All the attention is on Triumph’s new Tiger, but we’ve also poached this leaked picture of an upgraded Daytona 675 variant called the 675R. As reported by Spain’s Solo Moto magazine, the new model is based on the 407-pound, 124-horsepower Daytona, but improved with Öhlins suspension, race-spec Brembo monobloc brake calipers, carbon-fiber fenders and some cosmetic touches. There’s scant information in the story, but lighter wheels and premium tires would be logical add-ons as well. We don’t expect the motor to be different, but you never know.
We also don’t know if this is really a production model or if it’s just a showpiece for a line of accessories, but if it is a stand-alone model, it will be significant. Usually, only the Italian manufacturers offer higher-spec versions of their sportbikes. This package, with premium brakes and suspension, shows Triumph has matured enough to offer a credible high-end product to trackday enthusiasts and club racers. The Japanese factories generally offer but one spec level for their sportbikes.
Triumph is taking a lesson from the Ducati playbook—if you’re going to be a low-volume manufacturer, make as many models as you can to satisfy as many small niches as possible. A modular design, like the 675 Triple, can be offered in a myriad of motor/chassis combinations—think how many Ducati models have used the venerable air-cooled two-valve 90-degree L-Twin since the early 1980s—satisfying multiple communities of enthusiasts with minimal tooling and development costs. It seems the key to being successful with this formula is to have a really good motor, and the Triple is it.
Contrast that to the Japanese business model where a new motor/frame combo is developed for most new models (with some notable exceptions—the three-valve liquid-cooled V-Twin mill first seen in the early-’80s Honda VT500 lives on, zombie-like, in the “new” NT700V sport-tourer) as the limited differentiation of Japanese products requires massive innovation every few years. How long will Triumph be able to milk its sexy-sounding, free-revving middleweight Triple? A long time, we hope.
If the 675R is a production model (rumored to be officially revealed at the Milan EICMA motorcycle show in early November), we’re likely to see it in the USA, at a $3000-5000 premium over the $10,499 standard Daytona 675.