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Digital Subscriptions > Fast Bikes > 353 - June 2019 > THE BRITISH SUPERSPORT REVELATION

THE BRITISH SUPERSPORT REVELATION

In 2006 Triumph rocked the supersport world with its Daytona 675 triple…

Used Bike Guide

While Kawasaki and Yamaha both have brand new supersport bikes for sale, with price tags that are in the £10,000 region, buying a 2019 600cc race rep is really only for the dedicated few. Especially when you look at the cost of a litre bike, which offers a lot more bang for not a great deal more cash – even less if bought on finance. However, the fact that the supersport class enjoyed such a huge sales boom in the 2000s means that the used market is fairly bursting at the seams with these wonderful machines. And the pick of the bunch is certainly Triumph’s Daytona 675.

An absolute revelation from its launch in 2006, Triumph’s decision to abandon their inline four supersport project and instead go their own way with a 675cc triple proved a master stroke in terms of both sales and track success. Catching the big four with their pants down, the Daytona’s unique engine configuration offered something that its Japanese rivals simply couldn’t – namely torque. And lots of it, all instantly accessible with no need to rev the knackers off the motor to gain any kind of impressive forward momentum. True, the Ducati 749 also delivered in terms of its grunt, but cursed with looks that killed its sales dead and a price tag that was higher than its competition, the Bologna machine was relegated to the sidelines where the British bike was headline news. But that was then and in the last 13 years the two-wheeled world has 2012 Triumph Daytona 675 moved on huge leaps and bounds, so can the original generation of Daytona 675 still impress? Of course it can.

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Welcome to Fast Bikes Magazine In this issue: Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory Launch Boothy went to Mugello to sample the delights of Aprilia’s new winged wonder. Sensible Sportsbikes Beano has been commuting on Ducati’s Supersport S and Suzuki’s GSX-S1000F. Triumph 765 on track We aren’t allowed to call it a Daytona 765… but everyone is. And much more!