Finally, I've got around to creating a garage entry for my "scorched yellow" '07 Daytona 675. I'm a 'wall of text' sort of fella, so grab a cup of coffee should you wish to continue...
She's not the latest and greatest but she's mine and keeps a smile on my dial. My bike is my primary form of transport and (at the time of writing this entry) the odometer shows 60,000km travelled; 42,000km I've added since purchase.
I bought her second-hand from a dealer after being offered a sweet trade - in on my '09 GS500F. Upon handing the keys back after the test ride and with no hesitation, I whacked a $500 deposit down to secure her. She had 18,000km on the clock (8,000km less than the bike I traded in) and had always been serviced and garaged. Unfortunately, shortly after taking possession, the infamous R/R problem tripped my baby up frying the ECU, blowing assorted lighting and boiled the battery in a flurry of misguided volts. The bike was under warranty (3 months or 5,000km) so I wasn't left out of pocket but being British, had her sidelined for about 10 weeks awaiting parts to be rowed out to Australia.
Regarding my woes with the R/R... fast forward to March 2013 when my stator decided to burn out 6 of its coils and once again, be relegated to the bench. Rather than get shafted by Triumph's OEM pricing, I chose to order the parts (I ordered a new mosfet R/R at the same time) from www.regulatorrectifier.com which was delivered to my door for $350. This was about the same price as getting the existing stator rewound and well short of purchasing a new OEM stator from Triumph. I did the work myself (fiddly but do-able by almost anyone who can hold a spanner) and keep the cost well within reason.
Summary: When I bought the Daytona, Goz said, "Say goodbye to your license" and I must say, the bike begs you to push the envelope. Fortunately, self constraint (one of the few benefits of being older) has allowed my license to remain in my back pocket following the mantra, "The right time and place". Daytona's (like most sports bikes) are meant to be ridden hard yet the smooth torque deliver by Hinckley's triple power plant, general nimbleness and narrow stance make it a breeze to do battle with the daily traffic as well. Some say the Daytona's riding position is too aggressive for their liking but that's not been my experience.
PS. Being a lazy sod, my bike is in dire need of a wash 'n polish. In this state, I'm embarrassed to snap shots of her and post up here so you'll have to make do (for the time being) with the shots used in the advertisement when it was sold.
Edit 8 April '13 - I managed to get the gel seat for a good price and I have the newer model indicators on order from the UK (Speedy's eBay site).