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Old 07-03-2005, 04:35 PM   #11
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Default Triumph Racing?

I haven't done any reading on the subject, but I have my doubts about Triumph competing in super-sport competition. It's a lot of money, and they could end up getting spanked. I'm thinking that Hinkley might provide some incentives to privateers, and hope for the best.



I was rooting for a 750, myself, and that Triumph would go it's own way with the small triple - maybe going for a cafe' racer vibe. The bike looks like another cookie-cutter Jap bike, like we all need another one of those - and Triumph needs to compete in that arena: Shish! Anyway, I still hope it sells.



Can't wait for MO to do the test.



By the way, has Nostra Dumba$$ been behaving himself?



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Old 07-03-2005, 04:46 PM   #12
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Default Re: Is this the new Daytona 675?

Am I the only one who sees the mock photo as poorly photoshopped 636 headlights, windscreen, and wheels, GSXR 1K forks, and 600RR tail?



A 675cc triple sportbike would be pretty nice though... 750cc even better.
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Old 07-03-2005, 06:28 PM   #13
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".....1530cc Bonneville, based on a 2-cylinder version of the existing Rocket III engine."



Is there really anyone who would want such a thing?
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Old 07-03-2005, 07:49 PM   #14
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Default Re: Is this the new Daytona 675?

Nope. Other people have said basically the same thing. Actually, to me it looks like a ZX-6 with Daytona-like frame spars, fairings, tank...and, yes, a CBR-RR tail.
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Old 07-03-2005, 07:52 PM   #15
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Default He's not kidding.

There have been strong rumors and supposedly a test bike spotted several times. I don't know, it could be kinda cool.
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Old 07-04-2005, 06:50 AM   #16
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Default Re: Is this the new Daytona 675?

Triumph is privately owned by a man named John Bloor, AFAIK.



It's very rare for competitors to share actual technical information directly. Most likely what happened is what's called "benchmarking." You go and buy somebody else's bike or component, and test it. No reason you couldn't do that with a frame.
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Old 07-04-2005, 12:26 PM   #17
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Default Re: You're joking, right?

It could draw more attention in their cruiser efforts, which after all is where the money is in the U.S. market.



I've one acquaintance whose dream bike is the Rocket, but who could more readily afford a Bonnie variant. Maybe marketing thinks he's not alone.
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Old 07-04-2005, 04:00 PM   #18
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Doesn't make any sense though. The Bonnie is appealing because it is a retro looking air cooled parallel twin. An in-line water cooled twin in a Bonneville would be a very bad marketing move IMHO.



I could see them putting it into either the America or the Speedmaster maybe.
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Old 07-04-2005, 04:10 PM   #19
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Default Re: Is this the new Daytona 675?

keeping up with the big four's 2 year redesign schedule is grueling, especialy when you control a much smaler peice of the pie, beter to pick up some originality break the mold so to speak. people will gladly sacrifice a little performance, (most likely they are not talented to have it really make a diference anyways, I know I'm not) in exchang for not getting lost in the parking lot, look how many idiots buy and customize harleys after that same effect. Triumph should change there marketing slogan to: "When you want something diferent"
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Old 07-04-2005, 04:47 PM   #20
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ditto (i own a 2003 cbr600rr in yellow....)
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