TRIUMPH DAYTONA 675 R (2013 - on) Review
At a glance
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|Annual servicing cost:||£800|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
Faster, better handling, easier to ride and with an even angrier engine note, the 2013 Daytona 675R took Triumph’s supersport weapon to another level. Launched alongside the standard Daytona 675, it was the first major update since the 675’s release in 2006. 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.
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Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
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 Ohlins 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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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. 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 qualityNext up: Value
There’s a noticeable jump in quality over the previous 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.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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 starting to appear on the used market for £5500 and up, which is excellent value for such a well sorted machine.
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.
|Engine type||12v, inline three-cylinder|
|Frame type||Cast aluminium twin spar frame and double-sided swingarm|
|Fuel capacity||17.4 litres|
|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||£93|
|Annual service cost||£800|
|Used price||£4,000 - £8,300|
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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
2006 – Daytona 675 launched
2009 – Facelifted Daytona 675 launched with an extra 3bhp, less weight and revised bodywork and ECU.
2011 – ‘R’ version launched with Ohlins suspension, Brembo brakes, a quickshifter and carbon fibre front mudguard, hugger, exhaust cap and fairing infils.
2013 – All-new Daytona 675 and 675R launched.
Owners' reviews for the TRIUMPH DAYTONA 675 (2013 - on)
4 owners have reviewed their TRIUMPH DAYTONA 675 (2013 - on) 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:||£800|
I don't keep bikes long I've had this daytona 5 years says it all
Had bike 5 years only changed regulator rectifier
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.
Best handling bike ever. My arms aren't strong enough to use the brakes to their maximum. Nor my nerves.
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.
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......
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.
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.
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.
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 :)