Watching the sunset from the British Racing Drivers’ Clubhouse aside the Silverstone circuit was one I won’t soon forget. Of course, I wasn’t there to enjoy the sunset and hors d’oeuvres. Motorcycle.com had the North American exclusive coverage of the media launch of the new Triumph Daytona Moto2 765 ahead of the MotoGP weekend at the British circuit.
Just after dusk, Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta and Triumph CEO Nick Bloor pulled the covers off of the carbon-clad, 765 Triple-powered limited edition sportbikes. While we’ve already shared the bulk of the information surrounding the new Daytona, we were able to learn a bit more about Triumph’s outlook and positioning for this model while also capturing other information not yet made available. At the end of the night I also had the opportunity to interview Triumph’s Chief Product Officer, Steve Sargent regarding the company’s involvement in Moto2, as well as Chief Engineer Stuart Wood to discuss the new model.
Probably the most significant news we weren’t already privy to is the fact that Triumph has no plans to follow this limited release with a production Daytona 765. That’s right. We’re told if you’re interested in this top-spec Daytona, you’ve got 765 chances or rather 465 or so since I overheard approximately 300 are already sold via pre-order.
While this is disheartening news for fans of the Triumph sportbike, after seeing the new model introduced, it’s not entirely surprising. The Daytona Moto2 765 looks, well, like a 2017 Daytona with gorgeous carbon-fiber bodywork and top-o-the-line componentry thrown on it. Furthermore, some of the new componentry to this 2020 model isn’t actually new to the brand. Features like the TFT display, ride modes, and quickshifter were already found on other models such as the Street Triple RS from which the new Daytona’s motor is based. In all fairness, or maybe I’m being a bit unfair, the Daytona Moto2 765 looks like a relatively easy engineering project versus an entirely new bike. The break in production also coincided with regulation though we’ve been told this limited edition model is fully street-legal and meets Euro 5 regs.
To be clear, this is the most powerful, lightest, highest tech and spec Daytona ever to come out of the doors in Hinckley, and yes, it will be manufactured in Hinckley. The Öhlins NIX30 fork and TTX36 shock, as well as the Brembo Stylema 4-piston radial mono-block calipers and cast aluminum five-spoke wheels, are just a few of the up-spec components that aim to deliver the ultimate track-focused performance from the Daytona 765.
The engine has undergone some serious upgrades to deliver higher performance. We’re told to expect 128 hp at 12,250 rpm and 59 LB-FT peak torque at 9,750 rpm. This performance is said to be a 20% increase across the rpm-range from the Street Triple’s power plant. The motor also revs 600 rpm higher than the Street Triple, putting its redline now at 13,250 rpm.
Chief Engineer Stuart Wood tells us Triumph has used the Daytona Moto2 765 as an opportunity to deliver a limited number of customers the experience of a motorcycle as close to the Moto2 race bike as possible. When asked what that meant, Wood tells us this new motorcycle is all based around character, feel, and torque. Intake ports have been developed with new machining while the intake funnels have also received a redesign to deliver sportier power delivery. Pistons, rods, and crankshaft have all undergone changes to help not only deliver a Daytona capable of the highest levels of performance, but also to ensure dependability with the increased stress.
While it’s not the entirely new model many had hoped for, fans of the Daytona will likely be drooling and possibly fighting over the chance to get at this top-spec iteration of an already fantastic motorcycle. We’re told to expect the Triumph Daytona Moto2 765 to be hitting dealerships at the beginning of next year and to expect US pricing within the coming months. The bike will sell for ￡15,765 in England which directly converts to $19,374 USD.