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Triumph June 25, 2022 posted by

Big Boned – 1995 Triumph Daytona 900 Super III

Image 3 - 1995 Triumph Daytona Super 111

1995 Triumph Daytona 900 Super III

In the early 1990s and 2000s, the British were never really able to compete in the race to have the fastest or lightest bikes. The business had hit a bit of rough patch and had them playing catchup to other manufacturers but that didn’t stop them from finding their niche and creating faster and faster bikes. The Daytona 900 Super III is a good point of reference in their ascent as it illustrated their ability to make a good bike a even better and also the early stages of life for the now infamous Daytona.

Image 5 - 1995 Triumph Daytona Super 111

After Triumph opened it’s shiny Hinkley factory in 1990, they released released a number of models including the 750 triple and followed that up with the 900 triple. The Daytona 900 was a good bike at the time for Triumph. Its engine differentiated it from Japanese competitors and that certainly made it an interesting option for buyers but it was never on the same level of performance. To make the bike a bit more relevant on the international stage, Triumph iterated on the Daytona with the 900 Super III even if it only had 800 units to show for it.

Image 10 - 1995 Triumph Daytona Super 111

The Daytona 900 Super III certainly did not have an exotic redline or top speed but the original engine was reworked for the Super III with the help of Cosworth. Cosworth reworked the heads and used higher compression pistons along with a proper tune to pump out an extra 18 hp out of the 900 triple. With more power, you also need more brakes and Triumph addressed that by adding two more pots to each caliper.

Image 18 - 1995 Triumph Daytona Super 111

From the seller:

“1995 Triumph Daytona Super 111. Rare and highly collectable, this 1995 Triumph Daytona Super 111 is one of only 800 produced between 1994 and 1996. Only 170 were imported into the U.S. The bike is completely stock, in mint condition and has only 13,405 miles showing on the clock. This motorcycle is a prime example of Triumph’s Superbike from 1995. Produced from 1994 through 1996 in very limited numbers, with engine tuning by Cosworth, this 885cc triple is rated at 115 horsepower, with an estimated top speed of nearly 150mph. This bike was just taken out of dry storage after 20 years. It is ready to roll, quick, and nimble…”

Image 2 - 1995 Triumph Daytona Super 111

The additional power and brakes made the Daytona a much more responsive motorcycle on the street where easy power is king. The biggest gripe with this bike was always the power to weight but that’s a problem most of us face ourselves at one one point or another. Triumph didn’t design this motorcycle exclusively for the track and the weight only added to its street competency on windy British B roads.

Overall, this bike seems to be in very good condition with virtually no cosmetic defects. The seller mentioned the bike has been in dry storage for quite some time so it may need some parts refreshed here and there. As far as price and value, the bikes were rare and the US only saw 170/800 examples. RSBFS had one up in 2021 so they still come up from time to time. $3-$5K seems to be the going range for past examples and the seller’s reserve is at the upper limit and has seen no bids.

-Norm

 

Big Boned – 1995 Triumph Daytona 900 Super III
Triumph May 24, 2022 posted by

Queens Gambit – 2013 Triumph Daytona 675R

Triumph did a pretty much total refresh on the Daytona 675 for 2013, and presented a very equipped R-model as well.  This example has been tucked away in an NYC borough and looks well tended.

2013 Triumph Daytona 675R for sale on eBay

Hinckley started in the engine bay, increasing the triple’s bore and reducing stroke by a couple of mm, making a 14,500 rpm redline possible with peak 128 hp at 12,500 revs.  A separate cylinder casting has Nikasil bores, and two injectors for each cylinder keep the 13.0-to-1 compression ratio fueled.  The six-speed was updated and incorporates a slipper function in the ramped clutch, as well as a quick-shifter for the -R.   The alloy chassis uses less castings to achieve its combination of lightness and stable mounting points for all Öhlins suspension, with an adjustable swingarm pivot for track set-up.  The R-model gets the better Brembo monoblocks, and features ABS with a selectable “circuit” mode.  The exhaust stays under the engine to keep its weight centralized, and carbon fiber trim makes theirs disappear.

Looks like this Daytona is housed in a courtyard, but with 8,500 miles looks good enough that it must be covered as well.  Tank bumpers and grips are seen, but looks otherwise stock.  With new rubber and a spring service call, this Daytona looks ready for tomorrow’s ride.  Comments from the eBay auction –

  • Clean titled sport motorcycle that has never been dropped and well maintained.
  • Fully serviced by Triumph’s certified dealer at Nassau county, New York.
  • Most recent service: April 29, 2022
  • New Tires (Pirelli Diablo Rosso, 180 + MPH rated)
  • Front & Rear brake flushes and bleed
  • Radiator flush and new coolant
  • General inspection & 10,000 miles recommended service by Triumph

Except for ABS and the quick shifter, this fairly late model foregoes the current electronic wizardry, which might be a good long term strategy.  The update got high marks from the press for its light weight and moderate riding position, and didn’t misplace the earlier Daytona magic.  The R has all the good stuff and the starting bid is a little over half the price when new.

-donn

 

Queens Gambit – 2013 Triumph Daytona 675R
Triumph April 7, 2022 posted by

1995 Triumph Speed Triple with only 1,948 miles For Sale!

1995 Triumph Speed Triple with only 1,948 miles For Sale!

Make: Triumph
Model: Speed Triple
Mileage: 1,948
BIN Price: $5,600
Location: Weston, Connecticut

Along about the time Motley Crue’s John Corabi was belting out Hooligan’s Holiday Triumph’s John Bloor was getting busy rebuilding their brand with their own Hooligan- the 855cc Speed Triple. Much like Corabi and The Crue, Bloor’s Hooligan Speed Triple looked the part, but didn’t really have it where it counted. It’s well documented that these early Speed Triples are top heavy, down on power, ill handling and have mushy brakes, but these checked all of the boxes for the nostalgic Triumph fans. Black, British and dare I say quirky? You see, if folks didn’t like old things there would be no Rare Sport Bikes For Sale. People have fond memories of days gone by and still lust after the one that got away (No, I’m not talking about that hot thing from high school).
Today’s 200hp, fire breathing motorcycles are leaps and bounds better than my beloved ZX-7R’s with their torture rack riding position and quirky flat slide carbs, but I/we still love and desire them. Right?

From the seller
Extraordinary rare example of the 1995 Triumph Speed Triple with low mileage <2000 miles a 2rd owner well maintained, great running bike. High performance carburetors re: flat slide Keihin smooth bore Venturis jetted and matched to the carbon fiber mufflers. This bike is a hotrod when compared to its modern day incarnation and sounds really good when twisting it open and bracing against the acceleration. New tires (<200 miles). Fresh brake fluids, oil, filter, spark plugs. Battery tender. Only racing fuel used. Toolkit under seat. The move to high performance carburetors deleted the choke and changed the direction of the fuel selector. A couple pulls of the throttle primes and a couple press of the starter fires her up. I purchased this bike ~2 years ago and had the mechanic, who had maintained this bike as part of the prior owner's collection, go over the bike, replace the battery, fluids and throw on new tires. I added a battery tender, replaced a grommet where the seat frame meets the rear body and performed seasonal service (all genuine Triumph parts). It sits up on a Abba motorcycle stand, attached to a battery tender when not out on the road.


Very, very nice and according to the seller- she’s ready to Rock-n-Roll!

Is a 1995 Speed Triple your one that got away? If so, this one might be for you!

Make the jump here for a walk down memory lane!

Cheers!

Doug

1995 Triumph Speed Triple with only 1,948 miles For Sale!
Triumph February 22, 2022 posted by

Track Bike Tuesday – 2006 Triumph Daytona 675

Here’s a first year Daytona 675 that was converted to track use but turned only 1,738 miles.  A past “learning experience” is indicated here and there, but the bodywork is fresh and ready for a new decal set.

2006 Triumph Daytona 675 Track Bike for sale on eBay

The 675 was Hinckley’s third try at the middleweight formula, this time with a torquey three cylinder engine.  The triple provides some unique sounds and 123 hp at a relatively low 12,500 rpm.  Multipoint fuel injection and an all stainless exhaust help make that performance a long term affair.  Triumph’s rock solid alloy chassis might not be the lightest, but provide a stable platform for the increased spring and damping rates on the track.  Brakes are thoroughly modern with 308 mm rotors and four puck calipers with radial mountings.  The light-less fairings are a great dub of the factory bodywork and dispense with the pillion.

Presented by the auction side of a Chicago Triumph dealer, this 675 shows nicely, seeming almost unused with a GPR steering damper, Marvic wheels and CF rearsets.  An Öhlins shock and prepared forks are worthwhile upgrades.  A few chips, scratches and scrapes are all part of a track bike’s life, but it still looks quite tidy.  Guessing the factory bodywork is long gone ( how many track bike projects get started ).  Comments from the eBay auction:

Daytona 675 track bike, street legal title, very nice, 1,738 miles.  This bike hasn’t seen the track for a while so it might need some freshening up but it is nicely set up and has only 1,738 miles on it !  It has an Ohlins rear shock, Marvic cast wheels, GPR steering stabilizer, CFM rearsets, and Woodcraft frame sliders.  It has a clean, street legal title, so it could also be converted back to street use.  It runs and rides well.  It is set up with GP shifting, which is the opposite of the normal shifting pattern.  It is 1 up, 5 down, instead of 1 down, 5 up.  The shifter linkage is a bit stiff so shifting gears requires a little more force than normal, and finding neutral is a bit tricky.

Beside a snatchy gearbox, there weren’t many negative comments on the 675, and it was as the best of Triumph’s mid-size efforts.  Not exactly a featherweight, Daytona’s are at least built tough.  This one might be one of the most under-used track bikes seen here, and though there might be a little work left to bring it back from storage, there’s still time.

-donn

Track Bike Tuesday – 2006 Triumph Daytona 675
Triumph January 20, 2022 posted by

Strong Silent Type – 1999 Triumph Daytona 1200 Special Edition

The top of Triumph’s Daytona line tilted toward the GT segment, but had sporty components and aerodynamics ready for warp speeds.  This example is presented by a N.C. collector, with low miles and excellent finishes.

1999 Triumph Daytona 1200 SE for sale on eBay

Based more on the big Trophy than other Daytona’s, the 1200SE used Triumph modular engine, with revised cams and cylinder head to make a turbine smooth 147 hp.  The clutch is a little stiffer to handle the up-rated power, and Kayaba suspension is tuned for higher speeds.  The SE got 6-piston calipers for its 310mm disks to make short work of the 100-to-55 brake check.  Roomy fairing and relaxed riding position made long days cake. 

Not sure whether the seller is the collector, but this Daytona was evidently on display for an extended period.  Though tricky to photograph, the black and gold are quite elegant, and the painted forks aren’t all chipped up.  From the list of recent work it’s a safe bet that it was never de-fueled before parking, but it sounds like that’s been taken care of in the eBay auction:

This motorcycle is one of the last versions of the original Hinckley Triumphs launched in the mid-90’s. It is number 157 of the Special Edition series. Spent most of its life in a private collection with very few miles. A full service has been performed including new carb kits, new intake boots, new air filter, new throttle cable, new petcock, new spark plugs and new battery. The tank was removed and flushed. In-line storage shut-off valves installed. Recent oil and filter change. Very nice original paint and seat. Fork tubes have no pitting and seals are leak free. Everything else is leak free as well. Runs very well with no smoke.  Please see video – here –

Probably one of the nicest Special Editions out there. Nicer ones may be in museums or other collections. I did not ride this bike much, so I am not sure if there are any more bugs to be ironed out as a daily, high mileage rider. If any, it shouldn’t be serious. What I do know is, it is fast! Six pot calipers stop fast too!

Number 157 was on RSBFS back in – 2017 – and it seemed like that seller had done quite a bit of more cosmetic work.  Now with looking excellent and freshly tuned up, maybe the next owner will put some miles down.  Triumph moved quite a bit of their production to Thailand in the early 2000’s, and these Hinckley built cycles will see their collectible day come.  Until then the starting bid is low, and the hopefully the reserve will get this 1200 to a new owner in time for spring.

-donn

Strong Silent Type – 1999 Triumph Daytona 1200 Special Edition
Triumph November 24, 2021 posted by

Wingman – 2002 Triumph Daytona 955i

Triumph’s Daytona brought Hinckley back into the sportbike arena with many innovative design solutions.  This 955i has been restored to a beautiful level and benefits from the exotic Centennial Edition colour.

2002 Triumph Daytona 955i for sale on eBay

Though not going nose to nose on the racetrack, Triumph saw possibilities in the superbike market and used their “modular” engine in its three-cylinder form.  Updates to the valve train and compression ratio coughed up 147 hp, squarely in the liter ballpark.  Subtle changes to the oval-tube alloy chassis made for a slightly shorter wheelbase and seat height, in the interest of quicker handling.  45mm right-side-up forks remain, but the additional power would soon make a new double-sided swingarm a requirement.  The updated fairing begins with a two in one molded headlight, and made room for three more liters of fuel.

As a tribute to an injured Army buddy, this owner stuck with the refurbishment of this Daytona when many would’ve faltered.  Just about the asking price was put into its resurrection, but life has its own ideas and sometimes the toy has to go.  Looks great in the detailer’s photos, and though too long to post here, the owner shares every work order as well as these notes in the eBay auction:

The bike starts quickly, without a fuss, and is always itching to be ridden. It gets up speed really quickly and is a blast. The substantial horsepower of the large displacement engine allows for the rider to get to where they want to go while in traffic. The engine consistently pulls. Such power is ideal when encountering unwanted traffic scenarios where you have to get out of harms way quickly. The brakes are new so they work very well bringing the bike from high speeds to a stop quickly and confidently. The weight of the bike adds to its stability on the highway. And though it is a heavier bike it is still sporty and flickable. 
 
The bike wields lots of power and decent torque for a seasoned bike. 
The suspension is fully adjustable making for a smooth and dialed in experience. The Scorpion exhaust has some growl but sounds really nice. 
The bike will ship with its OEM exhaust as well. That being said, I always use earplugs on every outing. This bike is a great way to experience the road. 
I have taken great care of it while in my keep. In fact I had it ceramic coated in early spring and just had a full detail and wax performed on it before winterizing it and putting it away for the winter season.
 
Nearing the end of the season I noticed a couple of issues that will need to be addressed –
1) A throttle mapping service may be in order
2) The speedometer fails intermittently (Though a new speed sensor was installed in the Spring 2021)
3)  A new rear blinker assembly is needed
4) It is in need of a coolant flush and coolant replacement
 
The Centennial Edition’s subtle take on BRG was to celebrate Triumph’s 100th anniversary, and the Daytona provided at least a viable alternative to the mainstream.  The 955i superbike was succeeded by a more manageable 675 until 2016, and has recently been revived as a limited edition with the 765cc spec engine for Moto2.  Hinckley Triumph has made an epic go of it, with the 955i as the second generation of their first superbike.
 
-donn
Wingman – 2002 Triumph Daytona 955i
Triumph October 18, 2021 posted by

2000 Triumph Daytona Deal Of The Day

If someone said they had a motorcycle with a single sided swingarm, fuel injection, 955cc and a unique engine configuration, what would come to mind?  Probably not Triumph, and that is a shame because the late 90s and early 00s Daytona was a really good bike.  Sure it did not have the exotic nature of the Ducati, or the peak power of the Japanese four cylinders but it did have a very usable performance package for the road.  Most in period reviews heaped praise on the Daytona for how fast and usable the performance was on the road.  This bike was for owners that knew that there was more to a motorcycle then just lap times.  These people were being honest about how the machine was going to be used, and were it was going to spend time.  130hp from the three cylinder engine was plenty to put a smile on anyone’s face, as was the fully adjustable suspension.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

2000 Triumph Daytona 955i
Very low mileage! Everything on the bike, mechanical/electronically, works fine.
Full Akrapovič Exhaust, Corbin leather seat, and carbon front tank cover added.
Battery replaced and oil/filter changed just this month. Title in hand. No trades. Ready to ride!

The end of season deals just keep rolling in.  $3500 is an absolute bargain for a clean Daytona 955.  This example has a full exhaust that is sure to sound amazing.  Miles are sitting at just under 15k so no fears about using this bike as intended.   One could have a wonderfully unique bike in their garage without worrying about depreciation at all.  There is a robust owners club so servicing and maintenance should not be an issue at all.

2000 Triumph Daytona Deal Of The Day
Triumph October 4, 2021 posted by

2001 Triumph Speed Triple for sale with only 6,062 miles!

2001 Triumph Speed Triple For Sale on eBay!

I’ll admit it- In 2001 I thought these were the ugliest things on the face of the earth with those odd looking Wall-E headlights. I will also admit it’s grown on me over the past 20 years. Perhaps, I’m going through another mid-life crises or perhaps I’m just middle aged and bored? Either way, I can certainly appreciate a 20 year old machine with super low mileage in 100% stock trim and the headlights don’t bother me now. In fact, I think they’re pretty cool looking now. #Evolved

Have a look for yourself-


Kudos to the seller! I find it pretty impressive that they weren’t tempted to ride it more than 6,062 miles in 20 years and that they were able to keep the dust off of it. Very nice work!

These are 955cc 3 cylinder motors cranking out 110hp and weighing in a just a skosh over 400#’s. All things considered, that’s plenty of go power for an OG Hooligan bike. Did you notice it has a single sided swing arm? Pretty bad ass and rare on a nekkid bike.

From the seller
This 2001 Triumph Speed Triple is an original. The owner has had it for 2 years. The vehicle runs great and is mainly used for weekend rides.

Short and sweet! I’m mean really, what else do you need to know? The perfect pictures tell the story- it’s a beautiful machine.

Almost forgot. . . The seller says it will need to new tires sooner than later. I’m guessing because they’re old, but in reality, they’re a mixed bag of Shinko’s and Bridgestones.

Do you fancy a perfect Speed Triple? If so, jump on this one before it’s gone-

Right here!

Cheers!

dd

2001 Triumph Speed Triple for sale with only 6,062 miles!