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Facelifts, usually at around the two-year mark, are all the rage in supersport 600 circles. It seems that Triumph isn’t immune to fashion (despite offering the class-defying Triumph Daytona 675 in a putrid shade of piss yellow), taking a knife to the Daytona’s still beautiful face in an effort to keep it at the top of the class. In addition to the more aggressive, yet bizarrely Honda DN-01-like headlights, the 2009 model loses 3kg (now 162kg), gains 3bhp (now 128bhp) and receives a host of less numerical but equally important tweaks.
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Most of the weight shaving takes place in the exhaust, which sheds 2kg,
while a useful 1kg is taken off the unsprung weight with new wheels.
Suspension and brakes are also upgraded; the latter feature Nissin’s
latest radial monobloc calipers.

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The power gain is thanks to a 450rpm-higher rev limit, while the stock
engine also gains the hydraulic cam chain tensioner and taller first
gear previously available in the race kit. An optional add-on will be a
“plug and play” quick shifter, which we’re both surprised and delighted
to see on a factory options list. We’d totally check that box but only
for novelty value. The 675 is already capable of far outperforming our
riding talent.

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Not pictured (thanks Triumph press photographer!) are the revised
instruments and cockpit. The 2009 model will be available in black and
red. We’ll take one of each.

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