The Daytona was Triumph’s first successful entry into the sports bike market. After trying to break into the Japanese-dominated sport bike market for a few years with the TT600, Triumph decided to return to its traditional Triumph values when designing the Daytona. By all accounts, this was a great success, with the Daytona fast becoming one of Triumph’s bestselling bikes since its introduction in 2006. The 2009 Triumph Daytona 675 received a number of minor updates to keep it competitive for the times, while still staying true to the soul of the sport bike that won the Supersport category for the Masterbike competition in both 2006 and 2007.
The 2009 Triumph Daytona 675 derives its power from a version of Triumph’s iconic in-line three-cylinder engine. In-line triples and parallel-twin engines are what Triumph does best, and this serves the Daytona well. The liquid-cooled 675cc Triumph three-cylinder engine produces 110 hp and 49 ft. lbs. torque. This translates to outstanding power on a bike as small as the Daytona. At the track, the Daytona accomplished zero to 60 in 3.2 seconds, and ran the quarter mile in 10.65 seconds at 131 mph. The Daytona’s version of the Triumph triple generates a smooth power and torque curve at any speed. The Triumph engines are known for producing a distinct exhaust note, which separates the Daytona from the types of engines usually found on Japanese sport bikes. An O-ring chain drive transmits the engine's power to the wheels. Shifting is accomplished with a close-ratio six-speed gearbox. The transmission design suits the Daytona both on the road, and at the track.
While the Daytona 675 has good straight ahead speed and acceleration, especially in the mid-range, handling and maneuverability is where the Daytona really shines. With a dry weight of only 356 pounds, the Daytona is Triumph’s lightest bike. Being light and narrow instills the Daytona with excellent handling. This is noticeable both at the track, and on winding street roads. The Daytona uses 41mm upside down forks on the front, with adjustable preload, rebound, and high/low speed compression damping. On the rear wheel, the Daytona gets a monoshock with piggy back reservoir, also adjustable for preload, rebound, and high/low speed compression damping. The suspension configuration enables the dexterous Triumph Daytona to handle all the turns and twists a sport biker might face.
Possessing both speed and agility, braking becomes extremely important on the 2009 Triumph Daytona. Fortunately for Triumph’s signature sport bike, stopping power is guaranteed with high quality components. Equipped with twin Nissin radial-mount 308mm discs in front, and a single 220mm disc in the rear, the Daytona has the type of high spec brakes that professionals and casual street riders can appreciate.
Ergonomically, the Triumph Daytona is comfortable. With a short reach to the handlebars, and a well-shaped seat, the Daytona places riders in a slightly more upright seating position than other sport bikes. Due to good design, however, even larger riders should not expect to feel cramped on the Daytona. This makes day-to-day street riding a bit more comfortable, with good wind protection, while still allowing the rider to smoothly shift from side to side on winding roads or tracks.