It is my opinion that you cannot compare apples with oranges.
While I love my '02 Daytona 955i I simply
cannot be in denial over its shortcomings. Hence, IMHO, it cannot compete with the Japanese superbikes either for power, handling, finish, design, or aesthetics. The Japanese, Italian, and now German machines are simply in a different league altogether. Indeed, apart from an upgrade in 2001, very little R&D seems to have been spent on the bike much after its original launch, hence it was very soon eclipsed by the R1, Fireblade, GSX1000. ZX10 and their subsequent upgrades.
The Daytona must therefore be compared alongside its then
contemporary opposition, e.g., the Honda CBR954RR Fireblade, Yamaha YZF1000R Thunderace and the Kawasaki ZX-9R against which it was pretty much either equal to or a nose ahead of the pack. Sadly, this situation did not last long for Triumph. The growing ascendancy of the R1 was soon to put it well in the shade, and as they say in the classics: the rest is history.