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    2011 Triumph Daytona 675R First Ride - Motorcycle USA

    The middleweight sportbike wars just got a little more interesting when the new 2011 Triumph Daytona 675R kicked in the doors of the pub and proclaimed itself the new flagship sportbike of the legendary British brand. It features the venerable 675 Triple engine, the basic chassis dimensions and appearance as the original but with a few very important upgrades. The 675R is equipped with Ohlins suspension, 4-piston Brembo monoblock calipers, Brembo master cylinder and a quick-shifter all for just $400 more than its most expensive Japanese rival.

    Triumph enlisted the help of the suspension gurus at Ohlins as it addressed one of the few weaknesses on an otherwise excellent motorcycle. Up front a 43mm fully-adjustable NIX30 fork utilizes Ohlins’ proprietary technology, separating rebound on the right fork leg and compression adjustments on the left. Damping, rebound and pre-load adjusters are now located on the top of the fork as well, alleviating the need to crawl around under the fork to make adjustments.

    Out back a fully-adjustable Ohlins TTX36 shock, which was developed over the past few years in MotoGP, brings true racing technology to the real world. Adjustments are all easily made on the side of the shock but our baseline set-up proved to be perfect during our day at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway. This combination of NIX30 fork and TTX36 shock gives a much improved range of adjustability to the 675R and changes the Daytona’s race track disposition for the better compared to the base model 675.

    Front brakes received an upgrade in the form of the radial-mount Brembo monoblock calipers while the 308mm rotors are carried over from the base Daytona 675, as are the steel braided lines. Besides the Ohlins and Brembo hardware the Daytona 675R also features Triumph’s first factory-installed electronic quick-shifter and a slightly revised gearbox that features roller, rather than plain, bearings. First and second gears are now closer together as well.

    The Triumph Daytona 675R comes in one color: Crystal White. It features a red powder-coated subframe and matching red pin-striping on the wheels. The belly pan is black for a racy appearance and both the clutch and generator covers have been restyled. The image on the right shows the 675R with the accessory Arrow exhaust and adjustable rear-sets from the Triumph Catalog.
    Aesthetically the Daytona 675R also receives some treatments including a carbon fiber front fender, rear hugger and wrap around heat shield on the silencer. The bodywork is Crystal White and the rear sub-frames is now red. The wheels feature red pinstripes which are a nice touch to the racer-replica look.

    If you haven’t put it all together yet, let me do it for you now. The Daytona 675R is Triumph’s new premier sportbike. It has been geared-up for success on the track, so now the only thing left for us to do is ride the damn thing and let you know what we thought.

    Our two-day press introduction included a street ride through the Mt. San Jacinto State Wilderness on Highway 243 between Banning and Idyllwild. From there we pushed on down Highway 74 to Palm Desert. You can check out the Palm Desert Loop street ride in our Ride Guide if you want to ride the same roads. We rode over the mountains on roads cluttered with gravel as the California Department of Transportation tried in vain to keep us in check. Snow lined the highways past Idyllwild but the scenic vistas were on display so noone complained about spending the afternoon riding on some of Southern California’s finest sportbike roads.

    Out here in the real world the Daytona 675R is strung a little tight. The Ohlins suspension is geared for the track so it’s tall in the back and pretty stiff for street use up front. When we got on the cleaner roads outside of Palm Desert it became less of an issue as speeds picked up. I imagine that it would be pretty brutal around town on beat up surface streets, but for anyone intending to ride the bike on the street it would be necessary to adjust the suspension to suit their needs and I’m certain the Ohlins combination could be tuned down a bit.

    Otherwise the engine, brakes and riding position are very familiar. On the road the new Brembo weren’t really put to the test but the engine is on full display. The Triple is right at home a gear high, which eliminates most of the buzz from running it at over 10-grand and it always seems ready to accelerate. The clip-ons are low and the pegs are high so it still feels too cramped for my needs on the street and even though temperatures were cool I could feel the underseat exhaust. The instrument cluster is now white nomenclature on a black background and the fuel gauge is forgone for a low-fuel light. It still has a speedo, tach, clock on the little LCD dash along with the blue LED-looking shift warning lights across the top of the housing.

    Wind protection is good in full tuck but there’s not much there when riding upright. The airflow maintains a steady stream aimed right at your helmet and doesn’t buffet the rider too much. The mirrors are decent, too. Not a lot of engine vibes come through to the end of the stalks so the rear view is pretty clear and my stubby arms didn’t obstruct the view. My first impression is that the Daytona 675R feels like a harder Daytona 675 with race-suspension set-up and low and behold, that’s exactly what it is.

    Day two took place on the supersport-friendly confines of Chuckwalla Valley Raceway which is located three hours east of Los Angeles, three hours south of Las Vegas and three hours west of Phoenix. So if you are anywhere near the area, make sure to sign up for an afternoon of apex strafing with So Cal Trackdays on the region’s newest track. But let’s get on with the track impression, shall we?


    Right away the Daytona 675R feels at home on the track. After warming up the stock Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa tires for a few laps it was time to push the R and see what she could do. Of course the engine is great but the first thing that comes into play is the quick-shifter. In the past the Daytona has had a notchy transmission so the new internals and quick-shifter is a big improvement. Click through a few gears and the familiar Inline Triple exhaust note and intake honk really makes it hard to stay off the throttle.

    The engine makes great power (104 hp at 12,100 rpm) and has solid mid-range punch evidenced by the class leading 47 lb-ft of torque at 10,400 the bike produced in all of our previous tests. It falls off on top but the mid-range makes it an excellent track bike and an even better street bike. The Daytona is very forgiving if you’re not trying to win Superpole during your favorite track day. When it comes to the engine and transmission about the only thing that we would like to see is a slipper clutch, although that would certainly ratchet up the price tag.

    What Triumph did address is the finicky suspension that has been a staple of the Daytona 675 since it entered the market back in 2006. The bike always tended to push the front, run wide and cause suspension techs to beat their heads trying to come up with a set-up that works perfectly. Our previous shootout results confirmed as much but it is important to remember that it wasn’t bad enough to keep it from winning our ’06 Supersport Shootout along with a host of accolades over the past half-decade from magazines around the globe. Race track success was more difficult to come by and that’s where Ohlins comes in. With so much effort to get this top-shelf suspension on the Daytona 675R we felt the benefits would be best explained by someone with intimate knowledge of the components, so we let the Ohlins team explain the back story in their own words.

    “It’s pretty impressive for Triumph to step up like this,” explains Ohlins’ Matt Sage. “First of all they equip a Supersport class bike with a complete Ohlins Road & Track fork that integrates our 30mm NIX cartridge that is run at the AMA level by many teams. So right out of the box this bike is taking advantage of some impressive technology that people are only used to seeing on liter-class bikes. It’s a big step for Triumph to put this in the public’s hands. Inside the fork, for the first time is what’s really impressive, rather than use four 25mm pistons, two rebound, two compression, we use our NIX racing technology which separates compression and rebound so right hand leg is rebound, left is compression both of which are only 30mm pistons.

    “The shock technology was developed in Formula 1, winning races in MotoGP in early 2000s and made available to the public for the first time to an exclusive number of racers in ’06,” continues Sage. “For this to make it to production level equipment is pretty impressive. TTX, or Twin Tube Technology is completely different than the shimmed-piston designs that pretty much every other manufacturer uses on OEM level equipment. The advantage of TTX technology is that all the changes you make on a TTX shock are 100% isolated from each other. If you make a compression change it's only compression, if you make a rebound change, it’s only rebound. Whereas in shim-piston technology, like most manufacturers use, that rebound adjustment at the bottom of the shock actually is a common bleed that affects both sides. So it actually allows us to get a much wider range of adjustability.”



    I have to admit I am not going as hard as some of our more advanced racer-journalists out there but I found the Ohlins setup to be a huge leap forward compared to the base Daytona 675. Riding the two bikes back-to-back confirmed my suspicions as the up-spec suspension keeps the bike more stable and seems to offer a much improved front-end feel. That’s saying something considering I really had fun on the base 675, too.

    However, I wasn’t blown away by the Brembo brakes. That’s because the four-pot Nissin binders on the 675 are pretty good. The logical train of thought is that the Brembos should be head & shoulders better than them but instead, they just aren’t that different at the speeds I was riding. The Brembo calipers feel good and are a standard upgrade on many race bikes these days. They offer very good feel as a braking system and are plenty powerful so don’t get me wrong, it’s a nice upgrade for sure. But in the end I’m sure it was easier for Triumph to just bolt on the Brembos to the Ohlins fork and promote the upgrade as the two systems often go hand-in-hand with each other, rather than try to keep the Nissin units.

    When you take a step back and soak in all that the 2011 Daytona 675R has to offer though, it’s difficult not to be impressed. This is a European sportbike that is unique and entertaining to ride. It’s fast, fun and now equipped with top-shelf suspension, brakes and a bunch of carbon goodies. It looks every bit the part of a race bike with mirrors and lights plus it is light at 407 pounds ready to ride and at $11,999 has an MSRP that puts it right in line with the competition.


    It all adds up to yet another contender for our annual Supersport Shootout. With the re-emergence of the Daytona plus the revamped Japanese and Italian contenders during the past year, this is shaping up to be a throwback slugfest on par with some of our original shootouts. The upcoming 2011 Supersport Shootout will feature seven of the most advanced middleweight sportbikes on the planet and we can’t wait to see how the Daytona 675R will stack up against them.
    Filbert on Moto Guzzis;
    Originally posted by filbert
    it's like a ducati with the motor put in sideways for people who are too scared of the power of harley davidsons

  • #2
    Yeah a european sportsbike now made in Thailand.

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    • #3
      I stand to be corrected however I am pretty certain that the Triples are all UK built.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by kapyong View Post
        I stand to be corrected however I am pretty certain that the Triples are all UK built.
        They are as far as I know, theres a video floating around of the plant on you-tube somewhere.
        Found it:


        Interestingly they have made the gear spacing between 1st and 2nd smaller, honestly I don't know if thats a great idea... Will have to test-ride it to have the final say, but the 675 is a torquey bugger, and the bit long 2nd gear really allows you to feel it, feel comfortable sitting in it, and not reaching straight for 3rd...
        :stupid:

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        • #5
          Should be an awesome thing, except for the red subframe, looks crap, and $12k in the US $16800 here, when our dollar is worth more than the yanks, that just sucks.

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          • #6
            Ooooh Man, they are now probably my new favourite looking bike. THATS what i want! Mmmm Daytona 675arrrrrrhhhh
            Grumpasaurus Rex ^_^

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Stephyyyy View Post
              Ooooh Man, they are now probably my new favourite looking bike. THATS what i want! Mmmm Daytona 675arrrrrrhhhh
              I think that prize should go to the F3
              "Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people"

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              • #8
                Daytona's are built in th UK but that does'nt mean the parts are made in the UK.
                Love the sound of the triples
                Riding - Living the dream...

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                • #9
                  mmmm.

                  not bad... all that go fast, at the same price as any jap 600 in aus.

                  cant wait for the next generation of 600's.... its gonna be crazy, casue you no honawuzikaha aint gonna let that slide all to easily.... who knows maybe the F3 will be competitive... i doubt it, but maybe... my readings on it suggest the engine has the potential to put out HEAPS more revs than the wss trumpy and already has a simliar power out put to the race bike aswell, but how much will the consumer see of that...
                  The greatest excitement comes from besting who you were yesterday.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by 96 View Post
                    mmmm.

                    not bad... all that go fast, at the same price as any jap 600 in aus.

                    cant wait for the next generation of 600's.... its gonna be crazy, casue you no honawuzikaha aint gonna let that slide all to easily.... who knows maybe the F3 will be competitive... i doubt it, but maybe... my readings on it suggest the engine has the potential to put out HEAPS more revs than the wss trumpy and already has a simliar power out put to the race bike aswell, but how much will the consumer see of that...
                    Well its already making 133hp and they're looking at squeezing more out before November World exclusive: MV Agusta F3 in white - hell yeah - | Motorbike reviews | Latest Bike Videos | MCN
                    "Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people"

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by rc_sam View Post
                      Daytona's are built in th UK but that does'nt mean the parts are made in the UK.
                      Love the sound of the triples
                      Name one mainstream car or bike manufacturer that doesn't outsource any parts to China/Thailand/Korea etc.
                      Originally posted by Desmo
                      Why be a cunt about it?

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                      • #12
                        Despite where they are built I reckon they're very nice looking bike esp. Daytona 675-SE with Blue sub-frame. Spoke to a sales rep in Lloyd Chapman last week and he said Daytonas are shipped directly from Thailand and they're a couple of factories there already. I am just waiting for them to have a demo Daytona to do a test ride.

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                        • #13
                          check the badge.

                          all trumpys used to have a 'made in england/uk' or something badge.
                          the thai built bikes had a different badge
                          The greatest excitement comes from besting who you were yesterday.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by 96 View Post
                            check the badge.

                            all trumpys used to have a 'made in england/uk' or something badge.
                            the thai built bikes had a different badge
                            From some internet trolling...
                            In Brief:
                            -The engines are all made in the U.K and shipped to Thailand, the factory's are a carbon copy of the U.K one. There are 3 (Triumph Motorcycles (Thailand) Limited are a 100% UK owned company that currently operate 3 factories in Amata Nakorn Industrial Estate, Chonburi. Triumph's first factory in Thailand was opened in May 2002 and was established for the manufacture of motorcycle components including Frames, Fuel Tanks, Header Systems, Swinging Arms, Engine Covers and Chrome Plated Parts. A second factory was opened in 2006 where a wet painting facility and assembly line have been established. A third factory, opened in 2007 includes high pressure diecasting and machining. The company now employs approximately 800 staff in Thailand.)

                            -the easiest way to tell is by the letter in the VIN that is before the last set of numbers. The letter T stands for Thailand and the letter J stands for England (Jack Neil Road, I should have asked for the correct spelling).


                            Most of it from here
                            :stupid:

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by SOLID View Post
                              I think that prize should go to the F3
                              They do look quite good!
                              What's the whole model called? F3.. like how bigs the engine?
                              Grumpasaurus Rex ^_^

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