In one of the most contested classes, 600cc super sport, there wasn’t anything else seen despite four cylinders inline or high-revving V-twins. But things were about to change together with Triumph’s presentation of the Daytona 675. Uniqueness was the key and the results were fabulous.
With the launch of the Daytona 675 Triumph has brought to the scene an impressive new motorcycle to be elected instead of the Japanese and Italian motorcycles. Triumph has taken the best of both worlds and created a three-cylinder powered supersport motorcycle featuring an extremely sharp chassis.
The motorcycling public had long expected a new option and the occasion didn’t slip through their fingers.
The days of which I’m speaking aren’t long gone as the Daytona 675 was first produced and sold in 2006. Its purpose was to replace the already popular and great performing Daytona 650 and it proved that Triumph was going up against the Japanese championship-winners.
People were anxious to form an impression of the bike that caught their attention a year earlier when Triumph first unveiled it and there was a single way to do that: buy the think. Daytona 675 sold like no other and I could never hear somebody complaining about it.
2007 model year didn’t bring any changes and for 2008 the Triumph Daytona 675 comes in a Special Edition, selling in parallel with the normal version.
It was Triumph’s decision to go against the best in the business and although the Daytona 675 is competitive and looks like a real racer, it isn’t quicker around the track. Triumph knows best how to produce three-cylinder engines, but the Japanese rule when it comes to four inline.
2008 Honda CBR600RR
The Honda CBR600RR is a supersport bike with a lot of heritage coming from its 599cc liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder and high-performance chassis. Equipped with MotoGP-bred tech such as Dual Stage Fuel Injection, Pro-Link rear suspension, and HESD electronic steering damper, the Honda CBR600RR is a great representative of the Japanese supersport 600s.
For 2008, the Yamaha YZF-R6 is equipped with a brand new chassis and its 599cc liquid-cooled inline 4-cylinder; DOHC, 16 titanium valves is fed through a fuel injection system with YCC-T and YCC-I. It gives a hard time to the CBR600RR, not to mention the Triumph.
It wouldn’t be nice not to mention the 2008 Suzuki GSX-R600 which is totally revised and delivered as a compact combination of chassis and engine (599cc, 4-stroke, four-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valve), fitted with race-inspired technology such as advanced electronics, effective suspension, and radial-mount brakes.
2008 Kawasaki ZX-6R
Kawasaki uses the same recipe and fits the Japanese routine perfectly as it is fitted with an ultra-light 599cc four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, inline four. This one is also a sharp handler and a very popular 600cc motorcycle around the country.
2008 Triumph Daytona 675
It looks great when seen from two blocks away and things keep getting better and better as you come near it. Triumph is dedicated to the fact that motorcycles should not only perform, but look true to their abilities also. You will find the Daytona 675 completing with the English manufacturer requirement with ease.
If I was to compare it with a Japanese bike in the same class, I would name the CBR600RR, and I bet you’ll agree with me on this one.
Razor sharp looking and implying an aggressive riding position, the rider gets a piece of the action even before it starts the motor. No matter the color of the bike (Yellow, Red or Graphite), the matte black frame gives it a nice, aggressive note (in case it needed it) and the 17 inch alloy wheels featuring five spokes each, further enhance that look.
The 2008 Special Edition is purely aesthetic improved and it has all the chances to make the difference for those very demanding riders. Phantom Black painted and featuring gold finished wheels and gold colored decals, the Daytona 675 Special is a true step further for this model.