Triumph Daytona 650 Bike Overview
The Triumph Daytona 600 and 650 is a light and smooth machine which is much faster than the TT600. It also has excellent handling, great brakes and to top it all off, it’s good value for money.
The Triumph Daytona 650 has a sharp suspension and can deal with whatever condition the road is in. It is also quite comfortable to ride. In terms of the engine, it can fall a bit flat midrange but it’s still one of the best in its class.
Downpoints on this bike could be the paintwork, and if we’ve suffered a lot of rain, the bike could suffer a bit of corrosion too. Mechanically, this bike is very reliable though and will get you through a good few years without much repair needed in a lot of cases.
This Triumph is also sensibly priced against its rivals, coming in at nearly £1000 under Yamaha’s R6. The dash is good on this bike, with everything you need in an easy to read format, like the clock, speedo and rev counter as well as a fuel light. You might struggle on a pillion on this bike as there is no grabrail.
Triumph Daytona 650 Bike Spec
- Top speed160mph
- Average fuel consumption35mpg
- Seat height815mm
- EngineLiquid cooled, DOHC, in-line 4-cylinder
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Engine management a little pesky at low revs, but aren’t they all (supersports)? Slightly heavier than contemporaries but that helps with stability and doesn’t seem to hurt acceleration.
Slightly down on power compared to others of the time (only very slightly though)
About average for a 600. Reasonable sized tank and fair mpg. Spares are still widely available.
Very good build quality. Nice solid, confidence building bike. These models have occasional charging problems (as did mine) but they are easy to diagnose and fix.
Excellent power and feel.
Flows very nicely from corner to corner, engine could be smoother on pick up but am able to hold high corner speeds thanks to the ability to flick from one side to the other
Although fast, there was a reason they bored it out to the 650. Plenty fast for everyday useage and fast A-road riding
They did improve it – the engine was under powered compared to it's competitors, hence the 650 that came later. The front profile also was a bit odd, it looks a bit like a smiling cat…
Problems have been simply down to general wear and tear
Weighs the same as a cbr 600f, plus 3 kilos. Almost same power too. Turns in is sharp, factory front shocks a little soft but better spring or heavier oil sorts that out. Rear feels stable under hard cornering too. Very quick through the gears tho can be ever so slightly snatchy in low gears at low revs.
108 hp at the crank. Pulls very well in all gears. Happiest at higher revs. performs well coming out of corner on acceleration.
The radiator is a pig to work on and easy to muck up. Needs a lower fender extender.
Usual triumph rectifier problems but other than that pretty bullet proof. Well built all round.
Can't fault them. Work very well even in the wet. Don't use sintered pads, they catch too sharply.