By John Burns
You knew this was coming shortly after Triumph agreed to enlist its three-cylinder engine into the Moto2 cause, but maybe we didn’t expect it quite so quickly. The Daytona Moto2 765 Limited Edition, says Triumph, is “the ultimate edition of Triumph’s legendary multiple Supersport Championship-winning Daytona,” and “the the closest you can get to a genuine Moto2 factory ride for the road.”
Actually this bike is pretty special, given that Triumph has mostly eschewed racing for decades. Moto2 seems to have rekindled some kind of fire. The new Moto2-derived 765cc Triple has the most power and torque of any 765 it’s built so far, says Triumph: 128 horsepower at 12,250 rpm and 59 pound-feet of torque at 9,750 rpm.
“The engine features a number of components and performance upgrades derived directly from the Moto2 engine development program,” says Triumph, “including titanium inlet valves, stronger pistons, MotoGP-spec DLC coated gudgeon pins, new cam profiles, new intake trumpets, modified con rods, intake port, crank and barrels, and an increased compression ratio. With a red line raised to 13,250 rpm, the engine revs 600 rpm higher than the brilliant Street Triple RS.”
Limited Edition, because Triumph says it will produce 765 of these for the U.S. and Canada, and 765 for Europe, Asia and the rest of the world. A billet aluminum top triple clamp will display your order of entry with a laser-etched number, along with the logo marking this one as the first-ever official Moto2 Dorna Sports-licensed motorcycle.
It’s the high-techest Daytona, too, with a full-color TFT screen (complete with official co-branded Moto2 start-up screen, five riding modes including …read more