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Getting Closer: Low-Mileage 2004 Triumph Daytona 600 for Sale

2004 Triumph Daytona 600 R Front

Earlier versions of the reborn Triumph’s Daytona didn’t bother trying to compete head-to-head with the Japanese sportbikes, which was probably a wise move: the early, spine-framed 900cc bike was well-built and made plenty of useable power, and the later T595 [actually a 955cc] added superlative handling to the mix, but both were far too heavy to compete directly against their counterparts from the Land of the Rising Sun. But by the time this Daytona 600 came around, Triumph felt they were ready to take on the Japanese directly, without having to fall back on Euro-snobbery or “character.”

Close, but no wasabi.

2004 Triumph Daytona 600 L Side

The CBR-looking TT600 came first, but it was cursed with unrefined fuel-injection and was definitely not a looker. The Daytona 600 seen here that was introduced in 2003 has an angular, stealth-fighter style that is well-balanced, but looks like it’s trying just a bit too hard. It certainly hasn’t aged as well as the T595, although maybe it just needs a few more years to grow on me…

2004 Triumph Daytona 600 Dash

Revised Keihin electronic fuel injection smoothed out the earlier TT600’s powerband, although extremely oversquare bore and stroke dimensions of 68mm x 41.3mm mean that the bike is pretty gutless below 7,000 rpm. That’s pretty standard for the 600cc class, but testers noted the Daytona’s gutlessness was particularly pronounced. It was also down a few horses on the competition at the top and, in the ultra-competitive 600cc class, just a couple ponies can make the difference between success and failure. Handling was first-rate though, with a nice balance of agility and stability, all without being overly harsh.

2004 Triumph Daytona 600 L Rear

Looking at the Daytona 600 as a used bike buy, when cutting-edge performance is no longer quite so important, those minor flaws seem far less important, and the bike does offer up very striking, almost kit-bike looks and enough performance and handling to keep even experienced riders entertained. The only question is parts availability: these are pretty uncommon bikes here in the US and don’t seem to be all that well supported by the aftermarket either.

Today’s example has just 824 miles on it and appears to be in excellent condition, with a price that might just have you wondering whether you might have room in your garage for something just a bit odd for the sake of being odd.

2004 Triumph Daytona 600 Fairing Detail

From the original eBay listing: 2004 Triumph Daytona 600 with 824 Miles for Sale

You are looking at a 2004 Triumph Daytona 600 with 824 miles on it. It is Tornado Red in color and powered by a 599cc fuel injected engine and 6 speed transmission. This bike comes with 2 keys. There are no dents or dings on the bike that I can find, however there are scratches on the rear fender, mirrors, and exhaust. The chrome and aluminum are in good condition and the tires have good tread left on them.

 

2004 Triumph Daytona 600 Clocks

It's always funny to me when sellers list how much tire life is left: they’re wear items, and tires on sportbikes last just a few thousand miles anyway.  More of a question for collectors: are the original turn signals included, since they appear to be missing... These Daytonas were certainly competent sportbikes, but there’s really nothing to recommend them over a GSX-R600 or R6 except for styling, which is subjective, and their rarity. If you’re a collector of quirky rare bikes in general, or Triumphs in particular, this low-mileage example is certainly worth a look, especially at that $3,450 Buy It Now price. If you’re looking for a bike to ride, you’re probably better off with the earlier Daytona T595 triple or the later 675, both of which provide less gimmicky styling and character that’s noticeably different when compared to the Japanese sportbikes of their respective eras.

-tad

2004 Triumph Daytona 600 R Side

5 Comments

  • The perfect bike to get around playing Pokemon Go on! I always thought that these looked very Japanese cartoony.

    The ’05 was the one to have that was “punched out” to a 650. The 600 was still gutless and had little to no midrange. The fuelling was vastly improved over the previous TT generations. Handling was very light and predictable.

    • It’s a pretty cool little bike, especially at that price! Is a GSX-R600 a “better” bike? Probably. But they’re kind of everywhere, and I doubt there’s a noticeable performance difference between the two, unless you ride them back-to-back. Reliability is supposed to be okay too, I just wonder about getting parts and service here in the US.

  • The price seems super reasonable for an. Essentially unused machine. There must be an interesting story behind this. No mile, no signals and a price that does not say this is a market speculator that had this squirreled away… There must be a story there.

    Joe rider buys a new bike and starts the usual predictable mods (pipe and flush mount sigs). Gets hit by lightning. 10 years later the family decides to part with it to fund JRs first car. Sells low.

    Something…

  • There is something off about this bike. I can understand the mirrors being scratched for two possible reasons: either poorly stored and banged around in someone’s garage, or the bike has been down and they found used mirrors to replace the original ones.
    On the Ebay ad, the front wheel looks scratched to hell, I don’t see how that happens with such few miles or stored poorly, maybe a used part as well? If so, this would indicate the accident was bad enough to bend the original.
    And the left fairing lower, on the Ebay ad it may just be the lighting but it looks poorly repainted (to the credit of the seller it is pointed out with the sticky arrows).
    Doesn’t mean this is a bad deal on a neat little bike that is very attractive, just the buyer should go in knowing despite the low mileage this is not a museum piece or time capsule. $3500 is probably about right assuming nothing else popped up on personal inspection.

  • For a really low price it would make a decent track bike. You would certainly learn “corner momentum”

    But…Parts and plastics…good luck with getting those. Customers have had issues getting their parts/ accessories for far more current model Triumphs than this!

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