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Daytona Deliberations For owners and riders of Daytona 900, 955, 1000 & 1200

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Old 12-23-2012, 09:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Daytona; 955 vs 675

Looking for some opinions from anyone who has ridden both. I've been looking for an 02-06 955, but the reviews on the new 675 have been so good, I'm wondering if it's worth the obviously far greater expense incurred in acquiring a new one.

Curious how much the lighter weight of the 675 makes up for the power advantage the 955 enjoys. Any comments at all welcome, regarding performance, handling, comfort, etc.
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No deal on the NJ 955?

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Waiting to hear, but just curious. Plus I buy and sell bikes a lot, and I don't think I've sold one for less than I've bought one for yet. If I like the Daytona 955, I may sell the Sprint and buy something else. I have a Rocket Touring, so I really only use the Sprint for a Sport bike. I always buy in the Fall or Winter, and sell in Spring, that's usually good for a $500 margin on any bike.
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I own both. IMHO, they are two entirely different motorcycles from two different design eras and two different classes of motorcycle. The one (D955i) is Sports-Touring (was earlier considered to be in the Honda 954 Fireblade Superbike class); the other (D675) is pure Supersports. Much like chalk n' cheese they cannot be compared that well. As a result they ride so differently, each having totally different handling, braking and engine characteristics.

That said, in true 600-class fashion, in any corner, the lithe and svelte D675 would take the lead. In any straight, the extra thrust (and weight) of the D955i would pop its nose slightly ahead.

The D675 is very much a solo sports machine, whereas the D955i lends itself well to two-up riding.

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My wife won't even get on the Sprint, let alone either Daytona, LOL. (scared her once running it up to 140) I sort of figured along the lines of your response, if not apples to oranges, at least lemons to oranges. Not a lot of twistes around here, so the 955 probably would suit me better. Surprised you consider the 955 a sport/touring. I really like the Sprint, but the power could be better, the bags are handy for rain gear and such, but for any distance I would take my Rocket, or even my CB750, before the Sprint.
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I think the D955i might be a nose ahead of the 675 in the looks department as well, particularly the 02ce.

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I agree, Daytonas and Sprints are gorgeous bikes, the 675 more minimalist.
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Surprised you consider the 955 a sport/touring.
Without being detrimental to the excellent roadbike characteristics of the D955i, it is very yesteryear in terms of today's Superbikes.

That said, here is a good indication of its abilities



Here is a recent picture of my own stunningly crafted 2002 Daytona 955i Centennial Edition



As well as my gorgeously designed 2008 Daytona 675 on the right of the picture below

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I think comfort deserves a mention! The D955 can be ridden for long distances by most of us- it has an 'easy' sports riding postion and a reasonable seat and surprisingly good ride quality. I think that it's way more comfortable than the D675 which has lower handlebars and a more severe riding position.
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