2011 Triumph Daytona 675R

A race-ready version of Triumph's award-winning middleweight

By Aaron Frank, Photography by Triumph Motorcycles North America

Perhaps inspired by another exotic European sportbike maker, Triumph decided to inject some excitement into its otherwise stagnant Daytona 675 platform by releasing a spiffed-up R-version featuring upgraded chassis components and a unique look. The standard Kayaba suspension has been binned in favor of Swedish bling from Öhlins, in the form of a fully adjustable, 43mm NIX30 fork and a twin-tube TTX36 shock to deliver track-ready performance. The braking tackle has been similarly upgraded, with garden-variety Nissin bits giving way to Brembo Monoblocs, the fronts radially mounted and actuated by a radial master cylinder for even better modulation. An electronic quick-shifter has also been added; otherwise, the R is mechanically identical to the standard 675. And in case that glittering gold didn't give away enough, a special color scheme composed of Crystal White bodywork, a red subframe and a unique Triumph script on the tank helps differentiate the R-model from any distance.

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