2013 Triumph Daytona 675R | First Ride

Better Than Ever

By Ari Henning, Photography by Matteo Cavadini, Alessio Barbanti

Chassis & Suspension

Triumph wanted the new bike to handle better, so it used the concept of mass centralization and an all-new frame with more aggressive geometry to achieve it. The headlight assembly, fairing stay, rear caliper, rear disc, rear wheel, and fork on the base-model bike are lighter, cutting pounds from the bike's perimeter. The new under-engine exhaust plays a huge role, as all of its bulk resides close to the bike's center of mass. The engine was moved back and the headstock moved forward in the new eight-piece frame to allow the fork angle to be decreased from 23.9 degrees to a truly sharp 22.9 degrees. Trail was trimmed from 89.1mm to just 87.2mm (3.4 in.), giving the Daytona the most aggressive chassis geometry in its class.

A new swingarm is more rigid than before and 15mm shorter, reducing the wheelbase to 54.1 inches. A new cast-aluminum subframe abbreviates the tail via better component packaging and also serves to reduce the seat height by 10mm, though this reduction is offset on the 675R by its longer shock. The clip-ons were raised 5mm for more comfort on the street. Less weight over the rear wheel called for softer springs and revised damping on the base bike's new Kayaba shock and the R-model's Öhlins TTX unit. This year, the base model Daytona gets a new Kayaba "center-fixed cartridge" fork that's lighter and offers better damping response than the previous unit. The 675R's Öhlins NIX30 fork has 10mm more travel for better control during hard braking and is longer overall.

Wheels & Brakes

New wheels have slimmer spokes with a sharper swirl. The rear wheel is indeed lighter, having shed a pound in the redesign. Pirelli’s latest Diablo Supercorsa SP Hypersport tires are fitted, providing track-worthy performance right off the showroom floor. All Daytonas will come with ABS in the states, with a Nissin ABS module tucked in front of the shock, as close to the bike’s center of mass as possible. The system features a Circuit setting with late intervention and programming that allows up to a 40 percent speed differential between the front and rear wheels, permitting riders to drift the back tire upon corner entry. The R-bike’s rotors have grown from 308mm to 310mm and have been widened from 4mm to 4.5mm to combat fade during extreme use. As before, the 675R uses Brembo’s monstrous Monoblock brakes and a Brembo master cylinder, while the base model bike gets Nissin’s new monoblock-style calipers and a Nissin master.


The Daytona doesn’t come with traction control, and Triumph says it doesn’t need it. Fair enough. Rather than develop an electronic anti-wheelspin system, the Hinckley team focused on developing a functional ABS, better quickshifter (on the R-model), and more refined fueling by way of dual injectors per cylinder. The dash has the same appearance as before, but a gas gauge now resides along the right edge of the display and there are added features that correspond to the ABS system. Updated ECU software was created to work with the Daytona’s twin injectors. The 675R’s “Intellishift” quickshifter now takes into account engine speed and throttle position to select the best ignition-cut duration and a soft reinstatement strategy restores spark to each cylinder over a period of 60 to 120 milliseconds for even smoother upshifts.

Bodywork & Styling

Triumph has always been conservative with updates to its bike's aesthetics, but change must come. The 2013 bodywork is all new, redesigned with the aim of giving the Daytona a sleeker, sharper, more sophisticated appearance. Immediately evident is the disappearance of the undertail exhaust and the larger, more bulbous headlights. The tank was mildly reshaped and plastic panels added to the lower edge. A new central marker light frames the upper edge of the intake opening, and the sharper tail terminates in a new LED light cluster. The fairing now has larger cutouts that reveal more of the frame and engine, and is secured with new machined fasteners. The view from the cockpit finds new mirrors and infill panels that completely cover the dash area, presenting the rider with a sea of rich carbon fiber on the R-model. The base model bike is available in white/blue, black, and red, while the R-model is only offered in white.

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