2003 Triumph Daytona 600 First Ride — Motorcycle USA

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Triumph Daytona 600

2003 Triumph Daytona 600 Ride

2003 Triumph 600

First Ride

The 600cc class is undoubtedly one of the most contested in the motorcycle world. For than a decade, a war has waged for the quick featherweights from to grow lighter, more and track-capable. At the same time, they are also supposed to civilized, comfortable and affordable.

the Big Four having a complete on the class, it was a brave move by to become the first European to produce a 600cc four-cylinder machine, the TT600. Introduced short years ago, it was and is a bike. But when it entered the with some fuel problems and class-trailing power, the … it.

While it was a stunning it was a little heavy and, to be was no Prom Queen in the looks

Continuous fuel-injection re-maps tuned out most of its fueling but the TT had been branded and the stigma I had a TT on long-term test recently when you get away from all the about fractions of a second in the lap times and top speeds, it is a great machine — more capable enough for the majority of

But we are constantly fed on a diet of better, and lighter, so Triumph went to the drawing board and came out the all-new Daytona 600.

I was drawn to Triumph’s new sportbike I first saw one in the flesh. It has a familiar it shares with its big brother the same name, the 955i and its purpose is clearly stated. the TT looks more sport-tourer hard edge sportbike, new looks all sport, from the angular fairing to the removable tailpiece and color matched hugger.

And, while manufacturers adorn their particular with wild graphics and the new Daytona comes subtly in Racing Yellow or Aluminium Silver.

So is it a warmed over TT or is it a new The answer to this question from Triumph’s Ross as he gave a tech briefing at the racetrack in Spain at its press

The new Daytona 600 uses the TT600 for a and is really an evolution of the former The satin-aluminum twin-spar frame is in appearance but not in construction. Where the frame was a four-cell construction, the new is now a three-cell affair that is not stronger but also 1.5 lbs. The rear subframe is made box-section aluminum.

And it has a certain of flex engineered in to keep forces generated by the rider being transmitted into the frame.

A … 2003 Daytona 600

Also looking similar but receiving numerous changes is the 43mm Kayaba fork. In an attempt to take as unsprung weight out of the suspension for steering and more precise Triumph engineers made the from aluminum, which a weight saving of a little 2 lbs. The forks now use single-rate and remain fully adjustable for compression and rebound damping.

Out back, the remote-reservoir rear has undergone some surgery in the of a complete re-valve. It also its full adjustability.

The front rotors receive a 2mm reduction in to 308mm for a 170-gram saving in Don’t ask me what that is in I just know the brakes provide awesome stopping The calipers are the same Nissin found on the TT, what once among the best brakes in the

Out back a single 220 mm rear gets a standard fare caliper. The Daytona receives a of other weight saving with a lighter wiring gear lever and foot being listed among The factory literature also the Daytona’s dry weight at 363 lbs. puts in right in the ballpark its Japanese counterparts.

Squeezed in the new frame rails, the Daytona has also received some attention. Triumph claims its is up to 110 from the TT’s 108, but not the whole story. The new motor better than the TT from to redline, thanks to a lighter redesigned pistons and a cylinder that is now CNC-machined.

The valves the same size, but flow-bench has resulted in 2% better inlet and 11% improvement for the exhaust. The overall is greater efficiency as well as power.

The quartet of 38mm throttle has been developed with assistance from Keihin of the TT’s troublesome Sagem featuring twin butterflies in throttle body. The throttle the first and the ECU module controls the which opens around rpm. The relocated fuel now fire fuel straight at the of the first butterfly on full which makes for greater response at all times and helps the Daytona seamless power

To further aid this, throttle has been reduced by means of a throttle mechanism which more control at lower Conversely, at higher rpm, throttle is required when you hard acceleration.

Dealing the burned fuel is a new 4-2-1 It is claimed to be lighter, and the down have been tuned to the updates on the intake side. The now have cross-over pipes to the 1-2 and 2-3 cylinders for better power in the The bikes we rode on the track fitted with Triumph’s exhaust pipe (track use of course) which sounded as the engine made repeated to 14,000 rpm.

The bikes we on the road were equipped the quiet stock muffler.

Triumph Daytona 600

Triumph Daytona 600
Triumph Daytona 600

Groups split into two, between track time and the twisting tarmac that down to and along the Mediterranean Sea a few miles away. I didn’t much time to get comfortable on the It is so user-friendly that after a of laps it was feeling like and old The transmission is slick and precise, the action light and the brakes did job without concern.

The bike is totally stable at lean angles, and the bike did not from its line even hard into the big right-hand at the end of the straight, with knee, and hero blobs grinding on the asphalt. The front end stayed planted, and only under manic late braking 135 mph at the end of the straight did I get some chatter the front end. As I rode and started to find my limits, the just carried on, totally by my mediocre attempts to find its

I found most of the other were a little surprised how the Daytona actually was. the current crop of Japanese being just so good, I a few of them had thought the Daytona was not to be quite up to the task. I personally think it hits as hard on top as the R6, but I like the way it works in the midrange

Ex-World Grand Prix Niall Mackenzie, shared my and I enjoyed getting his feedback. I the smooth, progressive power was available. The Yamaha seemed to a little pause through the before catching its breath and off again, although I never got to try it on the

I have not tried the Honda and Kawasaki ZX-6R yet, so I say how the Daytona stacks up against And besides, my mother always to say comparisons are odious, and you should listen to you mother. What I can say is the new Daytona is going to be pretty to all of these bikes in outright and for a non-Japanese company this is a impressive result.

(What we can say is that we’re our 600 shootout as you read this, so tuned for comparisons between from the Big Four (plus a Ducati 749) on the street, the the dyno, and the parking lot at our favorite hangouts. —Ed).

Out on the street, the pace was a little less I found the Daytona to be an extremely road tool. The Triumph softened the suspension a little and we with stock pipes. I this made the bike a more drivable down

2003 Triumpha Daytona in at the track.

The switchgear is all standard fare, and the view from the seat is pretty plush for a Nothing too flash in the gauge with a small circular and square digital speedometer to the left. The engine’s redline is set at rpm, a little above the horsepower level that at 12,750 rpm.

The bodywork all really nicely, and the satin for the frame, wheels and forks the bike a very refined The fairing-mounted mirrors do a pretty job, even if they fit a normal category of motorcycle that focus on the shoulder Absorbing the bumps, bangs and of the Spanish coastal road the suspension proved to be as good on the as it had been on the track.

It gives a supple ride losing it’s taut and is able to react to bumps and without tying the bike in

The new Daytona 600 is a highly competent, sportbike able to hang the competition. Superb handling, a engine and awesome brakes to its good looks. If this one of the best 600cc supersport made, then it’s darn close.

Editor’s We’ve just completed our of the four Japanese 600s and 749 for our middleweight shootout. We’d to have had a Daytona in time for the but some niggling glitches and problems have delayed production-spec test units. tuned for the most competitive ever.

Triumph Daytona 600
Triumph Daytona 600
Triumph Daytona 600
Triumph Daytona 600
Triumph Daytona 600
Triumph Daytona 600

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