When Moto2 was launched as a replacement for the 250cc two-stroke class back in 2010, many of us hoped it would herald a new era in super cool streetbikes for the road based off what was running around on the GP tracks.
That never happened. Honda, engine supplier for the category from 2010 to the end of 2018 stubbornly refused to provide the public with anything resembling a Moto2 machine with headlights, but that’s all changed now that Triumph has taken over supplying power units to the class with the stupendous 765cc in-line triple.
At the British MotoGP at Silverstone this weekend, Triumph has taken the wraps off the new Daytona Moto2 765 Limited Edition, a machine Triumph claims is the closest you can own to a genuine Moto2 racer for the street.
There will only be 765 units available in the U.S. and Canada, with that number replicated for Europe, Asia and the rest of the world, making this new machine an instant collector’s item fro the Hinckley, UK, manufacturer.
The Triumph Daytona Moto2 765 Limited Edition is powered by a Moto2-tuned 765 triple that’s currently found in the company’s 765 Street Triple line up, with a claimed 128 hp at 12,250 rpm and 59 lb-ft of torque at 9750 rpm, making it far superior in terms of sheer numbers to anything currently on the supersport grid, but still a fair way under what you’d get in a superbike. The Moto2 engine gets it engine rev ceiling raised 600 rpm to 13,250 red line.
That motor is wrapped in a modified/lightened Daytona supersport chassis, and you get top-line, fully-adjustable Ohlins suspension in the NIX30 fork and TTX36 shock, carbon-fiber bodywork, official Moto2 branding on the triple-clamps and an oh-so-British Union Jack paint scheme.
As for the electronics, you get a full-color TFT dash, five riding modes and an up/down quickshifter for the close-ratio gearbox.
This really is the closest thing you’ll get to a Moto2 bike for the street, and if you want one, you better be quick. There are only 765 bikes for a population of about 365 million people in the U.S. and Canada. Best to contact your Triumph dealer, stat!