2013 Triumph Daytona 675 and 675R First Look

November 13, 2012
Adam Waheed
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(Top) The updated Daytona 675 only sees a $400 increase in price. (Below) Triumph will also offer an up-spec Daytona with Ohlins suspension and a quickshifter for $13,499.

Triumph announced the much anticipated and long-awaited replacement for its Inline-Three powered Daytona 675 and up-spec 675R sportbikes, the 2013 Triumph Daytona 675. The Daytona is a two-time Motorcycle-USA Supersport Shootout winner that for ‘13 gets an engine refresh and chassis in an effort to enhance riding dynamics.
A new, more oversquare engine employs a larger cylinder bore and shorter piston stroke (exact specification hasn’t been released). This change should allow the engine to not only spin faster but produce more top-end power at the expense of reduced bottom-end performance. Displacement remains the same at 675cc. The engine’s top-end gets titanium valves allowing it to spin to 14,400 rpm (700 rpm higher than the current generation machine). To help ensure optimum combustion at high loads, Triumph engineers fitted another trio of fuel-injectors to supplement the primary sprayers.

Other improvements include a larger air intake at the nose which sucks in more air and also improves the already impressive harmonics of the Triumph’s motor. The exhaust has been relocated from the tail to the belly of the motorcycle, further improving center of gravity. Peak horsepower is claimed to have increased by two ponies to 126 hp, meanwhile maximum torque has also been boosted by two and is now rated at 55.3 lb-ft.

Other drivetrain refinements include a ‘slip-assist’ clutch. While not a true race-style slipper clutch, the unit is said to reduce clutch lever pull while offering some degree of rear wheel stability during hard braking or deceleration. The ‘R’ model expands performance with the standard fitment of an electronic quickshifter.

The engine is hung in a new frame that is welded from fewer pieces of metal thereby increasing its strength. Both steering geometry and wheelbase have also been tweaked to sharpen handling and compensate for the bike’s improved weight distribution. Suspension continues to be sourced from KYB on the base model though it has yet to release exact specification on the componentry. Additionally Ohlins damping hardware comes standard on the ‘R’ model. Both bikes roll on lighter five-spoke aluminum wheels paired with the latest version of Pirelli’s track-grade Diablo Supercorsa SP tires.

Braking hardware has also been updated with the standard machine getting a pair of what appears to be monobloc-style Nissin calipers while the ‘R’ uses authentic monoblocs from Brembo. A multi-mode anti-lock system is available and includes a dedicated ‘track setting’ which allows for rear wheel slides during corner entry.

The ergonomics have also been tweaked with the height of the rider’s seat reduced slightly to 32.4 inches. The position of the handlebars has been modified to reduce wrist discomfort when riding. All-new bodywork gives the Triumph a more contemporary look yet still retains its signature double tear drop nose and partially exposed engine. Another aesthetic improvement is a new LCD instrument panel that can also provide tire pressure data with the installation of Triumph’s optional Tire Pressure Monitoring System. Triumph claims a three pound total weight reduction so expect a fully fueled curb weight of 404 pounds. Bikes should begin trickling into U.S. dealerships February, 2013, carrying a price of $11,599 ($600 price increase over ’12 model) for the standard and $13,499 for the R ($800 increase).