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2021 Triumph Daytona Moto2 765 Limited Edition MC Commute Review

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Triumph Motorcycles made noise in 2019 after taking over official engine supplier duties (from Honda) in the Moto2 World Championship. To commemorate this milestone, Triumph has manufactured a street-legal Moto2 sportbike replica with its carbon fiber-clad Daytona Moto2 765 Limited Edition ($17,500).

Saddle up aboard Triumph’s Daytona 765 Moto2 replica in this review.

Saddle up aboard Triumph’s Daytona 765 Moto2 replica in this review. (Triumph Motorcycles/)
Editor’s note: We reported on this vehicle during the Triumph Daytona 765 Moto2 First Look and 2020 Triumph Daytona 765 Sportbike Unveiled articles. This content speaks about the Daytona’s riding dynamic on the street. Also read the 2020 Triumph Street Triple RS MC Commute Review to get up to speed on its sister offering.

The Daytona Moto2 765 Limited Edition is powered by a liquid-cooled 765cc inline-three that is based off the powertrain used in the Moto2 World Championship.

The Daytona Moto2 765 Limited Edition is powered by a liquid-cooled 765cc inline-three that is based off the powertrain used in the Moto2 World Championship. (Triumph Motorcycles /)
Swing a leg over the Daytona 765 and the seating position feels familiar for longtime Daytona 675 riders. The bike is narrow between the rider’s legs with a tall, forward-slanted seat wrapped in a premium high-grip material with fine stitching. The clip-on style controls are positioned in a focused-track-style manner. On a side note, there are no passenger accommodations.

Braking performance is a clear highlight of the Daytona Moto2 765 Limited Edition. However the calibration of the ABS (even in its least aggressive track setting) could be improved.

Braking performance is a clear highlight of the Daytona Moto2 765 Limited Edition. However the calibration of the ABS (even in its least aggressive track setting) could be improved. (Triumph Motorcycles /)
A new color TFT display and updated top clamp etched with the vehicle’s production number signal you’re aboard something special. Fire up the engine and the I3 whines to life with its signature note. It sounds even more sweet with its OE-fitted Arrow titanium muffler.

We love the charismatic and fun-loving howl that Triumph’s I3 produces. It sounds even sweeter with this titanium muffler from Arrow.

We love the charismatic and fun-loving howl that Triumph’s I3 produces. It sounds even sweeter with this titanium muffler from Arrow. (Triumph Motorcycles/)
With its larger-capacity 765cc engine the Daytona has added punch, especially off the bottom. This helps pull its taller first gear with ease and not much clutch slip. Renowned for its midrange, the engine is subtly fatter in this rpm range too. An electronic up-and-down quickshifter makes it easy and fun to rip through the six-speed gearbox. Triumph says the engine is good for 128 hp but we estimate around 116 ponies at the Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP V3 rear tire.

Brembo’s MCS-type master cylinder is a game changer. It allows the rider to modify brake feel and bite based on preference.

Brembo’s MCS-type master cylinder is a game changer. It allows the rider to modify brake feel and bite based on preference. (Triumph Motorcycles/)
Hold the throttle wide for a few moments and it’s easy to fall in love (again) with the Daytona’s charismatic engine howl and connected rear tire feel. There’s a reason why other motorcycle manufacturers have engineered their own middleweight-plus I3s. The engine drinks from a 4.6-gallon tank and we averaged 37.5 mpg during mostly high-speed riding.

The Daytona Moto2 765 Limited Edition is graced with a color TFT display. It's angled a tad low and it could be brighter during daytime rides.

The Daytona Moto2 765 Limited Edition is graced with a color TFT display. It's angled a tad low and it could be brighter during daytime rides. (Triumph Motorcycles/)
The 765 now benefits from a ride-by-wire throttle system which enables user-adjustable riding mode selection (Rain, Road, Sport, Track, and a customizable user setting). The throttle response remains as accurate as Triumph’s outgoing analog setup.

Advanced track day riders will appreciate the fully independent damping adjustment function of the Ohlins TTX-generation shock.

Advanced track day riders will appreciate the fully independent damping adjustment function of the Ohlins TTX-generation shock. (Triumph Motorcycles /)
Each mode is tied to a specific engine, throttle, and traction control maps. The electronics generally work well at a moderate street pace, but feel dated compared to contemporary sportbike electronic packages.

This Triumph Moto2 replica benefits from full carbon fiber body work that not only looks awesome but reduces its curb weight to around 410-pounds with fuel.

This Triumph Moto2 replica benefits from full carbon fiber body work that not only looks awesome but reduces its curb weight to around 410-pounds with fuel. (Triumph Motorcycles /)
Chassis-wise the 410-some-pound Daytona remains nimble and apt to play. Steering geometry is relaxed slightly, which improves stability and reduces propensity for headshake during full-open throttle application. The Daytona continues to roll on manually adjusted Öhlins suspension.

Each Moto2 replica is adorned with its production number atop the triple clamp. A total of 1,530 vehicles are being manufactured worldwide.

Each Moto2 replica is adorned with its production number atop the triple clamp. A total of 1,530 vehicles are being manufactured worldwide. (Triumph Motorcycles /)
The suspenders offer a firm ride with pleasing action, and a wide range of damping adjustment. Track riders will especially appreciate the shock’s separate (TTX) compression and rebounding damping circuits that provide more accurate adjustment. Even though the components are 8 years old, they still perform well.

An electronic up-and-down quickshifter makes it easy to keep the 765cc engine in the meat of its powerband. We also value the added stability it offers during corner entry.

An electronic up-and-down quickshifter makes it easy to keep the 765cc engine in the meat of its powerband. We also value the added stability it offers during corner entry. (Triumph Motorcycles/)
Aside from the delightful engine character, the braking package is a clear highlight. The Brembo radial-mount calipers and MCS-type adjustable-ratio master cylinder offer voracious brake bite with just the right amount of feel from the lever. Fixed, always-on ABS mitigates slides and braking instability. However, again, the ABS programming hardware input is of a more old-school design versus modern cornering ABS systems.

The Daytona 765 rolls on Pirelli’s fantastic Diablo Supercorsa SP V3 high-performance street and trackday rubber.

The Daytona 765 rolls on Pirelli’s fantastic Diablo Supercorsa SP V3 high-performance street and trackday rubber. (Triumph Motorcycles/)
Price aside, there is a lot to like about riding this Moto2 replica. It’s a peppy sportbike with a fun-loving character that only one other sportbike can match in this displacement category. Its tried-and-true chassis remains nimble yet offers a hint more stability than we remember with the outgoing Daytona 675R. The front brakes are also one of the most adept setups at shedding speed on a sportbike. If you want to own a piece of grand prix racing history that you can ride to work, now’s your chance.

For those who want to own a piece of grand prix racing history that they can ride to work, enter the $17,500 Triumph Daytona Moto2 765 Limited Edition.

For those who want to own a piece of grand prix racing history that they can ride to work, enter the $17,500 Triumph Daytona Moto2 765 Limited Edition. (Triumph Motorcycles/)
Gearbox

Helmet: Shoei RF-SR

Jacket: Alpinestars Viper Air

Gloves: Alpinestars Warden

Pant: Alpinestars Copper V2

Boots: Alpinestars Faster 3

2021 Triumph Daytona Moto2 765 Limited Edition Technical Specifications And Price

PRICE$17,500 as tested
ENGINE765cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled inline-three; 12-valve
BORE x STROKE78.0 x 53.4mm
COMPRESSION RATIO12.9:1
FUEL DELIVERYMultipoint sequential electronic fuel injection w/ SAI
CLUTCHWet, multiplate w/ slipper function; cable actuation
TRANSMISSION/FINAL DRIVE6-speed/chain
FRAMEAluminum-beam twin spar
FRONT SUSPENSION43mm Öhlins NIX 30 fork, preload, rebound, and compression damping adjustable; 4.2 in. travel
REAR SUSPENSIONÖhlins TTX 36 twin-tube monoshock, rebound and compression damping adjustable; 5.2 in. travel
FRONT BRAKESBrembo Stylema 4-piston radial Monoblock calipers, twin 310mm floating discs w/ switchable ABS
REAR BRAKEBrembo 1-piston caliper, 220mm disc w/ switchable ABS
WHEELS, FRONT/REARCast aluminum alloy 5-spoke; 17 x 3.5 in.; 17 x 5.5 in.
TIRES, FRONT/REARPirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP V3; 120/70-17 / 180/55-17
RAKE/TRAIL23.2°/3.6 in.
WHEELBASE54.3 in.
SEAT HEIGHT32.4 in.
FUEL CAPACITY4.6 gal.
CLAIMED DRY WEIGHT363 lb.
WARRANTYTwo years
AVAILABLENow
CONTACTtriumphmotorcycles.com
 
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