Author Topic: Triumph to pull the plug on the Daytona?!  (Read 1420 times)

Offline IanC

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Triumph to pull the plug on the Daytona?!
« on: January 18, 2016, 12:53:03 pm »
The rumor mill has been churning out bits about the death of the Daytona lately. I'm obviously a bit biased but I really hope this isn't the case. I'd like to see it getting the 800cc engine the Street Triple will be getting as well as the electronics package Triumph is tossing at most of their new line. A Speed Triple based 1050 would have been a nice option to have as well.
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Re: Triumph to pull the plug on the Daytona?!
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2016, 12:04:40 pm »
I am not into Triumphs, but good looking bike.

Hate to see any bike dropped unless replaced by something nicer.
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Re: Triumph to pull the plug on the Daytona?!
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2016, 09:07:24 pm »
I know nothing but it will be interesting to see what they have in mind to replace it with.
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Re: Triumph to pull the plug on the Daytona?!
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2016, 09:25:38 pm »
I was camped next to a Triumph electronics development engineer at the Isle of Man a couple of months ago and when I mentioned my son had a Daytona 675R and loved it he told me that model was not going to developed any more.  So...that seems to tell me that Triumph is getting out of the medium sized sport bike biz along with other manufacturers who have deemphasized what was one of the hottest market niches in motorcycling only 5 or 6 years ago. 
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Re: Triumph to pull the plug on the Daytona?!
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2016, 11:29:41 pm »
It's sad to see it dropped. Hopefully mine will eventually become an appreciating classic.
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Re: Triumph to pull the plug on the Daytona?!
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2016, 09:04:35 am »
It's sad to see it dropped. Hopefully mine will eventually become an appreciating classic.

I think the passing of the 600's is a trend across the industry.  It's not hard to see why.  The 600's were as tech intensive and cost as much to develop and produce as the as the bigger sport bikes but sold for less money and therefore could only be profitable if the sales numbers were big.  With the drop in sales due to a lot of things that profitability dropped too. 
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Re: Triumph to pull the plug on the Daytona?!
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2016, 01:03:18 pm »
this is a sad trend.  Chris your explanation of the cost/profit seems sound.  but it's still sad.  the 250's seem to be going away as well.  seems to me like the industry is killing off the entry level bikes.  Not everyone needs a 250 or a 600, but there are plenty of folks that actually do.

Well, when all the Big Boys completely stop producing small bikes, that'll open up the market someone else to fill that gap.  Whatcha' think Rick, want to start a MC factory in Mo-town?

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Re: Triumph to pull the plug on the Daytona?!
« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2016, 05:56:50 pm »
this is a sad trend.  Chris your explanation of the cost/profit seems sound.  but it's still sad.  the 250's seem to be going away as well.  seems to me like the industry is killing off the entry level bikes.  Not everyone needs a 250 or a 600, but there are plenty of folks that actually do.

Well, when all the Big Boys completely stop producing small bikes, that'll open up the market someone else to fill that gap.  Whatcha' think Rick, want to start a MC factory in Mo-town?

Bud, While I think 600 class sport bikes are on the wane mid-sized bikes in other niches are doing well.  Many companies have introduced "adventure' 650 class bike and also standards.  Think of the reintroduction of the Suzuki SV650 for example.  Also we're seeing a new resurgence of small bores with the Honda Grom and now the Kawasaki KZ125.  So, overall the industry is doing better than anytime in the last 10 years but the market focus has changed.  And since I never thought the race replica 600s were a good idea as a beginner bike I'm mostly liking the changes.

I would like to see more choices in sporting 750s since I've often thought the 750s were at the sweet spot of the power and handling compromise.

Thanks for commenting.  I think your point about someone else making the smaller bikes if the major players don't is spot on and I can think of some examples of that in India, Korea and China.

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Re: Triumph to pull the plug on the Daytona?!
« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2016, 06:22:33 pm »
While not a sport bike guy I hate to see stuff like this in a way.Since I don't follow this may already be the case but I would hope the larger bikes cost enough to deter the inexperienced from jumping into 1.I know the 600s had plenty of get you in over head power but that same person on a 1000 would really be scarey.Maybe thats part of it.Not as easy access to a fast machine till you are more apt to be able to handle it so youll be around longer to buy more machines.You probably aren't far of in your thoughts on why its happening.
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