RIGHT now, our road testers are for the first time putting Triumph’s all-new Daytona triple up against two of its rivals in the hearts and minds of the buying public: the Honda FireBlade and the Ducati 996S. And the early signs are that the Hinckley factory have turned out a machine which can truly take the big-bore sports bike fight to the Japanese and Italian giants.
Adam Morrissey, leading the test on the three wildly different bikes, said: " Each of these bikes takes a very different approach to just about every aspect of cracking the sportsbike nut. The engines, the frames, the noises they make and the philosophy behind the bikes are all very different, but they are still so close in terms of performance.
" It’s too early to give final conclusions, but initial impressions are that the Triumph has the gruntiest engine of the three, one which sounds great and is easily more powerful than the bike it replaces.
" The Blade is the revviest of the lot as you’d expect, and I’d say it feels as if it turns a little sharper than the Triumph, though we’ll be analysing that more. Also, as you’d expect, the Ducati is the one which attracts the most attention but it’s run a close second by the Daytona which while nowhere near as flashy as the Duke is still getting its fair share of admiring looks from other bikers. We’ll just have to see how it all pans out as the test goes on. "
The full test and final conclusions will be in next week’s printed copy of MCN.