In 2001, soon after the completion of the similarly three cylinder powered Triumph Daytona 955i, Triumph began engineering analysis to work out weight, engine performance in horsepower and torque. Pleased with the figures, the project moved to the full concept phase in March 2002.
Initial chassis development work was done using a chopped Daytona 600 chassis. Triumph moved the wheelbase, adjusted the head angle, and modified the tank. This new configuration exhibited better performance than the original Daytona 600, forming a basis to compare against competitive bikes such as the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R and Honda CBR600RR. While engine development had not been completed, computer aided chassis development continued with the data collected from these tests.
Design work for the Daytona 675 proceeded, producing a primarily black design based on the Daytona 600. However, this initial design was discarded as great British designs of the 1960s had "a flowing curved design - no sharp angular aggressive edges". A member of the engineering team produced a concept drawing of the 675 as a naked bike. Styling was based upon this concept drawing and that of the earlier T595 model. Styling development continued in house, staying close to spirit of earlier Triumph design. Market research groups made up of a variety of different classes of sportbike riders choose the latter design of bike which was refined and adopted for production.
The newly developed engine was first tested on a dynamometer in May 2003. Final development combining styling, engine, chassis into a prototype quickly followed. Prototype testing started in late 2004.
The Daytona 675 was officially launched at the NEC International Motorcycle and Scooter Show in 2005. An UK based Bike Magazine was given an exclusive test ride prior to the official launch, impressing the magazine test rider. The magazine declared it "the best British sportsbike ever" and "possibly one of the greatest sportsbikes of all time".
The Daytona 675 won the Supersport category for the Masterbike 2006 (finishing 3rd overall), and won again in 2007.
A 24 hour race track test by Performance Bikes Magazine in the February 2007 edition placed a Daytona 675 against a Suzuki GSX-R750 over a 24 hour period which did not yield a positive result for the Daytona. The Daytona 675 did not complete the race test due to a severe mechanical failure. Later analysis indicated that the engine had suffered a broken valve which is thought to have occurred due to incorrect servicing. Prior to the failure the Daytona had been consistently outpacing the Suzuki on the course, averaging 0.7 seconds a lap faster (despite lower engine capacity and horsepower). The magazine concludes (as suggested by Triumph) that this appeared to be an isolated case attributable most likely to incorrect assembly during pre-race servicing.
No significant revisions have been made since the bike's release in 2006. Color schemes have been revised for 2008, options for "Scorched Yellow" and "Graphite" have been removed and replaced with "neon blue" in addition to the previous "tornado red" and "jet black". In addition to minor decal changes on the standard Daytona 675, Triumph is offering the Daytona 675 Special Edition. This version features a "Phantom Black" paint scheme, black engine cases with gold wheels, decals and steering nut.
When the Daytona 675 was initially launched there were no factory backed racing teams. This changed in 2008 when MAP Embassy Racing struck a deal with Triumph and entered the 2008 British Supersport Championship. And on the 5th of may 2008 Glen Richards scored the first win for a Triumph backed team since 2004
Before 2008 several privateers were racing the Triumph Daytona 675.
There is also a Daytona 675 one make series called Triumph Triple Challenge. This is run in conjunction with Bemsee Race Club and operated under the MRO format. It is a series run over nine rounds and cost £12000 to enter in 2007. This cost included ownership of a Daytona 675. The series is being run by T3 Racing.
|Type||Liquid-cooled, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder|
|Fuel System||Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection with forced air induction|
|Ignition||Digital - inductive type - via electronic engine management system|
|Final Drive||O ring chain|
|Gearbox||6-speed, close ratio|
|Frame||Aluminium beam twin spar|
|Swingarm||Braced, twin-sided, aluminium alloy with adjustable pivot position|
|Front Wheel||Alloy 5-spoke, x|
|Rear Wheel||Alloy 5-spoke, x|
|Front Tire||120/70 ZR 17|
|Rear Tire||180/55 ZR 17|
|Front Suspension||USD forks with adjustable pre-load, rebound and compression damping|
|Rear Suspension||Monoshock with piggy back reservoir adjustable for pre-load, rebound and compression damping|
|Front Brakes||Twin floating discs, 4 piston radial callipers with radial master cylinder|
|Rear Brakes||Single disc, single piston calliper|
|Fuel Tank Capacity|
|Maximum Power||@ 12,250 rpm||@ 12,100 rpm||@ 12,100 rpm|
|Maximum Torque||@ 9750 rpm||@ 10,400 rpm|
|Colours||Scorched Yellow, Tornado Red, Graphite||Scorched Yellow, Tornado Red, Graphite, Black||Neon Blue, Jet Black, Tornado Red, Phantom Black (SE exclusive)|
|Price||$8,999 USD, £7,199 GBP, $14,890 AUD|