Leaked Online: 2015 Triumph Daytona 250 Spy Photos

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2015 Triumph Daytona 250

Captured by Germany’s Motorrad Online, these spy photos reveal the 2015 Triumph Daytona 250 in production form. The faired version of the Triumph entry-level single RideApart spied in October, the two bikes appear to share the majority of their parts and both will be manufactured at the firm’s brand-new facility in India.

2015 Triumph Daytona 250
2015 Triumph Daytona 250 sketch

The bike spied here is virtually identical to the sketch Triumph released at EICMA early last month. Same 2013 Triumph Daytona 675-esque headlights, same weedy forks, same single front brake disc, same angular fairing, same box-section swingarm and same large, practical tail unit with chunky grab rails.

Scheduled for production at the factory Triumph is opening in India this week, it’s expected the bikes will help the British brand break into the Southeast Asian motorcycle market. Sales in Europe and America are less certain, particularly given Triumph’s position as a premium brand in the west.

Motive force will be created by an all-new, 250cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled motor. Power and torque figures remain unknown, but will likely fall somewhat behind the 39 bhp / 20 lb.-ft. 2014 Kawasaki Ninja 300 and even the 2014 Honda CBR300R.

If Triumph brings the Daytona 250 to The States, would you buy one?

  • runnermatt

    I’m noticing a lot of similarities to the CBR250R. Some I’m sure are simply because that is the least expensive way to do it, i.e. box-section swing arm. Others like the five spoke wheels and the tail section, grab handles, and other styling points are also very similar.

    That said I think Triumph would be making a mistake to not bring it over to the US. Sure they are marketed as a premium brand here and that gives people aspirational desires of owning a Triumph one day. This could be the same as Harley Davidson, BMW and Ducati’s marketing strategies. That said if it was my company I would rather sell a bike that newbies can buy straight out of the gate. Just because someone is able to buy a Triumph Daytona 250 doesn’t mean they don’t still want a Triumph Daytona 675. By not providing a entry level bike these manufactures risk new riders learning to like bikes from other brands such as Honda and Kawasaki. Brand loyalty is very strong, that is why every car maker provides incentives to recent college graduates to buy their car. People are hesitant to switch to another brand because it is a unknown and people don’t like unknowns. Granted the bike market in the US is different that the car market and it will stay that way until bikes are viewed as good transportation by a majority rather than the toys they are now seen as.

  • Justin McClintock

    Well, to their credit, it is far less hideous looking than that 250 naked they’re running around on.

    • Sebastian Koch

      but still hideous

  • AlexKnolly

    I also noticed that the silver trim around the headlights on the 675 that this was spotted with was colored white to match the bodywork (there was also a black one that looked to be matching too, but there wasn’t a good enough photo to be sure). Fingers crossed this is a new style they adopt for 2014/2015.

  • mikki sixx

    A 250 Bonnie (Tiger Cub Redux) would be pretty amazing. A 250 Thrux would blow my mind, I’d pre-order today.

  • Arin Macchione

    I don’t see a reason to buy this over the CBR or Kawi, but I’d be all over a Scrambler 250.

  • Nathan Haley

    Would love to see a Tiger 250 XC dualsport as a lightweight adventure travel bike but I think I might be the only one! All depends on whether this little 250 engine can show us something new and interesting.

    • Maneesh Joshi

      +1 for that. In fact, that would be a stroke of genius for Triumph – there is no such bike in India at least.

      • Nathan Haley

        I believe the CRF250L is sold in India, isn’t it?

        • Maneesh Joshi

          No, the CRF250L is not sold in India. And that is a great pity. Hero Honda (the JV between Hero Motors and Honda, now dissolved) used to sell a 150 cc bike called the Impulse. They pulled it off the market in a year and are slated to re-introduce it, in 2014, with a 250 cc engine on the lines of the CRF.

          • Nathan Haley

            I learned something new today! Here I was thinking the CRFL was designed specifically with India in mind, and they don’t even sell it there. Wonder if the competition for small, inexpensive bikes is just too stiff for them to compete?

  • Aaron Baumann

    Yeah, I’m with most of the other comments so far. I’d love to see a 250 modern classic or even a 250 tiger, but the 250 sport bike market is pretty well covered.

  • pdad13

    Shame about the swingarm. And the 250 displacement. The game has moved on a bit. I think this could be a miss.

    • Piglet2010

      Plenty of tax/licensing reasons to stick to the 250cc displacement limit for a bike that will have most of its sales in south Asia.

  • LS650

    I have to agree with the previous comments that a 250 Scrambler or Bonnie-style retro would be much more appealing that yet another generic Ninja-wannabee.

  • juliansr

    i’d buy one. sounds dreamy.

  • Charles Quinn

    Unless they have something up their sleeve price- or spec-wise, based on what we can see here I can’t think of a single reason to pick this over a Ninja or CBR. In most other sectors they operate in Triumph either have uniqueness or strong tradition on their side, but here they’re up against it. It’s one thing to steal sales from BMW by aping them at the higher end of the market, completely different to try to take on Kawasaki and Honda in a cost-conscious sector where the Japanese have a long track record of excellence.

  • Flying Couch

    Christ, those are some weeny little forks. I imagine they’ll do the job for most of the people that will want to buy this, though. I might have been game for this a couple of years back.

  • John

    I don’t really see the point. Kawasaki and Honda already own this market, and have decades of experience making small motorcycles (because the licensing situation in Japan strongly encourages it). It doesn’t sound like it’d be any better performing than a little Kawasaki or Honda. The first year of any new model doesn’t tend to win awards for reliability. Maintenance tends to be pricier and harder to find for Triumphs than for Japanese bikes. It looks decent enough but I’m not sure I’d say it looks any prettier than a Ninja 300.

    Are there people who are so enamored with the Triumph brand that they’d buy a mini-Daytona, despite all the potential downsides? I ride a Triumph today, but I had no problem starting on a small Japanese bike.

    If Triumph want to make a new “small” bike, why not make a small Bonneville? The old T120 made less than 50 hp, so a modern 250-500cc engine would be comparable. The Bonneville is a Triumph classic design that even non-motorcyclists know, so it’d be perfect for newcomers. It’s a market segment the Japanese manufacturers really aren’t going after. (At least, not in America: Honda has the CB223S, but they don’t sell it here.) It seems like the perfect match.

  • Maneesh Joshi

    There is talk that Triumph will manufacture this bike in India and export it round the world. Hope they have more of exports than the indigenous market in mind. If the pricing of the recently launched CKD (ex Thailand with which country, India has an excellent FTA) models is anything to go by, Triumph seems to have a penchant for high margins. If this policy is followed for the new 250, it will be a still born project. In India, the Ninja 300 and its poorer cousin, the CBR 250 rule this segment completely. Triumph risks facing a disaster with this bike, especially in India and the rest of Asia. I have not added brand value dilution aspects to the equation yet.

  • akrokdesign

    KTM 390, suppose to arrive in 2015 also. Though it might be a bit pricey compare a 250. Hmm. It’s great there will be more choices. Too bad they don’t arrive ’14 though.

  • Ron j

    I think this is a VERY smart idea for Triumph. I started out on a
    Kawasaki Ninja 250… and as a result, I was looking for a Ninja 600
    when it was time for me to upgrade. Luckily, I found a used Triumph
    600TT for a great deal. After riding the 600TT, I was sold on Triumph
    and upgraded to a New Daytona 675. This is a great way for Triumph to
    develop brand loyalty among new riders… who will eventually “graduate”
    to something bigger.

    There were several things I loved in my
    Ninja 250 that were comparable to my Daytona 675 (that I didn’t find in
    other bikes)… Very narrow, agile, lightweight and confidence
    inspiring. If the new Daytona 250 has that… plus the high gas
    mileage, lower seat height, comparable with the other 250′s/300′s in
    price and performance and hopefully still that unique triple exhaust
    note… I will definitely buy one just for kicks.

  • KC

    I’d consider it, and I do have a CBR250R. I’d also consider the small Yamaha and KTM if they ever get here. I’m not particularly into brand loyalty. It’s simply a matter of dealer networks. Honda and Yamaha have a dealer close to my home.