#FHMWheels: Stitching A Line With Daytona

#FHMWheels: Stitching A Line With Daytona

Speed is something that I‘ve never fancied about despite having tried my hands on several sports versions. But the Triumph Daytona has done elaborate rounds among speed fanatics and power junkies, so the revised 675R was an essential tryout. Most brats who own racers in the city take them out on nocturnal runs or early morning hurls. In order to add quirk to my ride, I woke up early, put on some gear and slid it to the backyard of the NCR, instead of a racing track.

 

The handlebars of 675R have limited movement span, obviously so, and that may be a tad dangerous for city manoeuvres in traffic and sharp turns. One needs to develop subtle leaning techniques, and once you get a hang of them, it’s the most fun you’ll have with the bike. The aluminium body makes it easy for you to comfortably fit your legs on a good position, but right where the seat winds itself up near the tank the edges are noticeably sharp.

 

The engine revs up with a beautiful growl and as I prepared to enter a short high-speed sprint, it blew me away with an easy 100 in just about 4 seconds and a smooth but sturdy halt with an effortless squeeze of the Brembo brake pads. With occasional trucks frequenting the road it was easy to stitch a line through them in nippy slights. The maximum I could pull it to was marginally short of 180 because of random cows, stray bikes and overtaking cars. But the engine is so strong that you don’t need to keep pulling on the accelerator to keep the speed up, and a modest go at the pedal will take you way up.

 

SPECS

ENGINE TYPE

LIQUID-COOLED, 12 VALVE, DOHC, IN-LINE 3-CYLINDER

CAPACITY

675CC

BORE STROKE

76 MM / 49.6 MM

MAX POWER EC

128 PS/126 BHP (94 KW) @ 12,500 RPM

MAX TORQUE EC

74 NM @ 11,900 RPM

CLUTCH

WET, MULTI-PLATE, SLIPPER

GEARBOX

6-SPEED

BRAKES FRONT

TWIN 310 MM FLOATING DISCS, NISSIN 4-PISTON RADIAL MONO-BLOCK CALIPERS (SWITCHABLE ABS)

BRAKES REAR

SINGLE 220 MM DISC, BREMBO SINGLE PISTON CALIPER (SWITCHABLE ABS)

PRICE

11.40 LAC EXSHOWROOM, DELHI

 

An interesting idea caught me after the traffic grew heavy and we were done with the shoot. Our photographer sat on the pillion seat which is so high that he was almost a foot over and above my shoulder at the back and I made the bike roar. Not always a good idea. Now if you’re planning to do this, I suggest you to bring the speed down and avoid sudden brakes because the entire weight of the pillion is on you and sensitive things may get squished, if you know what I mean.

 

This is probably the most expensive bike that you can buy in the 600cc range in India, but also the best in terms of performance. If that new job allows you to burn holes in your pants, there’s nothing better for a sports biking fan.