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It feels like a Daytona, it sounds like one, it even looks like one (a bit) but Triumph calls it the Moto2 mule…



Elbows out…

I’m sweating my nuts off, my adrenaline’s bouncing offthe limiter and my head’s pondering whether the stiffy-inducing bike I’ve just been spanking is, in fact, a new Daytona 765. Of course, the bike isn’t called that, and it wasn’t sold to me that way. The invite was to test Triumph’s Moto2 ‘mule’ around Silverstone’s tight and technical Stowe circuit, but there’s not much Moto2 in this particular steed, aside from a few stickers and an ear-obliterating Arrow race system.

The frame’s from a Daytona, so too are the swingarm, the forks, the brakes, electronics and even the dash. Sure, it’s got some race fairings on it, and the larger than life rear wheel looks broader than a chopper’s, but we’re otherwise talking about a Daytona with a Street Triple engine in it; just what we’ve all been calling for, right? Horsepower’s a guessing game, but 135-plus ponies is what’s being bandied around by Triumph, backed up by a knockout 80Nm of torque. Those kind of digits would work nicely with the guestimated 160kg kerb weight of this weapon that feels so light it probably needs tethering down in anything stronger than a light breeze.

Triumph’s dropped plenty of hints about this bike. Two years on from the Hinckley brand’s signing to become the official engine supplier to the Moto2 world championship, we’ve had more flashes of leg than you’ll get down Amsterdam’s Red Light District. But like any well-honed seductress, Triumph knew the time for teasing was over. We were in need of a bit more substance, and what better way than to cock-a-leg. Having waited like a saint as F1’s Damon Hill and TV’s Charley Boorman edged successively further into the bike’s rather large chicken strips, my time finally came to straddle this beast and feel rapidly at home on its firm but familiar furniture. It felt every bit a 675, albeit glitzed up with tall-mounted rearsets and a wide Moto2 fairing. The stock tank was in place, and the Street Triple’s standard switchgear made the starting process all the more simplistic; a simple thumbing on a button got the three-cylinder booming like a bear, sending an electrifying resonance throughout the bike with every self-indulgent blip of the throttle. Oh yes! There were no modes, no limiters or any such tat to delay the bike from action, which got under way after hooking first from the revised gearbox.

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