The worst kept secret in motorcycling finally materialised last weekend at Silverstone, the home of the British round of MotoGP. It’s everything we all thought the Daytona 765 might be: 130hp @ 12,250rpm, 80nm of torque at 9,750rpm, all the electronics, Brembo Stylema brakes, Ohlins front & rear, shifter+blipper, carbon fairings, the lot, basically. The best ever Daytona? No doubt.
Of course, it’s not actually a real Moto2 bike. It’s the “old” Daytona 675 with a 765cc engine in it – albeit one that revs 600rpm higher than the 765 in the Street Triple RS. The chassis is the same, and the one used for the Moto2 development prototype. The 765cc engine has been upgraded with titanium inlet valves, stronger pistons, DLC coated gudgeon pins, new cam profiles, new inlet trumpets, modified conrods, revised inlet ports and a modified crank, barrels and a higher compression ratio.
In the flesh it’s a lovely bit of kit. The paintwork’s some kind of crazy paint that lets the carbon weave show through it, and the single-seat unit looks properly trick. The cockpit is pure carbon where typically you’d find plastic, and the top yoke is a beauty with the Ohlins bouncers poking through. It’s full factory.
It’d be nice if there was at least some visual update from the old 675. Yeah, it’s still a looker, but it has barely changed. The TFT dashboard visual design is a bit long in the tooth too, but hey, whatever – it’s a Daytona with power modes and all that, so we can’t moan too much.
One of these puppies will set you back £15,765, which if you ask us, seems a proper bargain – you’re hardly going to lose money on it either.
And yes, Triumph have insisted – we repeat – INSISTED that there absolutely will not be a production run following this limited-edition run. Apparently there’s just not the demand, and the costs are too high to properly homologate a new model. We believe them, but only just…
Anyway, enjoy some pics.