FYI :In my search for the next bike, which will hopefully be next year, I will take every opportunity to ride an assortment of bikes, because while I sometimes think I know what I want for my second bike, I, in fact have no idea.
FYI: Rider experience is 2 months on a 250cc ninja
The next paragraph or two may seem trivial to those already rockin' 600cc + sportbikes, but this is coming from someone who has a few months on a 250cc ninja.
The Daytona 675:
First things first, this may be the most beautiful looking streetbike on the road...especially the new R line in white with the red subframe and new Triumph logo. Sorry for those who had some sentimental nostalgia to the old Triumph logo, I never did and I think the new one looks great. Anyways, this bike really is the tits when it comes to looks.
So up on the bike I go and "...what the...hell, am I supposed to be leaning this far forward...and my head wants to...this can't be right". Frick I must look a lil awkward.
Now I'm thinking I agreed to take this bike out, be cool, look natural....give it a lil rev, let him know you know what's u... *VWOOM* "WTF is that?, was that the engine!?" Oh God, this bike might kill me. Where is my little faithful 250, she would never yell at me like this screaming harpy of a bike. But damn does it sound nice.
So off the lot I go, awkwardly, under-revving and almost stalling her. Tense in the wrists with this new leaning forward position I am not used to. A few turns and I get to some open roads and then I give the throttle a lil twist...
...aaaaaaand wow does this bike go. I wasn't certain if I was moving towards my destination or if the bike was merely sucking everything in front of it rapidly towards some gaping black hole that must surely be at the front of this bike. Wow!
Cracking her open a little more and everything around me goes still. The cars that were moving have stopped, people pause midstep as I rocket forward in a surge of brilliant torque that renders the rest of the world motionless, except that in the blink of an eye, what was once in front of me has disappeared into the chasm of who the ef cares behind me.
I slow it down and I am more relaxed but still not over the awkward seating position that I am not sure I could ever get used to. I return it to the lot because I, and they, both know this is not a bike I am serious about and no sense taking it for a long cruise. I treated the bike respectfully not out of fear but because I was given this opportunity. But I did not have to abuse this bike to see the potential power it can throw down.
The Triple is an amazing engine, and I really wish I had more to compare it to, but I don't. But I was truly in awe when I opened 'er up.
Conclusion: I am fairly certain this is not the bike for me. The seating style is not my preference and the power, though glorious and readily available is more than enough for me. I would like to take in my surroundings, not watch them fall off behind me in a blur. The brakes where meh too, though the R version has Brembos.
I do not need so much power in a bike, and I think I can rule out the super sport/street category alltogether. I don't want to say with 100% certainty that I don't want a super sport/street or whatever category it is called...the one where you are lying on top of the bike as opposed to sitting on it. I wouldn't totally rule it out based on a 10 minute ride. So let's just say initial impression not favourable.
I'm just glad i survived.