It's been one of the best Supersport machines of all time, but the Daytona 675 and 675R have seen their last days. Triumph have stopped production of these fantastic race-winning machines, as they are also about to do with the Street Triple 675 and Rocket III also.
That's right, you will find it more and more difficult to find any of these machines in dealers' showrooms from now on. In fact there appears to be a mad scramble for the last remaining new Daytona 675s that exist. The machine has had a long history, debuting way back in 2005 it soon made it to the top of the Supersport class with wins in the Masterbike 2006 and 2007 Supersport category. It also achieved a lot of race success winning the 2008, 2012, 2014, and 2015 British Supersport Championships, and the Isle of Man Supersport TT in 2014. It has gone through one major revision back in 2012 but otherwise has remained pretty solid to the original values it was created for.
The demise of the Supersport machine is due to a number of factors. Whereas it is true that the Euro 4 and EPA Emissions Regulations for motorcycles has meant that a lot of engines have had to be re-designed, that isn't necessarily a major factor. Many machines have been re-designed for Euro 4 and EPA without any problems. The main factor seems to be that no-one is buying Supersport machines anymore - as can be seen with the demise of the Honda CBR600RR earlier this year. There just isn't enough, if any, money to be made from developing a Supersport machine based on diminishing sales across the world. So I guess if you're looking for someone to blame for Triumph not offering a sports bike anymore then blame yourselves for not buying them.
Now whereas the Rocket III is rumoured to re-emerge as a V5, and the Street Triple about to become a 765cc machine, there will be no sports bike coming out of the Triumph factory. Triumph have insisted that 'the sportsbike market is not worth continuing in for Triumph' and have also insisted that 'there would most definitely not be a 765 or any other incarnation of sportsbike arriving'. So that's pretty clear. It would be rather ludicrous to produce a lacklustre 765 Daytona when everyone else is going for litre-plus sports bikes.
Another issue, now that Triumph have stopped production, is that spare parts will suddenly become a lot harder to find so you may start to see a lot less of these machines used in racing, track days, or on the street. So if you're still hoping to get yourself a new Daytona 675 then you better start ringing around dealers now, otherwise you may have to rely on the second hand market - and the rumour is that these machines will be kept in locked garages for years to come.