Triumph Daytona Reviews

2008 Triumph Daytona from Australia

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired900 kilometres
Most recent distance2000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleTriumph Scrambler 900

Summary:

The pick of the mid-sized super sports!!!

Faults:

Nothing yet; the bike was purchased with just 1000km.

General Comments:

Wow, Triumph have made such a great bike with the 675. Heaps and heaps of torque from the inline triple.

Sound like a racebike, and feels like one as well.

More brakes, chassis and engine than you will ever need on the road, in fact it's very hard to appreciate fully if you never took this bike to a track.

I bought this bike after test riding the latest mid sized sports offerings from Japan. I just couldn't bring myself to buy an R6 or CBR 600rr after taking the Trumpy for a spin. This bike feels alive right from idle all the way up to the redline. It has no boring spot and it sounds like nothing else.

The brakes are so powerful that you really need to adjust your right hand as they come on quick and fast, AWESOME!

All up a fantastic bike with heaps of character that does EVERYTHING so well.

Not the most comfortable bike, but this bike was never designed to be a sports tourer.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th September, 2008

1998 Triumph Daytona from New Zealand

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 6 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 1 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.3 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance35000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleSuzuki GS1000

Summary:

A very flawed gem

Faults:

3500kms; Gearbox locked up. warranty replacement of 4th and 6th gear.

4000kms; Rear tail-light fell out.

10000kms; Fuel hose came adrift inside fuel tank.

22000kms; Wires shorted out in loom preventing starting.

32000kms; Gearbox lunched itself again. 2 gears replaced and selector forks.

33000kms; Starter clutch broke.

General Comments:

The bike handles very well with the right tyres. A nice rounded profile on the front works best; I use Pirelli Supercorsas.

The engine is great.. great sound.. good power that's distributed well throughout the range.

Comfort is no good for me. Get very sore wrists and numb hands at anything like legal speed. Go faster and keep busier is a remedy.

Reliability is horrendous. This bike stranded me 5 times in 34000k from new. The mechanical design is obviously deficient. To replace a starter clutch for instance, requires removal of the engine from frame, and bottom end disassembly!?

The local dealer was as poor as the reliability. After going to another dealer, their service was worse.

I could live with all the little foibles with this bike. But I can't live with a bike that will randomly break down every 6000 kms or so. Unreliability is just not an option when buying brand new goods.

The bike cost me $NZ18,000, and I have spent over $7000 on mechanical repairs. The warranty repair would have made it over $10,000 if I had paid for that. And obviously this doesn't include the standard running costs of servicing and tyres.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st February, 2008

2002 Triumph Daytona from Canada

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2007
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance58000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleHonda VFR750

Summary:

European prestige with Honda reliability

Faults:

Front rotors warped, replaced under warranty.

Hard to start when cold; finally remedied by a non Triumph shop.

General Comments:

I loved this bike at first sight, and after a test ride I succumbed to its charms. It's not a Ducati, but it's a little more exotic than your average Japanese bike at least.

I love the character of the motor. It has smooth power everywhere, without any sudden peaks in its delivery. And it never seems strained, no matter how fast it's spinning. Plus that sound...

Handling is superb for the real world. It feels taut and athletic without the harshness that some sport bikes can have. The suspension may not be as focused towards the sport end of the spectrum as others, but I think it's an excellent compromise.

Then there's comfort. This bike had none. It was only after I replaced the seat with a Sargent and installed Heli-bar risers, that I could ride this thing pain-free. But pain or not, I still put 55,000 km on it before installing them because it's just so nice to ride...

Reliability has been great, the bike has never let me down. Any small problem that has come up was only made worse by the ineptitude of the dealership. I started taking it to a Honda dealership and my blood pressure has dropped accordingly. Not the bike's fault. And servicing has been surprisingly cheap, noticeably better than my 1993 vfr750.

Overall, my 955i has turned out to be an awesome sport tourer, with most of its focus on "sport".

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th August, 2007

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 5 reviews