2009 Triumph Daytona 675 First Ride
Lighter, Faster, Better
After giving you a preview of what to expect of the updated 2009 Triumph Daytona 675 back in July, we finally had the chance to get some seat time, so I can share my initial impressions. I have had two great days in the saddle of the ’09 Daytona on Circuito de Cartagena. The early part of the first day was rained out, but once I finally got on the bike it felt like I had been riding it all day. It is just that easy to go fast on the Daytona 675.
The 675 is still as narrow and nimble as it always was, but the ’09 gets the first update since the launch back in 2006. The front end has been redesigned slightly to match the original rendition of the designers – giving an even sharper look than before.
In addition to shedding weight, the 675 allegdly gets an increase in horsepower from 125 to 128 bhp as well as a small increase in torque. This three horsepower gain boosts performance in the 675’s already class leading midrange as well as the top end as the redline has been raised from 13,500 to 13,900rpm.
While it may not be immediately noticeable on the street, it could really be felt on the circuit as I lapped Cartagena. I continued my last laps on a D675 with the Arrow muffler attached. When accelerating above 10,000 rpm there really is a much better kick than before. While the Daytona 675 has always been a very light supersport, the 2009 tips the scales at a claimed 357 lbs after shedding weight from the exhaust and wheels.
Braking performance has been enhanced by Nissin’s latest radial-mount monobloc calipers that provide more stopping power and rider feedback. The fully-adjustable 41mm upside down forks and rear monoshock unit both benefit from a high and low speed damping control. New wheels give significant savings in unsprung weight and help the bike change direction more easily. The latest Pirelli SuperCorsa SP tires have been specified for their outstanding levels of both grip and rider feedback.
Other relevant updates include the restyled cockpit, screen and headlights. Color options include Jet Black and Tornado Red. I cannot decide which one I like more, so I think I’d like both. After thoroughly checking out the 675 on the track then taking a short road ride, my initial opinion is that the D675 is among the best road alternative of the bunch in this class. Check out the full article coming soon.