Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Port Washington, New York
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Well, aesthetics aside, the advantages of a lower, shorter, mass-centralized exhaust are undeniable.
There comes a point where improving the performance means making changes that some of us might not like. The old bike is so good already, they had to find gains somewhere. The exhaust was one of the few obvious areas for improvement.
You can be assured that if Triumph didn't try to move the bike forward, there would be a very loud outcry when the bike was finishing fourth in comparison tests.
Besides, the idea that the Daytona was somehow unique because it had an undertail exhaust is not really true. Ducati really adopted it for production bikes first. And the CBR600RR still has one. Plenty of other bikes had them and most abandoned them.
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