2013 Triumph Triumph Daytona 675 captured totally undisguised

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Triumph675.net has snagged this photo of the new 2013 Triumph Daytona 675 utterly undisguised, completely revealing the new model weeks ahead of its scheduled release at November’s EICMA show. Like the 2013 Triumph Street Triple, it appears as if upgrades are minimal, with the main change being a new, GP-style exhaust. Let’s detail the changes below.

Update: two additional photos in the gallery.

Comparing the 2013 (top) to the current model (above), we can see the following changes:

- Exhaust is now an underslung, GP-style affair. Can’t see it terribly well from this side, but it’s likely identical to that used by the new Street Triple.

- Because the subframe no longer needs to support the exhaust, it’s been made smaller and lighter, again in line with that of the Street Triple. It looks like plastic, but it’s die cast aluminum. On the Street, that new subframe and exhaust shaves 6kg.

- Along with that subframe comes a tiny, tiny, tiny (think: thong) pillion pad.

- New rear light more cleanly integrated into tail unit.

- Headlights appear similar, but gain a silver-colored piece of plastic reminiscent of eye shadow. Eww.

- The cut outs in the side fairings are now more angular. Same place and size as before, so it’s not likely there’s much cooling benefit, just looks.

- The body color side fairing now no longer extends all the way to the bottom, making for a larger, blacked-out belly pan.

- The bike captured here appears to be wearing new accessories catalog frame sliders (which look really nice) and blinkers.

- Suspension and brakes look identical, there may be new wheels with slimmer, more contoured spokes.

Changes to the Street Triple this year were largely dictated by tightening exhaust regulations in Europe, so it’s likely that the Daytona 675 is being updated for the same reasons. The Street received no power upgrades, so it’s unlikely the Daytona will grow its current 124bhp. It doesn’t really need to, that’s already a wonderful motor in a wonderful bike. Now with a tad less weight and with that weight a tad more centralized, it’ll be a little bit better.

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  • tomwito

    The subframe is new.

    • tomwito

      And everything on it…

  • BMW11GS

    The frame looks like they wanted to use every style of frame ever used on motorcycle, all together in one bike. Let’s see trellis, aluminum spar, aluminum square section, we’ll throw in a tube section and some triangulating spars and boom, 2013 Triumph 675.

    • Coreyvwc

      The frame and swingarm are exactly the same as the previous models, there’s just a new sub frame bolted on. Not stoked…

      • Alex

        Swingarm is definitely different. It’s different from the Striple swingarm too, which is interesting, but it’s different since it no longer needs to route the exhaust up through it.

    • BMW11GS

      I guess I just didn’t notice it before

  • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate Ben W

    “It looks like plastic, but it’s die cast aluminum.”

    It looks terrible compared to the old model, which seems like a major oversight.

    • Coreyvwc

      Important to note that the old sub frame was die cast aluminum as well. Just smaller pieces welded together to give the “look” of a tubular trellis sub frame. I know, I owned one.

      • NewOldSchool

        I always wondered, good to know!

      • Mitch

        I bet the new one is a stamped truss, rather than a real trellis.

  • tomwito

    It needs more power, that bike continues to get its ass kicked in every racing series.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Racing is more about the body of knowledge that exists around tuning and its affordability. Triumph is a smaller factory than Suzuki or Honda and competes in far fewer series, so it stands to reason that its racing won’t be up there.

    • rgo

      I wouldn’t say winning the British Supersport championship this year was getting ‘its ass kicked in every racing series’.

  • NewOldSchool

    I’m still confused about the rear sub frame. The old one was a trellis piece of art. The new one looks cast or stamped to look like a trellis, but isn’t. Cost cutting I would assume, but cheapens the look of the model as a whole.

    • Alex

      I agree. Would look a LOT better if it didn’t have the cross-member thing and was just either an outline or, for the sake of structural rigidity, was just a solid piece.

  • Slartibartfast

    Personally, the eye shadow thing and new subframe are not helping the Daytona aesthetically. And I’m also interested by the fact that the swing arm is different. I thought there was an earlier “spy” photo that showed the same swing arm as the Street Triple.

  • Glenngineer

    “reminiscent of eye shadow”

    This is a painfully astute observation, and now I can’t unsee it, and its killing me. I miss the white and blue one from a few years ago.

  • http://www.cdavisdesigns.com Chris Davis

    I love this bike but I don’t love the silver. The sub-frame looks more like the frame so in that way it is more cohesive but the silver paint makes it look plastic – ironic what with aluminum being naturally silver. Black and red was enough as clearly seen from the picture of last year’s bike. Have I ever mentioned I can help in this department?

  • http://lightsoutknivesout.tumblr.com/ Scott Pargett

    New triumphs are starting to look like some small korean company trying to copy japanese bikes.


    Agreed. Triumph styling is great because of the clean lines, looks like an ex designer from Kawasaki got hold of this.

    • robotribe

      I have to disagree with you about the clean lines; as brilliant a bike all of the 675s are, I wouldn’t say they have “clean lines”. I’d reserve that comment for Ducati Supersports.

      To me, the Daytona 675 or current Street or Speed Triples look a bit messy; almost cobbled together in their styling. The current subframe is welded tubes, but the main frame is organic and sculpted; almost like a design in transition that doesn’t know what it wants to be.

      At least the new styling is more consistent in its approach and language. “Better” or “worse” comes down to taste, but I think the 2013 looks more refined and thought through. Red, black, silver bits or otherwise doesn’t ruin the form. It may color it differently and provoke a reaction (success!), but it doesn’t define the overall impression.

      For the record, I love my ’09 Street Triple, but don’t think it’s a winner going by looks alone.

  • mchale2020

    It’s not bad… but I can’t help but wonder how much better it would look if the subframe took styling cues from the 675R’s red trellis. That was such a subtle exercise of restraint and good taste.

  • filly-fuzz

    I’ll reserve total damnation ’till I see it in the flesh but from the pics ……….

    It looks ball’s,
    thanks for fucking up the sexiest 600 Triumph

  • http://www.speedymoto.com SpeedyMoto

    Looks like we may need a couple new parts for the 2013 Daytona model..!

    • filly-fuzz

      I think a 2013 to 2006 conversion kit may be in order

  • Tony

    The R version will probably have the geometry updates on rake/trail like the Street R has. The current bike is really prone to lowsiding in track/race environment without aftermarket triples.