Okay, get this. I saw some scans of the 32-page feature the Bike magazine did on the 675. They covered the entire development of the bike from the first designs to the super-secret prototype test. The sub-head reads: "We've ridden it. It's mind-blowing."
The intro goes on to call the 675 the greatest British sportbike ever made and one of the greatest of all time, comparing it in stature and significance to the RC-30 and the 916. Hyperbole? Maybe. But the British press has never been particularly kind to the new Triumph.
It's too soon to pronouce the 675 anything yet. But it does pique the interest a bit, probably even for those of you that are (understandibly) sick of hearing about supersports.
If you go into the TT600/D6 forum, there's a thread about the 675. The second page has the scans from the Bike feature. To say they liked it would be the understatement of the century. You can't read much of the text, but you can read the intro (if you squint.) It states there that the 675 actually made 120 rwhp, but apparently 116 was also noted somewhere.
Um, almost every British review I've read has thrashed Triumphs or damned them with faint praise. Although, the new Sprint ST did get some oral favors. The Daytona 650 was pretty well received by the European press.
Now, who the hell picked the Daytona (955i?) over the RI and GSX-R? Think they're getting payola.
Apparently, it's not the peak torque that's impressive, it's the linear delivery. By the factory numbers, it reaches it's peak torque high in the rev range, like most supersports, but it supposedly pulls hard (for a middleweight) across the range.
Let us remember that even the top-line 600 I-4s only make in the high 40s (give or take).