My guess is it's not a naked 675, but rather a Daytona 1050 (the exhaust is my only clue, as noted in the article.
Yes, it has the 675 swingarm, but Triumph obviously already has that 675-style swingarm and frame to work with the 1050 motor in the Tiger. So, given Triumph's habit of parts-sharing, it wouldn't be too much of a stretch to see that as the basis for a new Daytona.
Of all Triumph's models, the big Daytona is the one which has gone longest without an update (the "classics" line doesn't count - they're supposed to be retro, rumors of a Rocket II midsize cruiser notwithstanding).
R100 - listen to the video again - especially the last few seconds.
To me it sounds more like a smaller displacement bike than a 1050. It also doesn't sound like it is wound out either. The 675 at high rpm has a distinctive sound - but that could be the silencers or poor sound quality. I have been known to be wrong.
The sound quality is as suspect as the video quality. Both are poor. The exhaust setup seems to be the key clue.
Now, the 675 has that WAY cool undertail exhaust. Logic says that if they were making a stripped 675, they would keep that. Why not? Why switch? No reason. An undertail ln a naked bike makes sense.
Now, all the 1050-motored bikes have high, side-mount exhausts - Tiger, Sprint, S3. So does this.
Hence, my amateur deduction.
Oh, and I have a Theory regarding the sound. Our current 1050 hits the rev limiter at around 9500 (learned the hard way). Now, Ducati and Aprillia, with their 1098 and 1000cc twins, manage redlines well above that - 11,000 for the Tuono. I'd have to look up bore/stroke and all that for all of 'em to figure out how much mass is being tossed back and forth, but it does seem to me that the Triumph is conservatively rated. It would make sense that a sportier Daytona version of the 1050 triple would rev higher, be peakier, sound different at speed, etc.
I dunno, I'm gonna try not to think about this too much, having to wait a year to hear about the new stuff gets rather agonizing. All the speculating, all the waiting, all the renderings... I did that last year regarding the new 'busa and naked 675, it all made me get a few grey hairs.
That said, it sure does sound like a not nearly wrung out smaller displacement powerplant than the 1050.
Whatcha think Triumph are putting out come 2008? New Hurricane? Baby Rocket? Nekkid 675? Kill the SpeedMaster (supplanted by Baby Rocket), Big 'tona?
Like I said, as curious as I am I'm going to try not to spend much time thinking about it all..It's January, they announce new models when?..Late October? Whew..way too much stress in the waiting room..
MCN article says it is new 1050 Daytona - makes comment on larger radiator than Speedy suggesting more power - Triumph spokesman says available in a shop near you later this year - apparently they painted it Yellow so that Papparazzi wouldn't pay it too much attention - also says that Security made photographer delete all his high res shots!!!
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