2004 Triumph Daytona 600
2004 Triumph Daytona 600
The Daytona name is the stuff of legends for Triumph Motorcycles and not used lightly. The subtle, discreet logo on the Daytona 600’s purposeful bodywork reinforces just what this new bike is about; power, poise and complete control. Fully aware of its lineage Triumph has honed the Daytona 600 into a package that provides complete rider involvement. Also, impressed with the need for individuality, the Daytona 600 is a machine that not only looks very different but is also built with a level of care and attention to detail that ensures a great deal of owner satisfaction.
The heart and lungs of any motorcycle is its engine and the Daytona’s 599cc liquid-cooled four-cylinder motor pumps out plenty of power. The target output – 112PS (110bhp) – was reached but not at the expense of driveability and, by utilising Keihin twin-butterfly EFI throttle bodies and 32 bit processor, throttle response is razor sharp and precise. The lightweight exhaust system is made from 1.2mm thin wall steel tube and is of a 4-2-1-2-1 design with header lengths tuned to suit the intake system, head porting and combustion chamber shape. Peak power arrives at 12,750rpm. Peak torque, 68Nm (50.5ft.lbf), is delivered at 11,000 rpm.
The aluminium twin spar frame uses a three-cell construction and is both incredibly light and strong. Rake and trail are a lightning-sharp 24.6°/89.1mm and the wheelbase a diminutive 1390mm (54.7in). The front 43mm cartridge forks use single-rate springs. All fork internals – rods, cartridges and fixings – are made from aluminium and the forks are adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound damping. The lightweight rear shock is also adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound damping.
Twin four-piston calipers operate on the front 308mm discs with a single-piston caliper on the rear 220mm disc. The lightweight three spoke wheels are cast in aluminium. Tyres sizes are front, 120/70-ZR17, rear 180/55-ZR17.
The Daytona 600 is available in three paint options – Racing Yellow, Aluminium Silver and, new for 2004, Tornado Red. The seat cowl is supplied as OE, as is a colour matched rear hugger.
Triumph’s commitment to producing a fully focused sports machine for the real world paid off at the 2003 Isle of Man TT. The famous 37.73-mile circuit not only provides the backdrop for the greatest road motorcycle race in the world but remains to this day the ultimate test of a motorcycle’s power, handling and reliability – not to mention rider skill. The 2003 Junior TT (for Supersport 600 specification bikes) was won by Kiwi Bruce Anstey on the Triumph factory-backed ValMoto Daytona 600. He was a massive – by Junior TT standards, where differences are usually measured in fractions – 10.96s ahead of his nearest rival at the chequered flag and also won the race in record time, completing four laps in 1 hour, 15 minutes and 13.98 seconds. Bruce’s Triumph team-mates, Jim Moodie and John McGuinness, finished 9th and 10th respectively meaning that Triumph also won the coveted Junior TT Team Award.
This historic victory comes 28 years after a Triumph motorcycle last took a win at the TT. It not only proves the Daytona 600’s overall performance but also proves emphatically that there is now another choice for any motorcyclist considering a sports 600.
The Daytona 600 is a rare mixture blending technology, know-how, performance, ability and sheer beauty in one very compact and useable package. For no small reason does Triumph’s new bike proudly wear its Daytona badge. And rightfully too.
Changes for 2004:
– Launched in April 2003 as an early release 2004 model, the existing Daytona 600 colours are joined by a vivid third option – Tornado Red.
– Tornado Red
– Racing Yellow
– Aluminium Silver
2004 Triumph Daytona 600 Specifications:
Type Liquid-cooled, DOHC, in-line 4-cylinder
Bore/Stroke 68 x 41.3mm
Compression Ratio 12.5:1
Fuel System Twin-butterfly, multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection with forced air induction
Ignition Digital – inductive type – via electronic engine management system
Primary Drive Gear
Final Drive X ring chain
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Frame Aluminium beam perimeter
Swingarm Twin-sided, aluminium alloy
Wheels Front Alloy 3-spoke, 17 x 3.5in
Rear Alloy 3-spoke, 17 x 5.5in
Tyres Front 120/70 ZR 17
Rear 180/55 ZR 17
Suspension Front 43mm forks with adjustable preload, rebound and compression damping
Rear Monoshock with adjustable preload, rebound and compression damping
Brakes Front Twin 308mm floating discs, 4 piston calipers
Rear Single 220mm disc, single piston caliper
Length 2050mm (80.7in)
Width (Handlebars) 660mm (26.0in)
Height 1135mm (44.7in)
Seat Height 815mm (32.1in)
Wheelbase 1390mm (54.7in)
Weight (Dry) 165kg (363lb)
Fuel Tank Capacity 18 litres (4.7 gal US)
(MEASURED AT CRANKSHAFT TO DIN 70020)
Maximum Power 112PS (110bhp) at 12,750 rpm
Maximum Torque 68Nm (50.5ft.lbf) at 11,000 rpm
Two Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty
Riders Association Triumph Membership Included
Specifications are subject to change without notice, in accordance with national regulation and legislations.