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Triumph Daytona 675

I told myself I’d wait at least a year before upgrading my bike (which, if you recall, is a Suzuki SV650). I nearly managed to wait out the year – filling in the last few months with test rides of various bikes. Until about a month ago my favourite was another Suzuki, the GSX-R750. Then I tried the Triumph Daytona 675. I don’t know what to say about it, other than I totally love it. Its also the only bike I’ve ridden that has made my SV seem unstable in comparison (and SVs are renowned for being a solid ride) – but despite feeling absolutely rock solid, its also incredibly responsive and confidence inspiring. Anyway, the long and the short of it is that I bought one, delivered a week before my year was up…

Not just any Triumph Daytona 675: mine

Boy am I having fun!

14 Comments

  1. Now that’s something I can be seriously jealous about. The Daytona shared my 2006 shortlist of two with a Honda Fireblade. Then something nasty happened: I got a mortgage.

    Enjoy!

    Comment by Steve Crook — 1 Jan 2007 @ 13:58

  2. Wow, am I jealous!
    Have fun.

    Comment by Lesley — 15 Jan 2007 @ 11:49

  3. Sweet, post more pics!

    Comment by Casey — 17 Jan 2007 @ 0:48

  4. Nice! How long had you been riding the SV? I have had my eye on the 675 for about 6 months and currently own an SV650 and love the twin and am intrigued by your comments knowing how great the SV is. How does the torque compare?

    Comment by Barbara — 2 Feb 2007 @ 21:47

  5. I rode the SV for a year. The 675 is less torquey than the SV – you don’t get that vicious engine braking when you close the throttle. To be honest it feels more like a four than a twin. Its also somewhat quieter.

    On the other hand, its nearly twice as powerful and the same weight as the SV. ‘Nuff said.

    Comment by Ben — 14 Feb 2007 @ 13:59

  6. hey there ben i have to agree i took a 675 for a test ride and rode it home the next day man what an excellent bike. most of my riding buddies have 1000 cc ball tearers and the 675 obviously won’t compete in a straight line but give it a few corners and the fun begins. in saying that if you wnt do in excess of 200 kph it will still satisfy. i have had harleys, japanese, other triumphs and this bike is one of, if not the best fun on two wheels.

    Comment by kevan — 25 Feb 2007 @ 1:40

  7. Another great story about the 675, I was given a chance to race one last year in the australian Superstock, and FX Cup last year and while travaling around OZ I didnt talk to one person that didnt love the looks the sound and the looks. I was even lucky enough to find a cheap second one for the spare bike and rode it a few times on the road, the first was a bit disapointed at first, remember I was racing it before this, then I thought what about puting the 15 tooth front on and the Madaz muffler on, so I did and whent out again, I still smile when I remember that first ride. Stay upright and enjoy the attention that you while always get when you ride.

    Comment by Chris (BANDIT) Panayi — 28 Mar 2007 @ 22:49

  8. hey, iv been riding the 06’599(hornet)for about 8 months and loving it,my first bike, but been having these weird dreams involving a 675. i must have one! how well does it handle on the roads over there. is it as good as the articles said it was? havnt heard much over here in the states,just a constant railroading about the yamaha r6,and the rest of the jap bikes. stay safe!

    Comment by matt taylor — 11 Apr 2007 @ 0:13

  9. I’m 100% with you, and have just made exactly the same decision. I’ve been riding my SV650S now for 3 years, and in a way, wish I’d never bought it – simply because I’ve found it so difficult to find a reason to move onto something else, given the smiles it gives me. I was trying to wait out this summer, before moving onto a GSX-R750, but then rode the Triumph 675 2 weeks ago. Placed my order earlier this week. Collecting it next Friday. It is without a doubt the most amazing bike I have ever riden. The GSX-R does go faster, and feels a lot wider and with that slightly more stable, but the 675 just feels more precise. It’s like comparing a hammer to a scalpel. I’m now counting the days, and I’m sure by Wednesday will be down to counting hours.

    Comment by Seth — 19 May 2007 @ 21:19

  10. I too went from an SV650S to the 675. I wrote up a detailed comparison at http://www.frostbytes.com/twiki/bin/view/Main/SV650SvsDaytona675. There are things I hate about the bike (especially the HEAT on a warm day) but every time I hear that triple I go gah-gah and this is the first bike I’ve ever owned that literally made me giggle while riding it.

    Enjoy it, I sure am.

    Comment by Jim Frost — 26 May 2007 @ 5:47

  11. Great purchase. I bought mine last August and she really is the love of my life. Enjoy!

    Comment by David — 3 Jun 2007 @ 23:26

  12. M M M Yes the 675 awesome allways had inline 4’s in the uk that changed when i came to aus in 2000 had a tl 1000 v-twin loved it then went back to erion fire blade 929 inline 4 loved how that bike responded and handled but missed the feel of the twin so bought the vtr 1000 wasnt to impressed with that decision wanted some thing different and a triple came to mind took a daytona 955i out for a test ride by the time i made my decision the 955 was obsolete sigh any way had read up on the 675 and thought how would i know unless i try it let me tell you i got off the demonnstrator gob-smacked and bought the demo fantastic to ride up the mountain roads (mt glorious brisbane) handles beautifuly and is a exellent compromise between 4’s and twins havent found any flaws did have the suspension tweaked for the bumpy mountain roads though

    Comment by mick — 7 Jul 2007 @ 23:56

  13. the 675 is without doubt a great bike.i had a gsx-r 600 and i believe the trumpet gives you a better ride.only one fault you must buy the gel seat as the standard one is as hard as a rock. keep safe.

    Comment by neil standing — 24 Aug 2008 @ 21:35

  14. hi guys i fell in love with the 675 just by walking past the shop window it burnt a hole right thruogh me i could not sleep for days just kept thinking to myself i have to own that bike that was in 2006 since then i worked my arse off and my 675 got delivered today a 2010 model . the funny part to this story is i dont even have a bike licence … yet .

    Comment by ashley — 9 Feb 2010 @ 16:43

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