With 2015 seeing the launch of a new breed of sportsbikes, laden with tech the likes of which we have never seen before, it’s sometimes nice to get back to basics.
Step forward the 2015 Triumph Daytona 675 – not the R version, just the basic model, no rider aids or semi-active suspension in sight!
To see how it stacked up against the big boys, Chris Newbigging of Performance Bikes magazine took the Daytona to the Silverstone National Circuit, an intense 1.64 mile long track with two straights and two 100mph plus corners to tackle.
With the OE tyres worn out following a test by Michael Rutter, Chris fitted a pair of our ContiRaceAttack Comp Endurance fast road and track day tyres before heading out to pitch the Triumph against the far-larger 1299 Panigale S of editor Matt Wildee.
Incredibly, despite the 80bhp deficit, the Triumph only gave away 2 seconds per lap against the far bigger Ducati. On the straights it was just a case of point the bike at the exit, twist the throttle, and then let the engine do the rest, whilst the Ducati was still waiting for it’s computer to decide whether or not there was enough grip to dial in torque. A sub-£10,000 base model hanging on to the back of a £21,000 superbike developed at the highest levels in WSB.
After the test, Chris said of the tyres:
“They gave great feel, grip and handling all day, and were fine without tyre warmers. But the warmest session did provoke squirming at the rear pitching in to Woodcote flat in fifth, resulting in the rubber being knawed away about two inches from the edge.”
This is an issue often found with long, fast corners taken at full throttle, such as Clearways at Brands Hatch. The speed, lean angle and drive combine forces to create a localised build up of heat in the tyre. Chris ran hot pressures of 31psi on the front and 26psi on the rear. After consulting with one of our technical advisors, it was recommended that he drop the rear pressure to 24-25psi in future instances of this behavior.
“They’re probably still good for 1500 more road miles” said Chris. “And another trackday somewhere with a greater mix of corners, rather than the constant high-speed, big lean punishment Silverstone dishes out.”
The ContiRaceAttack Comp Endurance was the surprise package in a recent blind tyre test organised by Performance Bikes, with Jeremy McWilliams recording the fastest lap of the test at Rockingham on the Continental, and it is also the original equipment tyre on the Bimota BB3. You can catch up on their test here.
Find out more about the ContiRaceAttack Comp Endurance here.