2009 Triumph Daytona 675 first ride! By Trevor Franklin Bike tests 02 December 2008 11:29 Almost three years to the day Triumph have released the latest version of the Triumph Daytona 675. The first Triumph Daytona 675 test session for the press is in progress now at Cartegena Circuit, Spain. Chief Road Tester Trevor Franklin is putting the bike through its paces and here are his initial thoughts. "The tight twisting circuit has so far proven how agile the new model is – and how strong the three cylinder is through the mid-range. Triumph motorcycles for sale See all motorcycle reviews "The improvements of a lighter chassis and three brake horse power more at peak power really make a difference down the main straight; hook another gear through the sweet gearbox and the bike just drives and drives, all the time with that triple cylinder howl coming out the under-seat exhaust. Intoxicating is not the word. "In the mainly second and third gear turns the throttle can be nailed from as low as 3,000 rpm and the bike responds beautifully, with the flat torque curve the triple is renowned for. It doesn’t matter if you miss a downshift, the engine will always pull you out of trouble. "As for handling, Triumph have worked wonders with the Daytona’s Kayaba suspension, which now features high and low speed compression damping front and rear. While some riders are reporting exemplary suspension movement yours truly needed just a touch more front pre-load to reduce the amount of front fork dive from the violent weight transfer of 15.5 stone (naked). "The new Nissin monobloc calipers and discs are full of feel at the lever while maintaining strong braking pressure from the high speed start finish straight, there is a back brake. "Cosmetic changes only include the cockpit lay out with a revised upper fairing and headlight. This gives the bike a fresh, modern style combining modern supersport and a touch of Ducati with the visible rear sub frame tubes." All in all the modifications have so far proved their worth at the circuit and tomorrow Trevor will give his view of a 130km road ride through Spain’s mountainous roads. keep your eyes on the MCN website for the next part of the report - sounds good so far.