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Two-wheeled daredevils tend to steer straight for the liter bikes when shopping for fast motorcycles. However, not everyone needs a ballistically powerful 1,000cc sport bike. Instead, a high-revving, lightweight motorcycle can deliver. Enter the 2024 Triumph Daytona 660, a new triple with more than enough gusto for the average rider.  

The 2024 Triumph Daytona 660 is a one-inch punch for small-displacement motorcycles

A black 2024 Triumph Daytona 660 parks in a city square.
2024 Triumph Daytona 660 | Triumph

The Triumph Daytona lineup isn’t one to produce liter bikes like the modern Suzuki GSX and Yamaha YZF-R lineups. Instead, post-millennium models hit the road with a 675cc triple. It was a solid contender for some of the tenured Japanese competition like the Yamaha R6 and Honda CBR600RR.

However, Triumph discontinued the Daytona 675 and 675 R before the 2019 model year. Still, the Daytona didn’t stay gone long. Today, Triumph is rolling out the full-fairing nameplate again with a 660cc inline three-cylinder engine. The triple is a popular presence in the Triumph lineup. From the Street Triple 765 to the 2,500cc Rocket 3, the British motorcycle marque loves its triples.

The new 2024 Triumph Daytona 660 manages to produce 93.6 horsepower from its 660cc mill, 12.6 more than the Trident 660 with the same bore and stroke. Granted, 93.6 horsepower doesn’t seem like much in the age of 200+ horsepower motorcycles. However, the Daytona’s 443-lb wet weight proves that lightness can thrill akin to high horsepower figures. 

Of course, riders won’t care about power on their lightweight Daytona. No, they’ll be more interested in the big-piston 41mm Showa front forks, Showa adjustable rear end, and 310mm dual disc front brakes. What’s more, the Daytona’s four-piston brakes connect to a Continental ABS modulator.

The result? The new Triumph Daytona 660 is a solid competitor for the Suzuki GSX-600R and the Yamaha R6. At $9,195, the Daytona 660 starts at just $4 less than the R6. Better yet, the new Daytona undercuts the Suzuki GSX-600R by $2,704.

Engine 660cc inline three-cylinder 
Horsepower93.6 hp at 11,250 rpm
Torque50.9 lb-ft 
Weight443 lbs (wet)
Starting price$9,195

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Source: Motorcycle News, Triumph Media