Available in two colors (both shown here), Triumph’s re-vamped Daytona sportbike still features a 955cc in-line three-cylinder engine. With revised styling, 22 fewer pounds, and a claimed 147 horsepower (at the crank), the Daytona hopes to compete with the top dogs in the open class sportbike arena.
The Daytona’s re-designed cylinder head features new valves, combustion chamber shape, and boosted compression (now 12:1 versus last year’s 11.2:1). Redline is now at 11,000 RPM versus 10,500 RPM on the old model – largely due to less reciprocating weight and friction in the motor.
A more sophisticated fuel injection system improves monitoring of engine functions and optimizes performance. A carefully tuned exhaust system with a balancer pipe and less restrictive muffler complement the engine changes.
With a reduced wheelbase (14mm shorter) and a significantly steeper steering head angle, the new Daytona should be more agile. Contributing to this agility are lighter wheels (including the front wheel from the TT600) and a narrower, 180 section rear tire.
Significantly, Triumph has abandoned the stylish single-sided swingarm in favor of a much lighter twin-sided unit (more than 7 pounds lighter). Minor changes to rider ergonomics, and a new, lighter digital instrument console are also featured. Dealers may have the new Daytona on sale as early as May of this year. US MSRP is unknown at this time.