The Triumph Daytona, a middleweight bike, had won Winner of Supertest's ""King of Supersports"" four years running, ending 2011. The 2011 Triumph Daytona is designed for the racetrack, but excels on the road as well. The chassis is narrow and lightweight, with a fully adjustable suspension. The 2011 Triumph Daytona brings three models to market: the base 675, 675SE, and 675R. The Triumph's SE is primarily set apart by cosmetics, while the 675R arrives ready to race. Actually, all the 675s look the part for racing. Knife-edges at the front of the bodywork are quite capable of slicing the wind. However, the R series looks especially aggressive due to more race appurtenances and refined bodywork. The red subframe certainly grabs attention as well. The 675 and 675SE can be called sportbikes, and the 675R is a racing bike. All three will have similar feel whether on the road or track, but the R is more single-purpose. Even so, using options, a considerable amount of cross-pollination between the three is possible.
The Daytona 675 supersport series was introduced in 2006. Swedish suspension specialists Ohlns worked with Triumph engineers to create a machine fully at home on the racing circuit with respect to the 675R. Upgrades include 43-mm, NIX30, gold-colored front forks and the TTX36 rear suspension setup. Brembo brakes provide all the stopping power needed at race speeds. A quick-shifter and carbon fiber bodywork come standard on the 675R, which has a custom color scheme designed to highlight race credentials. Glancing down between the grips, the rider will see an LCD multi-functional instrument cluster with a digital speedometer, trip computer, analogue tachometer, lap timer, gear position indicator, and gear change lights which are programmable. A fuel gauge is not to be found, but only a low-fuel warning light. On the front, on all three models, an air inlet is positioned just below the windscreen, between the purposefully stylish headlamps. Meanwhile, the limited edition SE brings cosmetic niceties intended to present a more elegant presence. The white and blue schemes truly glisten in the sunlight.
The Daytona 675s have identical mechanics. The engine produces 123 horsepower at 12,600 rpm. That translates to speed with any of the three models. The 2012 Triumph Daytona's engine is non-conformist, with three cylinders pumping out the power and a distinctive note pleasing the ear. Even though this the 2011 Triumph Daytona 675 is far from being a touring machine, the two-year unlimited mileage warranty is a good thing for the customer, as the temptation to rack up miles may be overpowering. The race version comes only in white, as does the SE. For the most menacing look, the standard 675 has a black-and-gold scheme.