2008 Triumph Daytona Review


By the 2008 model year, the Triumph Daytona sport motorcycle from British manufacturer Triumph Motorcycles, had gone through some major changes. The Daytona 955i, the most powerful version of the bike up to that point, had been discontinued two years earlier due to a considerable decline in sales. In the same year Triumph halted production of the 955i, it introduced the Daytona 675, which replaced the Daytona 600 and was still around for the 2008 model year.

The 2008 Triumph Daytona was split into two trim lines: the regular Daytona 675 (or Daytona 675 Base); and the Daytona 675 Special Edition, which has a distinct decal kit. The manufacturer""s suggested retail prices are $8,999 for the Daytona 675 Base and $9,399 for the Special Edition. Each bike was powered by a four-stroke liquid-cooled horizontal inline three-cylinder engine. It has a displacement of 675 cubic centimeters (thus the three-digit suffix), and generates 123 horsepower at 12,500 revolutions per minute (RPM) and 53 pound-feet of torque at 11,750 RPM.

Using Keihin fuel injection, the engine on the 2008 Triumph Daytona is paired with a six-speed manual gearbox and can be ignited using the bike""s electric starter. Each bike has a fuel tank with a peak capacity of 4.6 gallons (17.4 liters).

Available in a Jet Black, Neon Blue or Tornado Red, the 2008 Triumph Daytona uses an aluminum frame, which reduces its weight while still maintaining considerable sturdiness. The bike""s frame is significantly covered in plastic, with Triumph giving the Daytona a sharp-edged and aggressive look. Side covers, fork guards, upper and lower fairing, front and rear fenders, and a rear spoiler adorn the bike and constitute its aerodynamic look.

On top of each bike is a vinyl seat that provides enough space for two people. A tinted windshield is included for protecting the occupants against wind and flying debris. The standard digital instrumentation on the 2008 Daytona comprise a clock, trip odometer, trip computer, lap timer, adjustable shift light, speedometer and fuel level warning light. Also included on the bike are exterior halogen lighting, rearview mirrors, and under-seat and lockable compartments for storage.

For great stopping power, each 2008 Triumph Daytona uses all-wheel disc brakes consisting of a 12.1-inch (308-millimeter) dual disc at the front and an 8.7-inch (220-mm) disc. The suspension consists of a 1.6-inch (41-mm) inverted fork at the front and aluminum twin-sided swing arm with shock absorber at the back. Each 2008 Daytona rides on 17-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in Pirelli® tubeless tires.

Each 2008 Triumph Daytona has a length of 79.1 inches (2,008.6 mm), width of 28 inches (711 mm) and height of 43.7 inches (1,110 mm), with a wheelbase of 54.8 inches (1,391.9 mm). The seat is set at a height of 32.5 inches (825.5 mm), and its dry weight is estimated at 363 lbs. (164.7 kilograms).

For a bike that is powered by an engine with less than a 1,000cc displacement, the 2008 Triumph Daytona has a lot to offer: with a great focus on performance and swift handling. Those looking for a fierce sport bike that gives more bang for the buck, the 2008 Daytona is a great choice.

New For 2008

  • This is the third model year for the Triumph Daytona 675; no changes were made.

2008 Triumph Daytona Specs

  • Model: Sport (2008 Triumph Daytona 675 and 2008 Triumph Daytona 675 Special Edition)
  • Engine Type: 675cc four-stroke liquid-cooled horizontal in-line three cylinder
  • Bore and Stroke (millimeters/inches): 74/2.92 x 52.3/2.06
  • Compression ratio: 12.7:1
  • Valve Train: Double overhead camshaft (DOHC), four valves per cylinder
  • Induction: Fuel injection
  • Ignition: Electric
  • Transmission: Six-speed manual
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Fuel Capacity (gallons/liters): 4.6/17.4
  • Estimated Fuel Economy (miles per gallon): N/A
  • Brakes (Front): 12.1-inch/308-millimeter dual disc
  • Brakes (Rear): 8.7-inch/220-millimeter disc
  • Suspension (Front): 1.6-inch/41-millimeter inverted fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Aluminum twin-sided swing arm, with one shock absorber
  • Wheelbase (inches/millimeters): 54.8/1391.9
  • Rake: N/A
  • Trail: N/A
  • Seat Height (inches/millimeters): 32.5/825.5
  • Dry Weight (lbs./kg): 363/164.7
  • Tires (Front): Pirelli® 120/70 ZR17 tubeless on aluminum wheel
  • Tires (Rear): Pirelli® 180/55 ZR17 tubeless on aluminum wheel


  • Alarm/immobilizer
  • Aero Screen
  • Dust Cover
  • 16-liter/30-liter Magnetic Tank Bag
  • Gel Seat
  • Sports Luggage

Key Competitors For The 2008 Triumph Daytona

  • 2008 Suzuki GSX-R
  • 2008 Honda CBR
  • 2008 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R
  • 2008 KTM Duke 690