2005 Triumph Daytona Review


The word Daytona evokes striking imagery. For any automotive and motorcycling enthusiast, it suggests speed, power, sunshine, and the Daytona International Speedway, located a stone's throw from Florida's Atlantic coast. The team in charge of the design and development of Triumph's sport bike racer appropriately named it the Daytona.

Built for speed, the 2005 Triumph Daytona line serves as a true competitor to its Japanese and Italian classmates. It is offered in a middleweight sport class, as the Daytona 650 and the Daytona 955i. The 2005 Triumph Daytona 650 served as the final year for the Daytona's four cylinder power platform, as the 2006 models were re-engineered to become a smaller version of the 955i inline three cylinder. The 2005 production year served as a carryover from the 2004 model. The Daytona has remained popular among sport bike enthusiasts since its initial release, boasting entry-level track performance, and quality aesthetics right off the showroom floor.

The 2005 Daytona's 645cc liquid cooled, inline four cylinder, is a capable power plant that offers great performance capability, as well as incredible fuel efficiency. Many motorcycles classified as middleweight sport bikes are lost in the realm of excellent performance, and sub par efficiency, yet with the 2005 Triumph Daytona, the bike can be thoroughly enjoyed as a weekend track machine, or a daily commuter. The twin butterfly, multi-point sequential electronic fuel injection enjoys its fiery mix of air from a forced air induction system, maximizing the combustion of every cubic centimeter in the powerful four cylinder.

The fully adjustable front fork and rear monoshock will help riders customize their saddle experience, based on weight, riding preferences, and desired feel. Twisting the throttle, the well balanced four cylinder revs smooth, and throttle responsiveness is inspiring. Once the engine is warm, there is little doubting this bike's capability. It can jump off the line, work smoothly through its six gears, and be well above legal speeds within a matter of a few seconds. For those hoping to maximize the potential of the 2005 Triumph Daytona on a track, its top speed of 160 mph is based on stock specs.

Aesthetically, the 2005 Triumph Dayton 650 looks like it jumped straight out of a Michael Bay, Transformers movie. It has personality, and the front headlight housing boasts the features of a mechanical face: a face that suggests it prefers sharp corners, and exhilarating speeds. The full fairing motorcycle is impressive at first glance—angular, yet aerodynamic. In regards to the overall look, the appearance suggests influence from the sharp angles of Gran Prix race cars, as opposed to motorcycles.

As fast and intimidating as the 2005 Triumph Daytona 650 may look, it is actually an excellent option for desiring riders seeking a first sport bike. If the power is approached with responsibility, and rookies take the time to learn and feel what the machine has to offer, they will find a wonderful first ride, combining power, performance, economy, and efficiency.

New For 2005

  • The 2005 Triumph Dayton is a carryover of the 2004 model, and served as the final year of the 650cc power platform.

2005 Triumph Daytona Specs

  • Model: 2005 Triumph Daytona 650
  • Engine Type: 646cc liquid cooled, inline four cylinder
  • Bore and Stroke: 68 x 44.5mm
  • Compression ratio: 12.85:1
  • Valve Train: DOHC
  • Induction: Twin-butterfly, multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection with forced air induction
  • Ignition: Digital - inductive type
  • Transmission: 6-speed
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Fuel Capacity: 4.7 gal
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: 42/50 city/hwy
  • Brakes (Front): Twin 308 mm floating discs
  • Brakes (Rear): 220 mm single disc
  • Suspension (Front): 43mm forks with adjustable preload, rebound and compression
  • Suspension (Rear): Monoshock, adjustable
  • Rake: 24.6 degrees
  • Trail: 89.1 mm
  • Wheelbase: 54.7 in.
  • Seat Height: 32.1 in.
  • Curb Weight: 363 lbs.
  • Tires (Front): 120/70 ZR 17
  • Tires (Rear): 180/55 ZR 17


  • Performance Mufflers/Exhaust
  • Windshields
  • Performance Upgrades and Accessories
  • Decals and Racing Accessories

Key Competitors For The 2005 Triumph Daytona

  • 2005 Honda CBR600RR
  • 2005 Kawasaki Ninja 636