I've had my eye on triumphs for a little bit. Specifically the triple cylinder bikes. I can't quite put my finger on why exactly I like them so much, but there is something about all of them that really does it for me.
If I were to have my pick, I'd choose the Daytona 675 SE or R.
If anybody is riding one, I'd love to hear what you have to say about them. Have you ridden other 600cc 4-cyl super sports? how does the 675 compare? Do they come with ABS? How are they on long trips? What are the likes/dislikes?
I find myself on kijiji looking at them a little too often...
I noticed that the Japanese 600cc bikes are more street bikes than track bikes. Better seats, softer shift, clutch and brake levers , less feed back from the road , better ergonomics. I could ride them longer than my Daytona, The Daytona gives you a lot of road feed back which is great for somewhat spirited to aggressive riding but not for communting or cruising. It wears down your body faster.
Their engines seem to be stale down low except for the Kawasaki and Suzuki. Those 2 600 bikes were torquey and had a nice midrange. The other 2 were flat down low and spiked up top! And that's me full throttle from a stop. So the power comes in differently, I would say the Daytona was like and over head valve V8 good power down low and in the midrange but not much up top but not too stale up top to notice. So the Japanese bike were more user and noob friendly. The Daytona had a smooth power bad all the way out top, It allowed me to be comfortable going wide open throttle from a stop and stay in it all the way up top, the jap bikes started to lift a little and I always backed out. or in 1st from a 30mph roll I would roll on to full throttle .
The problem I had was when I rode aggressively, they lacked that feedback I needed to keep that fast pace. I did not always know if that rear tire was planted, Suzuki's are hardest to lean, Yamaha's are quick to turn but not Daytona quick and you had to keep the revs high to get a good drive out of the turn, Kawasaki and Honda were slow and easy to turn as well so in an S turn I would hesitate because I didn't feel confident these bikes would flip to the otherside fast enough. My biggest issue was the brakes, after a a couple hard stops I lose some brake feel. The Daytona's were always hard but they stayed hard but the brakes would squeal, the Japanese bikes got softer...and softer causing you to brake earlier .
Build quality as mentioned above is not up there with the Daytona. It seemed to me these bikes were built to be manufactured fast and go fast but not to last. I do all my own maintenance on my Daytona and after seeing other Japanese bikes stripped down I can see the lack of quality. For example the top triple tree on Japanese bikes to me looks like a piece of metal with 3 holes drilled into. The Daytona looks a well designed piece of aluminum. Also on the Japaneses bikes I did not like how fuel lines and vacuum lines were routed, or the placement of the R/R.
These are my personal opinions so take them with a grain of salt. My GF has a Kawasaki ZX6R that we work on together and I know she is tired of my picking on her bike and how cheap some things look to me. LOL!