I suspect that the "problem" with the anonymous poster´s Daytona 1200 was simply the two pre-filters. I used to work at a Triumph dealership and that was a common performance issue with all T3 series bikes. I also own a Daytona 1200 and at the first service, 500 miles, I removed the pre-filters before they could fill up with sediment and block the fuel lines.
The claim of 176 horsepower sounds a bit optimistic to me. I had my bike dynoed at 118hp in stock trim. Now, Triumph claimed 145hp and that was most likely at the crankshaft, so 118hp is roughly 18.6% less than their claim. Now that sounds reasonable (most bikes loose about 15% between the crank to the ground). I can attest to the fact that the big Daytona will pull away from a 2000 ZX9 and it will do so without all of the extra performance mods.
The mods that I have made to my bike are as follows: K&N air filter, K&N jet kit, and a pair of D&D carbon fiber slip-ons. My seat of the pants dyno tells me that I have a bit more power on tap, but I haven´t put the machine back on a real dyno to find out.
If I could start over and spend the same money on performance mods I would probably do things a bit differently. First, I suppose that the K&N filter makes good sense because when you change the stock filter, you have to replace the entire air-box assembly ($60.00) and the K&N costs about the same (reusable to boot). While the 1200 Daytona will stomp a R1 or ZX9 on a straight highway, it is no match for them in the twisties. So, the next thing I would do would be to put a pair of RaceTech springs and Gold Valves in the forks and replace the rear shock with a middle of the road Penske or Ohlins unit. The improvement in suspension would even the playing field a bit more allowing you to corner much faster. Finally, after 30K miles or so, when the stock jets are fairly worn, I might consider the jet kit and slip-ons.
I really don´t know how much the timing advancer will help. Another guy I knew while working at the Triumph dealer had a T3 series Daytona 900, and after installing the timing advancer he didn´t see any significant improvement on the dyno (1 hp). So, I would guess that the Daytona 1200 would fair similarly. In other words, the advancer might help a little, but you could probably find more productive use of you money on other performance mods.
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