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Triumph D2-492-39-03
Photo ou archives : M. Montange

Capacity : 1000
Model : Daytona
Production : 1991 -
Category : (R) Street Bike


1000 Daytona - 1990

A great sports tourer

The new Triumph range, which returned to the scene in 1990, consisted of six models with three- or four-cylinder engines of up to 1200cc, and were available in more or less sporty trim. The flagship of the, sporty range was the 1000ce Daytona four, and a 750 differing only in the use of a. three-cylinder power unit.

Sportster or Road Bike?

The Daytona was certainly a sports mount due to its riding position with high-set foot rests and low-set dropped handlebars (which incidentally imposed an excessively large turning circle). The picture was enhanced by its wide range of suspension adjustments and its four-piston front brake calipers. But apart from this equipment, the Daytona was above all an excellent road machine. It lacked nothing to qualify it as a rival to the brilliant – and far more exclusive – Japanese supersport bikes like the Yamaha EZR and Suzuki GSXR.

Comfortable Suspension

With comfortable suspension (which compensated for the riding position) and a highly flexible power unit bursting with torque, the 1000 Daytona is better suited to long journeys than the racetrack. Its roadholding is tight and precise, and only a succession of rapid S-curves will reveal the fact that it suffers from a little too much top-weight.


Engine: 998cc (76x55mm) water-cooled four-cylinder four-stroke

Power Rating: 100 hp @ 10,000 rpm

Valves: twin overhead-camshafts; 16 valves

Fuel System: four carburetors

Transmission: 6-speed, chain, final drive

Suspension: telescopic forks (front); swing arm with single damper (rear)

Brakes: twin discs with four-piston calipers (front); disc (rear)

Wheels: 17 inch (front); 18 inch (rear}

Weight: 518 lb

Sober and without any unnecessary gimmicks, the flagship of the 1990 Triumph range was a modern, well-balanced touring machine.

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