Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Another Great Triumph; Triumph's New-Look Daytona Can Compete with the Best Superbikes

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Another Great Triumph; Triumph's New-Look Daytona Can Compete with the Best Superbikes

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Byline: SIMON DE BURTON

THE Triumph Daytona, launched last year as Britain's challenge to the Japanese superbikes, is now claimed to be the most powerful European-built production bike available.

The Daytona, which has a massive 147bhp on tap at 10,700rpm, is up against such superfast machines as the Honda Fireblade, Yamaha R1 and Suzuki GSXR 1000.

Its handling has been improved and overall weight reduced by 18lbs, partly due to a different fairing which some Daytona fans think looks "too Japanese".

From the first moment you climb on board the Daytona it feels right, with a sporty riding position which is comfortable both in town and on long journeys.

The bike has a unique exhaust note - Triumph is the only motorcycle manufacturer to use a three cylinder engine - and promised great things to come on the test ride.

And so it proved. Handling is quick and nimble on the excellent Bridgestone tyres, and the motor delivers power beautifully up until around 8,000rpm when power keeps piling on. …

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