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Triumph January 30, 2016 posted by

Classic in the Making: 1995 Triumph Speed Triple for Sale

1995 Triumph Speed Triple R Side

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.

1995 Triumph Speed Triple R Side Engine

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.

1995 Triumph Speed Triple Clocks

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.

1995 Triumph Speed Triple R Side Rear

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.
1995 Triumph Speed Triple Ding
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
1995 Triumph Speed Triple L Side
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

1996 Triumph Daytona Super III R Side

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.

1996 Triumph Daytona Super III L Side Front

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.

1996 Triumph Daytona Super III L Side

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.

1996 Triumph Daytona Super III L Side Rear

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.

1996 Triumph Daytona Super III Dash

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

1996 Triumph Daytona Super III Front

Just A Little TLC: 1996 Triumph Daytona Super III for Sale
Triumph September 3, 2015 posted by

Red Arrow – 2003 Triumph Daytona 955i

Renamed the 955i in 1999 after the confusing introduction as the T595, Triumph's big triple had Lotus engineering under the bodywork.  A re-design in 2002 ( the 100th year of Triumph motorcycles ) resulted in 149 hp and a less generic fairing design.  The Daytona maintained the strong dual-tube perimeter frame and re-introduced the alloy single-sided swingarm.

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2003 Triumph Daytona 955i

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With forged steel crank and connecting rods, and forged aluminum pistons, the 955i could cope with 12:1 compression and nearly 11,000 rpm.  Handling the 155 mph are conventional forks and rear monoshock, kept in check by 320mm dual front disks with 220mm rear.  The fairings and carbon infill panels by transportation designer Gareth Davies hang together very well, the carbon complementing the black seat.  Close to 450 lbs. fueled, the 955i tested steady and smoothly powerful if not super quick.

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Offered by a Milwaukee dealer, there are lots of photos of the Daytona and it looks very good.  Substantially stock, it does have an aftermarket 3-into-1 exhaust with carbon muffler, which is nice with the other carbon details.  Tires appear to be about half-life, on those racey white wheels.  From the eBay auction:

The Daytona 955i remains one of the few true superbikes to offer a rare combination of astonishing performance and maximum usability. Delivering 147bhp from its fuel-injected 955cc engine, the sheer drive from the second generation three-cylinder power unit remains one of its most alluring characteristics. Not to mention that the three-cylinder engine provides a unique sound that stands out in a crowd of four-cylinder sportbikes.

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With just over 14,000 miles, this 955i is ready for a lot more fun.  The bodywork is in nice shape, with no apparent incidents.  No telling what the reserve might be, but if the service history could be developed ( or some maintenance negotiated ) this superbike might just be an excellent value.  All it needs is a white stripe, a larger Union Jack and maybe a roundel or two...

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-donn

 

Red Arrow – 2003 Triumph Daytona 955i
Triumph August 3, 2015 posted by

Cheap and Fun: 2005 Triumph Speed Four for Sale

2005 Triumph Speed Four R Side Look, I love the Bimota Tesi and the Honda RC30 as much as the next guy. But if you stare too long at the sun, you'll go blind.

Also, I can't afford those bikes.

So while I do love to look and lust after them, I also love to look around for more affordable exotica, Rare Sport Bikes for Sale that ordinary shlubs need not just aspire to, but ones we can actually afford. Sometimes with what we can find digging in the couch cushions.

Something like this Triumph Speed Four

2005 Triumph Speed Four Tank

TT600 on which the Speed Four was based was an also-ran: up against the technical perfection of the Japanese 600cc sportbikes of the period, it would have been nearly impossible to compete in quantifiable terms. So the 600 was a bit of a flop: not fast enough, or reliable enough to satisfy the mind, and too bland to thrill the heart.

2005 Triumph Speed Four Cockpit

But the Speed Four took that slightly underpowered engine and put it into a package where a few bhp didn't matter and created a rip-roaring little naked that had basically no competition. While the Japanese nakeds were heavier and slower than their fully-faired counterparts, Triumph didn't really have things like "new frame" in the budget or "previous generation engine" lying around, so the the Speed Four is remarkably similar to the TT600 on which it's based. They basically slapped on some headlights and a flyscreen, along with those weird intake tubes that make it look like some sort of two-wheeled mosquito, fit the engine with some softer cams with fuel injection to "match" [more on that in a minute] and let it loose.

2005 Triumph Speed Four Front

The formula worked, and reviewers on both sides praised the handling of the new naked. The only fly in the ointment, aside from the love-it-or-hate-it looks was the relatively primitive fuel-injection that made for an unpleasant in-town experience, something that was even more pronounced in the TT600. Fortunately, a bit of work with a Power Commander can smooth that out for you. The Speed Four had about 85rwhp, some 10 down on the TT, but that's still plenty to have fun with and was good for a top speed of 135mph, which gets pretty windy on a naked bike...

From the original eBay listing: 2005 Triumph Speed Four for Sale

A 599 cc inline four cylinder with 20k miles.
Fun bike that is home on the track or on the road.
I use the bike to commute to work daily.
Garage kept.
New rear tire.
Dealer serviced.

I much prefer these in black, as it reduces the impact of those nostril-thingies. But these also came in orange and a vivid lime green as well, and you can't beat that for something that flips a middle finger at society, before you even thumb the starter.

2005 Triumph Speed Four R Detail

With a Buy It Now price of just $3,500 it's pretty hard to top this in terms of bang-for-the-buck if you want something that offers more than just outright speed. This bike does have some miles on it, but appears to be in good condition and that really does just speak to the fundamental goodness of the package.

2005 Triumph Speed Four Dash

Cheap, fast, practical, and tons of fun, it's a bike you can hoon around on. It might benefit from a set of handlebars to replace the clip-ons, but that's a relatively easy thing to fix. Quality construction should see even high-mileage examples cleaning up well, although some parts might be annoying to source. Luckily, that wouldn't include bodywork!

-tad

2005 Triumph Speed Four L Side

Cheap and Fun: 2005 Triumph Speed Four for Sale
Triumph July 8, 2015 posted by

Silver Surfer: 2001 Triumph 955i in Silver

NOTE: This one sold while I was writing this post which isn't really surprising because among fans of the Triumph Daytona series, this is one of the most desired.   Even though it has already moved to a new owner I think its still worthy of a post.

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I am a big fan of the early edition Triumph Daytona, I love the 1st gen bodywork style, the big 3-cylinder/triple engine and the trick single sided rear swingarm.   The Big Daytona was the first serious sport bike from the reborn Triumph motor company, but was oddly named the T595 in its first year.  The designation was meant to identify the engine series (T5) and then the displacement (955) but a lot of people though the Daytona was a 600cc bike.   In the 2nd year the bike was renamed as the 955i and offered with several limited edition boywork styles, including a luscious blue and the lovely solid silver seen on this bike.

Even though the 955i was their first serious sportbike, it wasn't ever intended to be directly competitive against hyperbikes like the Yamaha R1.  The 955i is more of the British version of the excellent Honda VFR; able to handle daily street duty, excell at weekend canyon corner carving and comfortable enough for medium level touring.  While not a hyperbike the 955 was no slacker in the grunt department; the Daytona moves along incredibly briskly due to a  955cc displacement three-cylinder engine designed in part by Lotus.

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2001 Triumph 955i in rare silver on ebay

Seriously, I love the look of this edition of the bike, it looks much more organic, more shapely that the later versions.   The next generation also ditched the single sided rear swingarm for a standard setup and were more sharply focused, with less weight and sharper rake.

The only issue I see with this one is the aftermarket exhaust which looks odd and shows some evidence of being down.  The seller indicates the exhaust was an ebay aftermarket purchase so perhaps it came like this

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Mileage is a lower 10,xxx miles and condition looks to excellent.   The seller indicates that they are an older rider which probably accoutns for the excellent condition of the bike.

Here is what the seller has to say:

  • Bought this bike in the most "stock" condition I could find at the time
  • Bike has never been dropped, shifts smoothly
  • Only slight mods like bar-risers for comfort and a smoked screen for looks.
  • Carbon Pipe is Ebay Buy with a grind, not related to handling of the bike, just sounds too good to switch out.
  • Took Mirrors off for storage, but they are in excellent shape, and available.
  • Bike has been stored indoors for it's life and it shows that way.
  • Comes with LSL rear sets which look trick.
  • Going on 51 years old, I don't trash my bikes.  I also never go near the red line, no need to for my enjoyment.
  • Still breaks my heart to sell her, she has so much soul and character.  I remember very vividly when these came out, and I was in Love at first Sight!

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Normally at this point I would be asking whether this lovely 955i was worth the $4,000 USD asking price but since it sold in less than 24 hours I guess we know the answer to that question.   I know KBB prices show a value below the asking price but this 1st edition/955i badged version seems to be the hot/collectible style.  

To be honest, I was seriously considering making an offer myself but it sold before I could get my act together.  I would suggest that any collector act fast if they see one of these become available near them, especially the 955i version in silver or the even rarer, all blue.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

 

Silver Surfer:  2001 Triumph 955i in Silver