British manufacturer Triumph have today announced the return of their Daytona supersport model, which will be produced in a limited run of just 765.
The new bike will use a 765cc three-cylinder engine based on the one currently being used in Moto2, which will make the Daytona 765 the first ever motorcycle produced in partnership with the FIM MotoGP World Championship.
Triumph aren’t revealing much at the moment, leaving the full reveal until August 23 – the weekend MotoGP comes to Silverstone. But Triumph do say the bike will use the championship-winning Daytona chassis, which suggests it will be very similar to the 675, if not almost identical.
The new engine will be the most powerful in a Daytona to date, with Triumph claiming more power and torque than any previous models. Triumph’s naked Street Triple 765 RS produces a claimed 121bhp, so expect the new Daytona to be pumping out closer to 130bhp.
As soon as Triumph were announced as the official engine supplier for Moto2, fans around the world pleaded for a 765cc Daytona. Production of the last Daytona 675R ceased in 2017, and sales of supersport machines had been decreasing for years. Triumph kept quiet, refusing to confirm or deny plans for a new, larger Daytona.
But then they released the Street Triple 765. It was, and still is, a beauty, but it was still quiet on the Daytona front. Triumph have made a good decision releasing the new Daytona in limited numbers. Supersport bikes just aren’t selling like they used to, so a limited run will be good to test the waters.
What is it about the Triumph Daytona?
The Daytona name was first used with the launch of the T595 Daytona in 1997. This bike was powered by a three-cylinder 955cc engine, so doesn’t bear much resemblance to the new 765. The T595 was renamed the Daytona 955i in 1999, before production stopped in 2006.
In 2002 Triumph released the sportier Daytona 600, powered by a 600cc inline four-cylinder engine. In 2005 the Daytona was bumped upto 650cc and renamed the Daytona 650. Just one year later, in 2006, the Daytona 675 crashed the party.
The biking landscape was a little different in 2006. Electronics weren’t really a thing, adventure bikes weren’t quite as big as they are now and the 600cc supersport market was still popular. Yamaha had just released the most track-focussed R6 ever, with an 18,000rpm redline (though their teaser campaign claimed much higher). The Honda CBR600RR, Suzuki GSX-R600 and Kawasaki ZX-6R were still getting serious R&D and were great bikes.
But the upstart from Hinckley would blow them all away. The rest of the competition were powered by inline four-cylinder engines, which produced their power at the upper reaches of the rev range. Great on track, not so much on the road. With the new 675cc three-cylinder engine, the Daytona was able to leave the competition for dead. One cylinder less also meant less weight, so the Daytona handled beautifully, too. British magazine Bike got an exclusive ride of the 675 before the official launch and called it “the best British sportsbike ever” and “possibly one of the greatest sportsbikes of all time”. High praise indeed.
Since then the Daytona has remained a favourite of supersport riders on both road and track. It’s good to have the Daytona back.