Daytona Limited Edition launch

Follow the legends on road and track

The new Daytona offers riders a unique double opportunity… to follow in the tyre tracks of giants such as Buddy Elmore and to taste the high-octane thrill of the current Moto2TM season.

The modern-day Daytona – a name synonymous with Triumph’s all-conquering bike since Elmore won on a prototype T100 Tiger from 46th on the grid at the 1966 Florida Daytona 200 – is the highest-ever specification of this British racing legend. It will also be rare – Triumph is producing a limited run of just 765 individually laser-etched numbered bikes for the US and Canada and 765 for Europe, Asia and the rest of the world.

Top tier racing

Its launch comes as Triumph celebrates a trailblazing return to the top tier of racing as exclusive engine supplier to the Moto2TM World Championship and a unique partnership with the FIM MotoGPTM World Championship. It’s been designed by the same team that developed the Moto2TM engine and features a unique new Moto2TM-derived triple engine delivering Triumph’s highest- ever power and torque from a production 765.

With peak power of 130 PS at 12,250 rpm and torque of 80 Nm at 9,750 rpm, the new engine delivers race-bred power and performance… for the road. That exhilarating upgrade can be felt low down and across the rev range, with a unique tune and the advanced ECU from the Street Triple RS.

Silverstone launch

As the sun sets across Silverstone and a rock band across the track entertains the audience who have turned up early for the MotoGPTM weekend, the two Daytonas are revealed to a global press audience.

The evening began with an exclusive mid-season review from the Triumph team, Dorna and Externpro, in which they announced that the Moto2TM  Street Triple engine had set a new speed record of 306kmph, beating previous Moto2TM engines.

When black covers were pulled back to show the two bikes, the Daytona design heritage was clear to see. As was the Moto2TM  logo on the tail fairing of the bike and on the aluminium top yoke that also displays a laser etched limited edition number. Stuart Wood, Chief Engineer, said: “These are special bikes. They’re the only production line Daytonas we will be making.”

Moto2… for the road

From a lineage of multiple Supersport Championship-winners, the new Daytona Moto2TM 765 is indisputably the closest thing to a genuine Moto2TM factory ride for the road.

“The Moto2TM link has made the difference,” says Greg Ross from The Times. “Owners are going to feel special and unique riding it. It’s going to make people sit up and take notice – just like when a Ferrari F40 drives by.”

The new carbon fibre body Daytona is lighter than the previous generation and features new top spec Brembo Style brakes, track-ready Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tyres and race-ready Öhlins suspension, as well as a sound you’d expect from the new Arrow titanium race can.

This 21st-century Daytona has more technology than its predecessors, with full-colour TFT instruments, five riding modes – Rain, Road, Rider Configurable, Sport and Track – all of which adjust the throttle map, traction control settings and ABS settings to suit the riding style and road conditions, enabled via ride-by-wire. There’s even a lap timer for the real track fans.

The Daytona has always been popular with riders who want to take their bikes to track days. However, says Imre Paulovits from Motorrad, “this new bike is much more than that. It has all the Daytona features but is more higher end performance, finish and equipment.”

Unmistakeable Moto2 sound

Its engine also features a number of components and performance upgrades derived directly from the Moto2TM engine development programme, including titanium inlet valves, stronger pistons, MotoGPTM-spec DLC coated gudgeon pins, new cam profiles, new intake trumpets, modified con rods, intake port, crank and barrels, and an increased compression ratio.

A new exhaust system with TIG-welded high-performance Moto2TM-inspired Arrow titanium race can, delivers the unmistakeable Moto2TM sound while the new side-mounted, upswept style silencer has been optimised for performance, reliability, efficiency and lightness.

As the journalists at the launch are being told they have to wait for Sunday to see (and hear) the bike in action on a Parade lap, there’s a treat in store. The volume of the sound system in the room is cranked up to play a recording of the engine in action – and there is visible enjoyment on everyone’s faces.

Track optimised gear ratios

As the closest you can get to a genuine Moto2TM factory ride for the road, the new Daytona Moto2TM 765 Limited Edition features a new gearbox with track optimised gear ratios. The first gear ratio has been directly informed by the Moto2TM engine development programme.

“The first gear is quite tall,” says Dan Sutherland from MCN. “That’s going to appeal for maximum speed on track days, although as a limited edition, some of these bikes will end up in people’s living rooms being admired, rather than being ridden on track.

“It’s a nice-looking bike, reminiscent of the old bike with extra capabilities and poke,” Dan continues. “The weight is going to improve the handling too although the handling was good already.”

Performance, poise and style

Completing its performance-focused poise and style, the main frame and swing arm have a distinctive weight-reducing clear anodised finish. This, along with the characteristic twin headlight, rear paddock stand bobbins and LED indicators, make the stylish new Daytona Moto2TM 765 ready for any road or track.

Isle of Man TT 2019 win

Built on recent track successes, the triple-powered 675 won at the Isle of Man TT, the British, German, French and World SuperSports championships and back at the Daytona 200.

This year’s winner of the Isle of Man Supersport race 2, Peter Hickman is here to celebrate the bike’s launch: “Triumph’s involvement and support this year made all the difference to being able to win.

“I really like the new bike. It would be great if my TT bike could have some of these improvements such as the carbon fibre but it just wouldn’t be allowed. I was hoping to try it out and ride the Parade lap on Sunday but Loris Capirosso beat me to it.”

Peter Hickman admiring one of the Moto2™ bikes
Peter Hickman admiring one of the Moto2™ bikes

35 new Triumph accessories

Just in case it’s not exclusive enough, there are more than 35 genuine Triumph accessories available, with styling, protection and security features. New accessories include contemporary scrolling LED indicators with gloss black cast aluminium bodies, plus a beautiful machined aluminium rear brake reservoir with a laser etched Triumph branded lid. Additionally, riders can add engine and fork protectors, a tail tidy, TPMS and a quick release tank bag.

It’s the closest you can get to a genuine Moto2TM factory ride for the road, and a truly unique motorcycle – the new Daytona Moto2TM 765 Limited Edition is the first ever official Moto2TM Dorna Sports licensed motorcycle.