Triumph Motorcycles ran a race to remember in the 1966 Florida Daytona 200. American rider Buddy Elmore started 46th on the grid – yet came through to finish in first place (with an average speed of nearly 97 mph – in 1966!). This memorable victory was on a prototype motorcycle, too: the T100 Tiger. It was soon rechristened ‘Daytona’.
The British motorcycle firm revived the Daytona name in the 1990s, and it was soon back racing. It has since won the Isle Man TT, World SuperSports championships in Britain, Germany, France as well as the overall World title – and even scored another victory at the Daytona International Speedway.
And now the Daytona name has become even more storied. For 2019, Triumph is the sole engine supplier to the Moto2 World Championship – and it’s marking this fact with an ultra-special Daytona Moto2 765 Limited Edition, to be sold in strictly limited numbers in the U.S. and Canada, Europe, Asia and other key markets.
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Triumph describes the new Daytona Moto2 765 Limited Edition as “the closest you can get to a genuine Moto2 factory ride for the road”. Moto2 is the feeder series to the top-line MotoGP championship, and Triumph is delighted with its official partnership with the FIM MotoGP World Championship. It is the first time the officials have partnered with a manufacturer to make a Moto2-licenced ride.
The engine, for starters, is derived directly from the 765cc-triple racing motors. With 130 horsepower at 12,250 rpm, it is Triumph’s highest-ever 765cc output. “Race-bred power and performance for the road,” says the firm, although it isn’t all high-end drama: benefits can be felt throughout the rev range.
The new Daytona Moto2 765 Limited Edition also sounds incredible – genuinely like a Moto2 racer – thanks to the “unbelievable” sounds from a new Arrow titanium race exhaust. This TIG-welded can is directly inspired by the Moto2 silencer, and sounds particularly wild at the engine’s 13,250 rpm redline.
Even the gearbox is race-bred. The ratios are track-spec, using research straight from the Moto2 engine development programme. There’s a Triumph Shift Assist up- and downshifter as well, for clutchless gearshifts.
Slowing it down is a set of Brembo’s highest-performance brakes for a road-going motorcycle. The Brembo Stylema anchors are lightweight and immediate, proving durable on a circuit and light in weight. Brembo also supplies other components within the brake system for a premium performance.
Pirelli’s grippiest-ever high-performance Diablo Supercorsa SP tires are fitted, as is Ohlins front and rear suspension that’s adjustable for bump, compression and rebound.
This is a lightweight machine, lighter than the previous Daytona, despite its extra performance and features. The main frame weighs less, as does the rear swingarm, while the cast aluminium wheels are the lightest in its sector.
Feast of fiber
Amazingly, Triumph fits full carbon fiber bodywork. There’s a single piece cockpit with full fairing, a redesigned rear unit and carbon fiber mudguard, hugger, upper chain guard and race-spec lower chain guard.
The Moto2 racing engine development bike wears a modern Union Jack-style livery. This has inspired the branding of the Moto2 765 Limited Edition, which wears a bespoke Carbon Black, Graphite Grey and Aluminum Silver paint finish. Some of that carbon fiber is left exposed, pleasingly, and we also like the clear anodised finish on the main frame and swing arm.
Triumph will only make 765 machines for the U.S. and Canada, plus another 765 for Europe, Asia and other markets. Each will have its limited edition number laser-etched on the Moto2-branded aluminium top yoke, which is made from a single machined billet.
No Daytona has ever had this much equipment, boasts Triumph. The TFT display is, it says, category-leading, and there’s a custom Moto2 Triumph branded start-up graphic and lap timer for added special edition kudos.
Five custom riding modes are fitted to a Daytona for the first time: Rain, Road, Rider Configurable, Sport and Track. These alter throttle map, traction control and ABS settings, all masterminded by ride-by-wire (something Elmore could only dream of back in ‘66).
The Moto2 race team’s road project
The same team that worked on the Moto2 engines has overseen the creation of the Triumph Daytona Moto2 765 Limited Edition, says the Hinckley, Leicestershire company. Launched on the eve of the MotoGP British Grand Prix at Silverstone, it is “the most dynamic, agile and precise-handling Daytona ever”, and sure now to be in hot demand.
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