To us, the Triumph Daytona 675R is the Triumph of 2011. Not only does it give you $3,960 worth of Ohlins suspension, Brembo brakes and a standard quickshifter for just a $1,496 premium over the standard bike, but those components combine with solid colors and minimal graphics to elevate what was a brilliant, quasi-exotic sportbike into something truly special. Here’s 54 high-res images taken at Portugal’s Portimao Circuit.

Visually, the R adds white paint, a red subframe and a carbon fender and mudguard to the standard Triumph Daytona 675. Mechanically, the R brings an Ohlins TTX36 shock ($1,400), Ohlins NIX30 forks ($1,200 for the cartridges alone), Brembo Monoblock brake calipers ($999), an 18mm Brembo radial master cylinder ($360) and a Triumph quickshifter.

All that upgrade sweetness is added to a bike that’s already the most unique, engaging model on offer in the supersport segment. The 675cc three-cylinder in the Daytona makes 124bhp and 53lb/ft and is just a ridiculous joy to use, combining the mid-range of a larger bike with the screaming top end of a 600. Its chassis also manages to combine an exotic, high-performance feel — tall, narrow, steep and stiff — with an accessible ease-of-use that rivals that of bikes like the CBR600RR. We’re completely in love with the stock 675, the R makes us drool.

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