Taking the sportbike fight right downtown, Triumph's all-new 600 made a valiant run at the big four. Light weight, nice handling, and quality components, it unfortunately had to be shipped before the fuel injection could be adequately tweaked. And though software updates have corrected the throttle response issues, the damage to the reputation caused the TT to be superseded after only three years.
Triumph's twin-spar alloy frame carries 43 mm Kayaba forks and monoshock, both fully adjustable. Quality Nissin brakes use dual 310 mm front rotors and 220 mm rear. The rounded full fairing incorporates two fresh air intakes above the fork legs. At a time when most manufacturers were using four carburetors, Triumph made a big wager on Sagem electronic fuel injection. Peak power was competitive at 110 and nearly 13,000 rpm, but rideability suffered from the faulty fuel injection map.
With just about 8,500 miles, this TT looks great with its polished exhaust and recent tires. The mid-west owner says this in the eBay auction:
Here for sale rare 2000 Triumph TT 600 in excellent condition. The bike is running, riding and shifting excellent and has only 8441 miles (as of today).
It is 600cc 4 cylinder water cooled engine with 110hp and 68Nm. 6 speed and 154mph top speed.
Very nice example of British sport bike.
Most TT600's received updated software under warranty, but it might be worth checking the maintenance records on this machine. Triumph's return to the sportbike market should've been a great success. Once the fuel delivery woes were sorted, the bike got great reviews as a nicely equipped sharp handler - maybe without Japanese street cred but a fine start. This one looks smart in red and appears to be a cared-for example, might end up being a bargain.