Wednesday, 19 August 2009

New for 09 Triumph Daytona 675!

We’ve covered the all-new middleweight Ninja in exhausting detail over several stories this year (see the list of Related Reading links at the bottom of this story) so let’s focus on some of the updates to the Triumph. With “almost a hundred technical updates,” Triumph proclaims the ’09 model as a lighter, faster and better-stopping bike than the first generation. In addition to new high- and low-speed damping control for the fully adjustable fork and shock, the other big news is some weight loss and a bump in peak horsepower. Here’s a brief list of improvements to the Trumpet:

• 3hp power increase to 126 hp

• Max redline increased by 450 rpm up to 13,950 rpm
• Hydraulic cam chain tensioner from race kit now standard

• Revised cylinder head with new valves & modified combustion chamber

• Recalibrated EFI system to improve engine braking and decrease wheel chatter
• Total of 6.6 lbs weight saving, now a claimed 357 lbs
• New Nissin mono-block radial brake calipers & new brake rotors
• Higher ratio first gear from race kit now standard

• New rear wheel and rear wheel sprocket is combined 2.4 lbs lighter for less rotating mass

• New exhaust system is 4.4 lbs lighter than previous model

• New magnesium cam covers

• Black painted engine cases
At first glance from across a crowded parking lot, the new 675 is nearly indiscernible from previous model years. However, it has a taller windscreen, and as our European partner-in-motocrime, Tor Sagen, informed us from the Daytona’s world press launch this year, the “front end has been redesigned slightly to match the original rendition of the designers.”

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