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Simply because I can, and hopefully to inject some life into the Revscene Riders forum, I am going to start creating some insightful and educational threads about brands, models, etc.
First... the TRIUMPH DAYTONA 675
Triumph, like the Queen, is wonderfully British. So typically British, in fact, that the company once entered administration ... a "new" Triumph emerged after shedding the fat, debt and dead weight and began overhauling the company's line of bikes.
Prior to 2006, the company produced a single middleweight sports bike; the Triumph Daytona 600 (replaced by the mildly overhauled Daytona 650 in 2005).
The 600/650 was an infinitely lighter, more capable and prettier replacement for the outgoing firm's TT600. The 600/650 made minor inroads in a world dominated by Japanese bikes but it was never Triumph's expectation that the bike would be a dominant machine. Rather, it was designed as the bedrock for designing and building the bike that would replace it, the Daytona 675.
The release of the Daytona 675 was something of a shock; it was British engineered, British financed and British built ... in 2006, that usually meant it should have been rubbish... but shockingly it wasn't.
The bike's design language actually borrowed quite heavily from the 600/650 that proceeded it but unlike it's Japanese competitors, this bike showed a lot of "flesh" with minimal farings.
Perhaps most notably, the bike abandoned the four-cylinder motor from the 600/650 and incorporated a completely new three-cylinder motor, instantly making it a unique bike both in terms of performance (gobs of torque) and sound (unique exhaust note).
2009 was also the first year that Triumph produced a Special Edition model, which was wildly successful (despite ugly graphics).
Triumph also quietly went about reworking the motor, making it slightly more compact, lighter and increased both HP and torque.
To celebrate the fifth birthday of the now well establish Daytona 675, Triumph launched the track-oriented 675R in 2011. This was no "sticker" special edition. This was a heavily revised, performance oriented version of an already capable bike.
In 2010, Triumph began introducing a new cluster to the Daytonas
The 675R was the first Triumph bike to sport the company's new, sportier graphics, it was bathed in carbon fibre, featured 4-piston Brembo monoblock calipers with 308mm rotors, a Brembo master cylinder (surprisingly this isn't always a given even when bikes do come equipped with Brembo brakes), Ohlins suspension, a quick-shifter and more. The Ohlins TTX36 shock was fully adjustable and the NIX30 fork provided a ton of versatility in adapting to sweaty track days.
In 2013 Triumph rebuilt the Daytona 675 and 675R from the ground-up ... new frame, subframe, bodywork, revised motor, side-mounted exhaust, etc...
...long in development, it would appear that Triumph has killed the baby Daytona 250/300cc...
Perhaps that suddenly hot sub-400cc class from Japan and from KTM posed too much challenge?
Meh, it would have cheapened the brand anyways. With the amount of high quality competition entering the market I'm sure margins in that category are pretty much nil. Their cash-cow, the Bonneville and its derivatives are fantastic bikes for new riders.