Triumph Daytona 1200: history, specs, pictures

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Triumph Daytona 1200
Also called Daytona 1200 SE (Special Edition)
Production 1993 - 1999
Class Sport touring
1200cc in-line four, four-stroke
Bore / Stroke 76.2mm x 76.2mm
Compression ratio 12:1
Top Speed 168 mph (270 km/h)
Horsepower 143.89 HP (107.3 KW) @ 9500RPM
Torque 84.82 ft/lbs (115.0 Nm) @ 8000RPM
Fuel System carburetor. Mikuni
Air Filter K&N TB-9091 `93-97[1]
Spark Plug NGK DPR9EA-9 '97-99
Battery YUASA YTX14-BS '93-97
[2]YUASA YB14L-A2 '97-99
Transmission Gear box: 6-speed
Clutch: wet plate
Final Drive Chain: 530x110
Front Sprocket 18T
Rear Sprocket 42T
Suspension Front: 43mm forks
Rear: monoshock
Brakes Front: double disc. 6-piston calipers
Rear: single disc. 2-piston calipers
Front Tire 120/70-17
Rear Tire 180/55-17
Seat Height 31.1 inches (790 mm)
Weight 496.04 pounds (225.0 Kg) (dry), 228.0 kg (wet)
Oil Filter K&N KN-192[1]
Fuel Capacity 6.6 Gallon (25.00 Liters)
Manuals Service Manual

The Triumph Daytona 1200 was a 1200cc, four cylinder, four stroke, super sport motorcycle manufactured by Triumph between 1993 and 1999. It could reach a top speed of 168 mph (270 km/h). Max torque was 84.82 ft/lbs (115.0 Nm) @ 8000 RPM. Claimed horsepower was 143.89 HP (107.3 KW) @ 9500 RPM.


Two years after its reappearance on the motorcycling scene, Triumph produced its fastest and most powerful bike yet: the four-cylinder Daytona 1200, whose tuned version of the British firm's modular engine produced 145hp,enough for a top speed of 160mph.

Performance and Style[edit]

Although named after the Daytona speedway in Florida, a circuit where the old Triumph marque scored famous victories in the 1960s, the 1200 was not a true race-replica. Instead, it was a big, fairly heavy machine intended to combine high performance and aggressive styling with reasonable practicality.

Top Specifications[edit]

The Daytona was created by tuning the water-cooled, 16-valve engine from the Trophy 1200 sports-tourer ,then bolting it into a chassis that used the top-specification components available within Triumph's unique modular format. Thus the newcomer wore sophisticated suspension and brakes, but shared much -including its steel spine frame, wheels and numerous engine parts with most others in Triumph's eight-hike range. The souped-up motor was powerful, although it had lost a little mid-range performance, and encouraged frequent use of the six-speed gearbox. Like the other Triumphs, the Daytona was a tall bike , less nimble than many Japanese sportsters, But its rigid frame and excellent Japanese suspension provided very good handling. The Daytona was practical, too, thanks to features such as its protective fairing, bright twin headlights, comfortable seat and generous fuel range.

  • Displacement: 1180.00 ccm (72.00 cubic inches)
  • Engine type: In-line four
  • Stroke: 4
  • Power: 147.00 HP (107.3 kW)) @ 9500 RPM
  • Torque: 115.00 Nm (11.7 kgf-m or 84.8 ft.lbs) @ 8000 RPM
  • Valves per cylinder: 4
  • Starter: Electric
  • Cooling system: Liquid
  • Gearbox: 6-speed


The engine was a liquid cooled in-line four, four-stroke. A 76.2mm bore x 76.2mm stroke result in a displacement of just 1180.0 cubic centimeters.


The bike has a 6-speed transmission. Power was moderated via the wet plate.


It came with a 120/70-zx17 front tire and a 180/55-zx17 rear tire. Stopping was achieved via double disc. 6-piston calipers in the front and a single disc. 2-piston calipers in the rear. The front suspension was a 43mm forks while the rear was equipped with a monoshock. The Daytona 1200 SE (Special Edition) was fitted with a 6.6 Gallon (25.00 Liters) fuel tank. The bike weighed just 496.04 pounds (225.0 Kg).

1993 Triumph Daytona 1200[edit]

In 1993, the British engineers from Triumph launched a model to rival the Japanese supremacy when it comes to fast production bikes, in the shape of the Daytona 1200. With an 1180cc engine capable of producing 147 horsepower and a whopping 115 Nm of torque, it can easy match its rivals, but only in road conditions. It has been restricted to "only" 160 mph, the British preferring to focus on acceleration.

Also, the Daytona has a much more relaxed and comfortable riding poise, compared to its Japanese competitors, which makes it great for longer trips also.The machine feels right at home on country-side winding roads or fast motorways, alike.



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