ohlins forks
Rear suspension Fully-adjustable single rear Ohlins shock
Front brake 2 x 310mm discs with four-piston Brembo monobloc calipers and racing ABS.
Rear brake 220mm single disc with single-piston Brembo caliper and racing ABS.
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 37 mpg
Annual road tax £96
Annual service cost £620
New price -
Used price £4,700 - £9,000
Insurance group 15 of 17
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage

Top speed & performance

Max power 126 bhp
Max torque 55 ft-lb
Top speed 165 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 145 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

  • 2006 Triumph Daytona 675 launched
  • 2009Facelifted Triumph Daytona 675 launched with an extra 3bhp, less weight and revised bodywork and ECU.
  • 2011 'R' version launched with Öhlins suspension, Brembo brakes, a quickshifter and carbon fibre front mudguard, hugger, exhaust cap and fairing infils.
  • 2013 – All-new Triumph Daytona 675 and 675R launched.
  • 2018  Triumph Daytona 675 range discontinued.


Watch our comparison video between the 2013 and 2012 Daytona 675 below:

Other versions

This particular bike was available as a standard Triumph Daytona 675 and more expensive, focussed Daytona 675R - available in a white, black and red livery. The base model featured slightly cheaper suspension components and lacks the R's blingy Brembo brakes.

Triumph resurrected the Daytona name in 2020 for a limited-run Daytona Moto2 765. The chassis was derived from the old 675, with more grunt on tap courtesy of a 765cc triple taken from the firm's Speed Triple naked. Just two lots of 765 were built - one batch for the US and Canada and another for the UK, Europe, Asia and the rest of the world.

Owners' reviews for the TRIUMPH DAYTONA 675 (2013 - 2018)

5 owners have reviewed their TRIUMPH DAYTONA 675 (2013 - 2018) 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 (2013 - 2018)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4.8 out of 5 (4.8/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Engine: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4.8 out of 5 (4.8/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.8 out of 5 (4.8/5)
Equipment: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Annual servicing cost: £620
4 out of 5 Triumph Daytona 675 good Sunday or race track corner carver
28 May 2021 by Bertie

Version: Standard

Year: 2013

Annual servicing cost: £250

Turning Circle at low speed is crap but overall fantastic bike

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

The ride can be a bit hard but if you take your time to set the suspension up to your liking you will live it. The breaks are fantastic always there with lots of feedback from them..

Engine 5 out of 5

The engine gives you more than enough power for the roads in this country open or urban. Weather it's fine sunny days or rain it's all about managing the throttle yourself.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Yearly service costs only at the dealer

Equipment 3 out of 5

The clocks are good when the sun is in them it can be a bit hard to see the speed sometimes.

Buying experience: From a dealer

5 out of 5
30 June 2020 by Cluck

Year: 2013

I don't keep bikes long I've had this daytona 5 years says it all

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Handles excellent

Engine 5 out of 5

Brilliant torque

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Had bike 5 years only changed regulator rectifier

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5 The best British bike ever made
29 April 2018 by andrew west

Version: R

Year: 2013

Annual servicing cost: £1,300

Phenomenal. I owned a 2009 Daytona before this and the lift in performance on what was already an excellent bike is incredible. I've now done 40,000kms on it and numerous track days. Fabulous. The combination of performance and light weight is unbeatable.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Best handling bike ever. My arms aren't strong enough to use the brakes to their maximum. Nor my nerves.

Engine 5 out of 5

Unbelievable engine. Thrash it continuously. It produces more power and more torque than the new 765RS. I has been rated by motorcycle reviewers as the best road engine ever. They are correct.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Got an oil leak from the balance shaft gasket. Has blown three main beam headlight bulbs. Chain and sprocket replacement. Now at 40,000kms its not running smoothly at low revs. However, its been thrashed on track......

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Basically excellent, but at 40,000 kms starting to feel a bit worn. That cost is in NZ$ and includes a new set of tyres annually.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Brilliant ABS. It doesn't need modes and has none. I'd prefer it had traction (one level) for wet roads. I'd also like an auto-blipper (downshifts). But this is minor. Its specced superbly.

Buying experience: Dealer. Superb.

5 out of 5
16 December 2015 by FullThrottle675

Version: B2

Year: 2014

Annual servicing cost: £300

A great bike. Easy to ride, great brakes, fantastic engine, flickable and the best in class. Hear that engine, what a stormer.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5 Amazing !!!
22 March 2013 by Ralphy79

Got my Daytona 675R 3 weeks ago, already done around 1000Km. The bike looks great, the details the quality of plastics, and the carbon fiber is amazing. The bike handling is fantastic and its so easy to ride and so much fun. The seat is a bit hard and becomes annoying on long rides, Already ordered the comfy seat:) All in all, its an amazing bike and a feast for the eyes :)

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
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