Sipping on your morning coffee, reading the newspaper, lounging on your sofa through sunrise on Sunday morning, and all of a sudden you hear familiar hooting of an engine approaching your street at a million kilometres an hour. Obviously, you rush outside to see the glorious machine with an ever exotic sound track pass by. That is what a superbike does to every automotive aficionado. The ‘vroom’ of big engines have, and will always soothe our senses.
The latest iteration of the Daytona arrived in 2013 with more of engine being exposed under the fairing, and a lot more. More sharpness, and more visual therapy. With that said, it doesn’t look aggressive for an almost 700cc supersport motorcycle, and does make you judge it for being more of a show stopper than a go getter.
There is a fair amount of exposed frame painted in red that protrudes out from under the seat. Faux carbon fibre bits are visible around the fairing making you realize that this Daytona is built for some serious business. The exhaust is placed down on the right, helping the centre of mass overall.
But who buys a supersport motorcycle to walk around and glance at it like it is a wax statue? The Daytona 675R packs in some serious performance in its new avatar. Triumph has now updated the engine to hit max revs of 14,400 rpm. This is possible due to wider bore and shorter stroke. The engine squeezes out 118.5PS of power in the Indian spec, which comes at an early 12,600 rpm and with the extra 75cc as an advantage. Triumph has managed to pump in lower-end torque which helps it pass everything on the road, and make you invisible to those behind at the twist of the right wrist.
The day seems to be fairly cloudy but the roads are absolutely dry. Perfect time. I get on the Daytona and the first noticeable fact is its weight. It feels super light. The ride position is spot on ‘SuperSport’-esque with excellent crouch area and room for the knees to ride leaning in or out. Seat height is good and my smallish legs can easily reach the surface (my height being 5 ft 8 inches). As I start the engine, the magnificent exhaust sings its first verse and as I accelerate, the chant becomes louder and more symphonic giving me an unmatched kick. It also turns heads as I pass by. Acceleration is brutal. Reminds me of Formula 3 cars that push you back as you put pedal to the metal. In this case though, the 675 flies ahead like no other machine in its class.
Incredible riding position and light-weight body ensures you have more control. Your wrists pain less and you have more fun around empty stretches or the back roads with a zillion bends. The 675R that I have here is fitted with Pirelli SuperSport tyres which in the dry are super sticky and an absolute delight on twisty roads. The advantage being the weight with this setup. This motorcycle is easily excitable for a lean at higher speeds.
Considering Indian roads are dotted with stray dogs, lazy cows and people jaywalking with earphones on, brakes need to be good enough to stop movement of the planet in less than a moment. 310mm twin drilled discs up front with 4 piston Brembo calipers and 220mm rear disc with a single caliper with switchable ABS respectively on each wheel assures momentum of this supersport motorcycle comes to a standstill in a snap.
On an empty stretch using 97 octane fuel, Daytona 675R did a 0-100 in 3.2 seconds, which for an ex-showroom price of Rs 12,14,000 is a deal to steal. A hardcore biker’s delight, a track worthy tool and a comfortable motorcycle to ride on a regular day. Daytona 675R is perhaps the only legal SuperSport motorcycle you can buy in India today. Let that hardcore self rise!
Specs of India-spec Daytona 675R
|Max Power EC||118.5 PS (87.2 kW) @ 12,305 rpm|
|Max Torque EC||70.2 Nm @ 9,900 rpm|
|Brakes Front||Twin 310 mm floating discs, Brembo 4-piston radial mono-block calipers, switchable ABS|
|Brakes Rear||Single 220 mm disc, Brembo single piston caliper (Switchable ABS)|
|Front Suspension||Öhlins 43 mm upside down NIX30 forks with adjustable preload, rebound and compression damping, 120 mm travel|
|Rear Suspension||Öhlins TTX36 twin tube monoshock with piggy back reservoir, adjustable, rebound and compression damping, 133 mm rear wheel travel|
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