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2010 Triumph Daytona 675 Test and Update


by Marc Cantin ,

It gets even better for the more sporting riders, with options such as a ‘plug and play’ quick-shifter, and a sportier, EC-approved Arrow slip-on. You can also get racing-only parts if your budget allows you to really go to town on your track bike.

The 675's shape is clean and simple, and Triumph designers did not pollute the look with convoluted graphics. Good on them!

The adjustable front and rear suspensions, with separate settings for high- and low-speed compression damping, can be made to work optimally on every type of surface, from bumby Quebec roads to smooth race tracks. Radial-mount monobloc calipers in front work with the well tuned front suspension to provide sure-footed braking in all circumstances.
Always comfortable

Given the narrow three cylinder motor, the Daytona is noticeably slimmer overall, and hence more comfortable that the four cylinder competition. The riding position is definitely sporty, stretched over the fuel tank, but not uncomfortably so, as on some 600s where one ends up with too much load on the wrists. Slim and average builds will be happy with the position, for the track as well as for sport riding or shorter touring runs.

Check out the riding report side bar from Pascal Bastien, who rode the bike on quick mountain roads just north of Montreal.

A Special Bike – an unbeatable price
You do not often run across a combination of arguably the best bike in a given class, and sold 10% to 12% less than the competition. This 675 is easy to ride, in the city as well as on track, comfortable, and equipped with the latest in adjustable suspension and brakes. We will ride it on the track this coming summer (2010) and expect it to be right there with the toughest 600 competition, at least in our limited-skills hands. A pro level rider may be able to beat Daytona times aboard a more specialised 600, such as maybe the ZX-6R - Let’s just wait and see!

But when it comes to street and sport riding, Pascal (Bastien, not Picotte) and I agree: the combination of a comfortable riding position, masses of torque, a distinctive sound and feel, and a great price, make the Daytona 675 into a clear winner in this category.

OK, maybe it does look a little like a cartoon character when you isolate the front. Overall, the bike does look right - and as the Brits are fond of saying: "What looks right is right". Indeed!

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