2006 Triumph Daytona 675 Triple
It's Ten?By (I am an Owner) on Nov 17, 2016
I bought one of the first Daytona 675s in the area, back when they were new. That's a good way to pay too much, but for me, it was worth it. The bike is beautiful. It's also a fast magic carpet. The handling is intuitive, the engine has power everywhere you need it, and the narrow waist makes ... it comfortable to lean and lean.
Reliability over the past ten years has been good. I had a stator and regulator rectifier go, but that's it. I also got taken out by a vactor truck that spat up right in front of me. Slime doesn't even describe what came out, and even a 10 mph getoff does a bit of damage. There just happened to be another exactly like the one I crashed, so I bought it rather than rebuilding. Yes, I like this bike enough to replace it with another just like it.
Which gets to comfort. It's set up as a track bike, and it is a blast to ride on the track. As a street bike, it's a bit extreme, but I don't find it uncomfortable. The seat is firm, but it is wide and flat. It's narrow at the front, which makes it easy to move around on. The pegs aren't all that high, and with the narrowness of the bike, they don't feel extreme. The bars are low. That leads to a bit of wrist fatigue in stop and go traffic. That's all though. If you want a touring bike, you probably don't want one of these. If you keep the speed up and balance against the wind blast, it's still reasonably comfortable after 400 miles in a day.
I would absolutely steer a new rider away from this bike. It's unforgiving if you make a mistake or aren't paying close attention. The brakes are powerful, the suspension is taut, and the engine has plenty of snap. If you have been riding for a number of years and have track time under your belt, you will enjoy every ride on this bike. It's an absolute blast to commute on. That's cutting daisies with a chainsaw. So what. It's fun.
'06 DaytonaBy (I am an Owner) on Mar 01, 2011
First off, this is an amazing bike. There is nothing else like it on the market. The three cylinder engine makes low-end torque like no other and it has usable power instantly, in any gear, as a result. No revving it to high heaven to get power like the Japanese models require.
It ... looks awesome. Cool lines, narrow styling and it's light weight and easy to flip through corners at high speeds as a result. Plus all that torque combined with light weight make the front tire jump up with no effort at all. Definitely not for beginners.
That, however, is where the good stuff ends. If you want to ride this bike any longer than 45 minutes, your body will hate you. The stance is so incredibly aggressive that wrist pain comes on very quickly. Your back will be the next to go, since the bike requires you to lean way down. It's the most ass up, hands down riding position of any bike I've been on. Speaking of ass, that's the next thing that will bother you, as the seat is like riding on an upholstered brick. Flat and rock hard, it has no forgiveness. Triumph sells a gel seat for it, but it's very expensive and given the other problems, I have my doubts it would make the ride more comfortable.
After three years of riding, I'm sad to say I'm looking to sell, simply due to lack of comfort. I know you don't buy a sport bike for comfort, but this is extreme. CBRs and GSXRs are far and above more comfortable.