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Long Term: Triumph Daytona 675

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Words: Alameen Merchant                                                                                                                                     People often ask me why I picked up a Triumph Daytona 675 despite previously owning a Yamaha R1. Ditching the Japanese supremacy of the in-line four-litre class for a Brit triple would sound like a downgrade. But frankly, it was more of an upgrade for me. The Triumph Daytona 675 is easier to manage, easier to ride and more importantly easier to live with. I had picked it up in 2016 and have not regretted my decision. Until that is of course, I met her latest naked sibling – the Street Triple RS.

Boy what a hoot it is. With the RS badge of honour, the Street Triple has transformed in to perhaps the best piece of equipment one can buy for the track, road, highways and canyon-blasting. I was floored by its dynamism when I had a short spin around Lavasa and she completely made me go weak in my knees at our jury meet at the MMRT. Man, this bike is perfect for circuit racing. Almost as good, if not better, than the Daytona.

That just leaves me longing for more and in a really confounded state of mind. Should I find a buyer for my current Daytona and add a few more bucks and upgrade to the Street Triple RS? It would go with everything I ever longed for from my motorcycle – it had to be a supersport. However, the Street Triple RS has just about created that void in my heart for me to accept that nakeds can be my cup of tea too. I am just wishing that Triumph puts me out of my misery and brings in the Triumph Daytona 765 soon enough. The prototype race bike was doing the rounds of Valencia and that just leaves me waiting to upgrade on to the Daytona itself. God help me!

Price when new:                    Rs 10.69 lakh
Km clocked this month:      229km
Fuel Efficiency:                     16kmpl
Repairs:                                  NA
Cost Incurred:                       Nil
Running total:                       Rs 1,086/-

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