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Triumph June 12, 2016 posted by

Boxer at a Cocktail Party – 2006 Triumph Speed Triple

Recalling the 1938 Triumph Speed Twin, the Speed Triple was introduced in 1994 and is still in the line-up.  The 1050cc triple was part of a 2005 redesign that included electronic fuel injection, inverted forks, and radially-mounted brake calipers.  A nice-handling streetfighter, the Speed Triple was Cycle World's best Standard bike in their 2006 Ten Best issue.

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2006 Triumph Speed Triple for sale on eBay

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Updating a cornerstone in their dealerships' showroom, Triumph enlisted designer Frascoli Rodolfo, but stipulated an evolutionary rather than revolutionary update.  The 1050cc engine has four valves per cylinder and brings home 131 hp, with a wider torque band than the similar engine used in the Sprint model.  Exposed radiator and oil cooler ( and plumbing ) are part of the streetfighter aesthetic.  3-1-2 exhaust has a catalyst in the collector, but the system still looks sporty.  The twin-tube alloy  frame maintains the looks from previous years, but has triple-adjustable 45mm forks and monoshock fitted.  Brembo brakes were part of the update, 320mm fronts with 4 piston calipers, and 220mm rear.

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Evidently garaged within an easy commute to Philly, this Speed Triple looks excellent for its 8,000 miles.  Rare white color and no apparent damage, with new battery and tires is a recipe for success.  From the eBay auction:

EXCELLENT SHAPE - GARAGE KEPT

  • Best Kept Secret in US Sport Bike Market...Gotta Love the Brits!
  • Perfectly maintained
  • New Tires
  • New Battery
  • Great Sound
  • All the extras- End Mirrors, Wind Screen, Low Profile Plate
  • Low Mileage - Less Than 7900
  • Single Swing Arm- Rear

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Capable of 150 mph if you can hang on, but also commutable, flexibility is the reason streetfighters are everywhere.  Triumph has more recently introduced a Street Triple with 675cc engine and less hooligan air.  But even if you wring it out only occasionally, those 1050 cc's are nice to have around.  This example is in nice shape, and better yet garaged and maintained...

-donn

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Boxer at a Cocktail Party – 2006 Triumph Speed Triple
Triumph February 20, 2016 posted by

Dirty, Mean, and Naked – 2003 Triumph Speed Triple

Built since 1994 and still in Triumph's line-up, the Speed Triple is into its third decade of success and this 13 year-old offering looks like it might've rolled out of the showroom last week.  An edition with better engine, frame, bodywork, and nicely customized, this Speed Triple has understated good looks and seems ready for a lot more fun.

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2003 Triumph Speed Triple for sale on eBay

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Using the 955 cc fuel-injected engine from the Daytona 955i, the Speed Triple has 120 hp available.  Sporting the double-tube aluminum perimeter frame but new bodywork designed by Gareth Davies, with separate handlebar, engine, and seat fairings.  45mm forks from Showa are adjustable, as is the rear monoshock.  4-piston front calipers grip 320mm disks, with 220mm rear.  3-spoke alloy wheels are lighter than previous years.

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Nothing looks better than black, at least for the first few miles, and this Speed Triple is in super shape for 20,000 miles.  Not much on this bike has escaped update or improvement - from clip-ons to rearsets, and tuned forks to carbon hugger, it's just about a show bike.  Too much to list, but the eBay auction states:

Two-owner bike, I purchased it in 2008 from the original owner in Arizona and I have a clean title in hand. It has just under 20k miles. I bought the bike basically bone-stock and invested a significant amount of time and money to turn it into this one-of-a-kind head turner. I’ve removed the handlebar and added clip-ons, as well as changing to a Rizoma rear set, which improves the riding position to be similar to a true sport bike. It’s been custom dealer-tuned by Struthers Bros. in Des Moines to best match the upgrades made to the bike. It has an awesome pop and burble when rolling off the throttle. This bike has class and attitude and gets respect from both the sport bike and the cruiser guys. Exceptionally low miles for this model year and mechanically and cosmetically near perfect.   There are no leaks, squeaks or rattles. Always garage-kept and covered.  Never ridden in the rain.

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The lack of bodywork that makes it so easy around town collects its due when speeds rise, as rider comfort and stability at speed were not part of the specs.  But for the cafe or the boulevard, this is the fun machine.  The owner of this bike has been all over it, replacing plastic with carbon, chrome with stainless, even updating the headlight lenses.  Not just a cosmetic exercise, the engine has been tuned to the exhaust, suspension tuned, bearings and brakes improved.   A surprising list of included spares and maintenance supplies complete the picture and make this Speed Triple worth a second or third look, maybe after you park it at the show...

-donn

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Dirty, Mean, and Naked – 2003 Triumph Speed Triple
Triumph February 5, 2016 posted by

Centennially Speaking – 2002 Triumph Daytona 955i CE

Celebrating the company's hundredth year of motorcycle manufacturing, Triumph created a Centennial Edition of their sportbike, the 955 cc injected triple.

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2002 Triumph Daytona 955i CE for sale on eBay

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The Daytona was introduced in 1997, and the 2002 was re-designed and improved with Gareth Davies' assistance.  The perimeter frame is aluminum, and though most '02+ models had a double-sided swingarm, the Centennial was single-sided.  Brakes were 4-piston 320mm fronts, and 220mm rear.

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The CE was very limited at 200 examples, but not so with power - 149 hp courtesy of forged crank, con-rods and  pistons.  Aston ( British Racing ) Green was the one-year color, with Union Jacks here and about.  The Centennial also had carbon side covers and mud guards.

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Looking very good with just under 5,000 miles, the Daytona here has been subject to some in-depth study of the charging system, dampers and final drive.  The owner states in the eBay auction:

The 2nd gremlin is if you change sprockets certain ratios will cause unnecessary chain guide wear. I have tried various combos. Stock ratios on the 2002 CE with the single sided swingarm is 18/42. I always like adding teeth to the rear sprocket only. I have a 45,46,48 etc in the 530 pitch. And in the 520 pitch I have a 19 tooth up front and a 49 in the rear. The 19/49 520 pitch is on the bike now. I like it out of all ratios and pitch. With this set up no wear at all on the chain guide. Also crazy acceleration .

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With some interesting mods but no damage and adult color scheme, this could be a Triumph to return to stock and enjoy.  The big triple is a durable powerhouse, and the bike is not overweight at just over 400 lbs.  A good rider ( maybe after a new rear tire ) with room for a pillion, but in this case a special year for Triumph and the Daytona.

-donn

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Centennially Speaking – 2002 Triumph Daytona 955i CE
Triumph January 30, 2016 posted by

Classic in the Making: 1995 Triumph Speed Triple for Sale

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We sometimes equate the idea of rare sport bikes with "expensive." With exotic machines like the MV Agusta F4 or Ducati Superbikes. But for riders who don't need 180mph potential or the expense of an Italian superbike, there are plenty of very cool machines like this early Triumph Speed Triple.

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Construction magnate John Bloor basically resurrected Triumph in the 1990s with a range of sport, touring, and standard machines based around a pair of engines that could be slotted into a simple spine frame to create just about any sort of motorcycle the market demanded. This concept made it easy to develop new models, but the resulting bikes couldn't be as refined or focused as purpose-built machines. But buyers were willing to trade a bit of performance for character and style and heritage.

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The Speed Triple used the 855cc three cylinder version of the engine as opposed to the larger, 1200cc four that powered their sport touring machines. It was styled to evoke the naked sports machines of Triumph's past, but with relatively modern performance. They weren't cutting-edge sportbikes, but that wailing triple offered up soul in an era of boring appliances. Handling wasn't really racetrack-ready, but the Speed works well for backroad blasts and urban assaults.

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From the original eBay listing: 1995 Triumph Speed Triple for Sale

Up for auction is a very rare motorcycle legend.  The model that impacted motorcycling for the new Triumph company, the SPEED TRIPLE.  In the mid-nineties, Triumph introduced the all new, 3-cylinder SPEED TRIPLE.  It came in two colors in '95, black and this one, "Fireball Orange." The SPEED TRIPLE proved to be their most loved model. It went fast, it stopped well, but most stayed in Britain and Europe. Here, it's a very, very rare Triumph and your chance to own something your friend have probably never seen before.

This particular Speed Triple, a 900cc model, has a great history and documentation. It comes with a clean Texas Certif of title, current Texas license plate, VEHICLE HISTORY REPORT from NMVTIS showing its history from 1998 forward in Missouri and the Texas with no bad history in the 4-page report. You receive 6 pages of service records over the last three years to verify its up-to-date service. We replaced the aftermarket petrol tap with a new correct one. The bike shows 16,900 miles and has stock exhaust system, the optional "Seat Cowl" piece as well as the orange grab bar for use with passengers. 
Specs show it produces about 100 hp(98 ps @ 9000 rpm) through a 5-speed box which it delivers to the road through rare, three-spoke Brembo wheels. And this is a bike that's 21 years old. No one will have anything this rare where you hang. Records, good history, rarity and a seriously fun ride all for not much money.
It is a used bike, sold "as is" to bidders only in the continental U.S.. We don't crate, but we will recommend a shipper and expedite their shipment of it to upi at your exense. It is ready to ride and includes the factory rider's handbook. The battery is fresh and the tires are very nice. The only damage we see is a bent in the side of the gas tank, shown in the images. It does not come with a tool kit and saddle appears to be very good without tears, etc. A bike this nice seldom comes along with this exclusivity, performance and importance as a collectors' bike.
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It's pretty easy to go on eBay or Craigslist and find a nice second or third-generation Speed Triple, but these early bikes are pretty difficult to find, especially in good condition. They were never sold in great numbers, have been pretty forgotten for a while now, and many have been well-used or neglected. These are normally priced nowhere near this bike's 7,000 asking price but, aside from that slight crease in the tank, this one is in extremely good shape, and that shiny orange paint is pretty appealing.
I think probably the seller is aiming a bit high at that price, but that's still pretty much chump change if you're looking for a rare, fun motorcycle and are into naked performance.
-tad
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Classic in the Making: 1995 Triumph Speed Triple for Sale
Triumph November 21, 2015 posted by

From the Jaws of Victory – 2000 Triumph TT600

Built in 2000-03, the Triumph TT600 hoped to compete directly with the fleet of 600cc sportbikes from the east, and for a renewed effort from a legacy manufacturer, was an amazing endeavor.  Though a combination of small detractions limited its success in the showroom, the strides made with the TT600 led to the more successful Daytona.

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2000 Triumph TT600 for sale on eBay

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Though fuel injection programming woes left the 599cc inline four was labeled as an uneven performer, it has pretty good power at 108 hp.  A very well designed alloy perimeter chassis and light weight made the bike a nice handler.  Kayaba suspension is found fore and aft, 43mm forks and monoshock rear, both fully adjustable.  Nissin brakes are 310 front and 220mm rear.  The fairing is well done but along with the handlebar and seating position, was too generous for the market segment and belied its development by styling committee rather than race engineers.

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Purchased early on and adding only a few hundred miles each year, the owner has taken great care of this TT600.  The extra fast yellow paint is in great shape.  Not much mentioned about the maintenance history but at 5,800 miles that would be ideal.  From the eBay auction:

Rare bike, always garage kept, never exposed to weather.  I am the second owner, I purchased it in 2003 when it had about 3500 miles on it, and I rode it only 100 to 200 miles per year. Excellent+ condition (it has one small scratch on the lower part of fairing, as shown in photo).  Over $1000 worth of extras included -- two seats, shop manual on CD, seat cowl, cloth bike cover, leather/kevlar official matching racing jacket.  You will not find one in this condition!  $4000 firm, cash only. Buyer will arrange pickup only, will not ship. If interested, I can email you a youtube video of the bike running.

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A distinctive brand in a commodity market, this Triumph 600 appears in great shape and ready for more riding.  Named for the Tourist Trophy week-long motorcycle event on the Isle of Man, the TT600 marks an interesting period for Triumph fans, introducing the brand in the US after being revived from bankruptcy in the 1980's, and before the offshoring of production in 2002.  Unmolested and with a few nice accessories, the Triumph presented here might be a good choice for an aficionado of the marque or just a rider looking for an offbeat middleweight...

-donn

From the Jaws of Victory – 2000 Triumph TT600
Triumph September 26, 2015 posted by

Just A Little TLC: 1996 Triumph Daytona Super III for Sale

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Unlike many reinvented marques that attempt to trade on nostalgia, the resurrected Triumph knew they would be unable to compete head-on with the Japanese in terms of raw speed, so they created bikes like the Daytona and Super III to appeal to the heart with character and quality, while appealing to the head with real-world performance and reasonable pricing. On paper, it was no contest. On the street however, it was a different story, and the Daytona offers up plenty to like for street-focused riders looking for something different.

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The Super III was a Cosworth-tuned version of the Daytona, with 115 claimed horsepower, up from 98 in the standard bike. Honestly, neither of those numbers will impress anyone today. But that was hardly the point, and the main selling point these days should be the modern-classic looks, the engine's muscular, flexible midrange, and the upgraded front stoppers on the Super III that are a major improvement compared to the fairly weak standard Daytona bits.

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If you're looking for a "pure sports" motorcycle or track-ready handling, you're barking up the wrong tree here. The Daytona is relatively light, but feels big. Roomy. Handling is stable rather than nimble, and the engine is all about that mid-range, not top-end power. Max speed is around 140mph or so, but it feels like it could do that all day long and period testers described it as an excellent point-to-point motorcycle.

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Getting the picture? Triumph knew they couldn't compete with the Japanese, so they didn't bother. They made a classy gentleman's express that needed to make no apologies on the road, with usable power, handling, and sport-touring comfort to go with quality construction. There's a reason that, as rare as they are, these so often seem to show up in such good shape. Except for when, you know, the owners crash them and stuff...

From the original eBay listing: 1996 Triumph Daytona Super III for Sale

For sale is the Rare Triumph Super III. Only 179 were ever imported into the United States from  805 that were ever produced. After nearly 20 years, that number has dwindled down to just a few remaining. I've only seen one other for sale and they asking $7000. Now is your chance add this great running specimen to your collection. 

The good: 

  • 19129 miles of mellow adult riding. Low miles! This number is last week's number. I will be riding with my wife later today. It will be sold with less than 19,500 though.
  • Re-upholstered rear seat
  • Fork seals done
  • Valves checked (no adjustment needed)
  • Carb cleaned and tuned
  • Inside tank rust-free
  • Meat left on the tires NEW FRONT TIRE INCLUDED FREE!
  • Chain and sprockets clean and oiled (look great)
  • Rear solid cowel included(it covers rear seat)
  • Box of extras included free
  • Runs like New!

The not so good:

Bike went down at a slow speed when plastics were off. This resulted in scratches on right hand brake, light dents on exhaust, part of windscreen missing, exhaust cap on left side missing, rear brake lever bent slightly. Rear decals were sanded off sadly, as was right middle decal. See pictures, it's quite minor but I like to fully disclose what I can see.

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This example obviously needs a bit of paint and bodywork, but the paint that isn't sanded off looks shiny and well cared-for, and everything else looks in order. These bikes were well-built and nigh-unburstable: they may not have been able to compete in terms of performance, but they beat the pants off the Japanese in terms of quality. Daytonas of this period have very few inherent mechanical problems and for the $2,600 asking price, this looks like a bargain.

-tad

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Just A Little TLC: 1996 Triumph Daytona Super III for Sale