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Sport Bikes For Sale September 15, 2021 posted by

Neo Classic Hiding In Plain Sight: Triumph Daytona 765 Moto 2

It is not very often that RSPFS posts about a brand new motorcycle, but this Triumph Daytona 765 is very much worth a look in the current market.

When Triumph launched the Daytona 675 in 2006 the media heaped praise on the bike for the wonderful handling and sweet engine characteristics.  The appealing package took the fight to the other offerings in the middle weight class.  For 2011 Triumph upped the ante with the R version.  Ohlins front and rear as well as other subtle changes were sure to impress.  2013 saw the only real meaningful update to the platform with the introduction of a revised frame and engine with a new bore/stroke ratio.  While the middle weight class may have ultimately died off, the 675R remained a cult favorite by offering owners a beautiful bike for either road or track use.  Prices remained strong on the used market as demand stayed steady.  2017 was the last model year in the USA for the 657R and many fans were left wondering what was next.

Triumph Daytona 765 on eBay

For the 2020 model year Triumph announced the return of the Dayton name plate with the 765 Moto2.  Triumph is the exclusive engine provider for the Moto2 championship and wanted to capitalize on that connection.  Even with a global pandemic underway, Triumph was doing track days, press rides and loaning examples out to people on YouTube.  The updated website was rather impressive with epic photographs and a real sense of excitement.  All that buzz and fanfare seemed to fade rather quickly for some reason.

On paper there was much to love about the Daytona 765.  Carbon fiber body work, modern electronics suite and current generation suspension from Ohlins were just the highlights.  An Arrow exhaust system was standard, and the USA and Canadian market bikes were numbered from a limited allocation of 765 bikes.

The increased engine size did not yield more horsepower (128), but did provide 4 more lb/ft of torque for a total of 59.  5 pounds of weight were removed to get the 765 down to 363 pounds dry.  These numbers indicate that the 765 was an evolution of the well loved 675 and that should have been regarded as a positive.  But the elephant in the room was price.  Where the 2017 675R had an MSRP of $14,000, the 765 came in at $17,500.

Triumph Daytona 765 on eBay

It seems that this price point could have been the spark that caused the market to reject what otherwise would have been a home run motorcycle.  So at this point many of you are wondering why a brand new motorcycle with what appears to be an expensive price tag is here on RSBFS.  Well something funny is happening in the market that may interest some of you.

We have all been aware that the market for used vehicles is insane these days.  Production interruptions, pandemics, supply chain issues and geopolitical policies have all effected pricing on almost everything.  Some brand new bikes are selling for over MSRP, and there are even examples of used bikes selling for more money then they were new.  Does this mean that the bargain hunters looking for value are out of luck?  Not with the Daytona 765.  Triumph knows that dealers are stuck with these bikes on the showroom and has had no choice but to lower the price, and not just a little bit.  Some examples are being offered with almost $5,000 off of MSRP.  This means there are some used 2017 bikes with asking prices higher then the brand new 765!  It is not very common for anything brand new to be a bargain when compared to a used example.

Triumph Daytona 765 on eBay

If the original sticker shock was enough to scare some away, maybe these reductions will bring buyers back.  This example here is offered at a dollar under $13k, that is R6 money for a much more exotic, rare and special bike.  Is this enough to convince you to buy new?  Will the pricing on the new bikes suppress the values of the older 675Rs?  We certainly live in interesting times.

 

Neo Classic Hiding In Plain Sight: Triumph Daytona 765 Moto 2
Triumph August 29, 2021 posted by

British Bruiser: 1996 Triumph Daytona Super III

When ever people talk about Triumph motorcycles they seem to gravitate to the Steve McQueen vintage bikes, or the neo classic bikes sold today.  Far too often the wonderful Daytona line from the 90s is overlooked.  This is unfortunate as they offer a really interesting option for buyers that might be focused on ZX9 or CBR900s.

Triumph Daytona Super III for sale on eBay

The best of the 900cc Daytona came in the form of the Super III.  Making 115hp with three cylinders and 9500 rpm the Super III was not short on performance, even if it was criticized for carrying too much weight at 465 pounds.  Records state that 805 were produced between 1993 and 1996.   These rebounded from being deemed too heavy to be a sports bike by gaining a reputation for being an outstanding long distance and fast motorcycle.

Today we are all spoiled by how much carbon is used on standard bikes, but in the 90s that material was still considered fairly exotic.  Certainly not something you find on a factory Japanese bikes from the period.

From the Seller’s eBay Listing:

1995 Triumph Daytona Super III for sale, Rare bike as only 179 or so made it to the states, who knows how many are left. Looks and runs great, Cosworth designed engine, 115 HP, 6 speed transmission, Carbon Fiber bits, Alcon 6 piston front brakes, Keihin Flat-slide carbs, Factory Pro Ignition Advancer, Nology Coils, Sebring Exhaust, The Yuasa battery is about a year old and is always on a tender, I’ve owned the bike for 6 years. I’m getting older now and the riding position is no longer comfortable for me. I start the bike and take it around the neighborhood but it hasn’t been out for a real ride in a while. Tires are good (no cracks)but need replacement due to age, Spark plugs, engine oil, and filter were just replaced, Valve shim clearances were inspected recently and four shims replaced, Fork oil and brake/clutch fluids should probably be replaced before putting bike back into service, No engine leaks whatsoever. $500 non-refundable deposit due with in 48 hours.

Bike is being listed locally.

I do not have the stock exhaust nor the stock carbs.

This specific example appears to be well taken care of and presents well.  Perhaps there is a Triumph expert that is reading this that can shed some light on why one would swap out the stock Mikuni flat slides for Keihin.  Fitment looks OEM with the use of the standard airbox.

Priced with a Buy It Now listing of $5500, a relative bargain when shopping for more pedestrian bikes of this era.  Sure to offer the next owner something unique and usable.  With 19,000 miles on the clocks, the next owner should have no guilt using the bike as intended.

British Bruiser:  1996 Triumph Daytona Super III
Triumph July 29, 2021 posted by

2000 Triumph Daytona 955i – with only 3858 miles!

This CL ad was removed before we could get it posted- dd

2000 Triumph Daytona 955i For Sale on Dayton Craigslist

It’s a little slow this week sourcing rare motorcycles from our normal stomping ground so, the CEO gave us little guys the green light to expand our searches. It took me all of 2 minutes to find this gem in Ohio and low and behold- the seller browses our site! Hey Seller and RSBFS.com reader! So, I figured I’d spread some Midwest love and help a brother or sister out and give them our global audience (Ssshhhh! Don’t tell the boss I’m doing this)

Single sided Swing-arm, gobs of torque, snazzy carbon canister and that Pretty Fly for a White Guy Triumph yellow paint.

From the seller-

A very nice, clean Triumph Daytona 955i with only 3858 miles. The bike has been garage kept and covered, and i’m selling it because I don’t get out and ride as much as the bike deserves… and she deserves a lot. The three cylinder engine produces great low and mid end torque which make the bike such a hoot to ride. This version of the 955i comes with a factory tuned and upgraded carbon slip-on exhaust. The timeless styling, Triumph badge, Ducati-like single sided swing-arm

“Hold on there fine gentlemen”

Everybody knows Ducati wasn’t the first to use a single sided swing arm- it was Honda . . . or was it Elf? Either way, I’d like to request a change please.

A very nice, clean Triumph Daytona 955i with only 3858 miles. The bike has been garage kept and covered, and i’m selling it because I don’t get out and ride as much as the bike deserves… and she deserves a lot. The three cylinder engine produces great low and mid end torque which make the bike such a hoot to ride. This version of the 955i comes with a factory tuned and upgraded carbon slip-on exhaust. The timeless styling, Triumph badge, Honda/Elf like single sided swing-arm

#Fixed

Like what you’re seeing? I do! Well, the Triumph headlights are a little wonky to me, but since I can’t see them while sitting in the saddle, I can live with them.

The specs on this 21 year old Brit are-
3858 miles on the clock
955cc’s under the hood . . er . . under the fuel tank
130hp @ 9900 rpm’s
73.8 lbft of torque at 7600 rpm’s
Wrapped up in a 436# package.

Oh, there is some light bubbling on the lower side of the fuel tank. NBD- just slap a sticker on it!

The seller so graciously referenced a 2019 post, written by Tad in their CL ad. Thank you!

Need more yellow in your garage? Make the jump to the original ad here for more information about the 955i.

Good luck with the sale!

dd

2000 Triumph Daytona 955i – with only 3858 miles!
Triumph March 23, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing: 2000 Triumph TT600

Update 7.10.21: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Spring has sprung and we are just starting to see the tendrils of growth that promise to make this another banner year. And right on queue comes this wonderful Triumph TT600 Featured Listing. While perhaps not as rare or expensive as some bikes in collecting circles, the Triumph is a wonderful and unique machine that certainly fits into the rare and unusual category here on RSBFS. We don’t see them all that often, and these 600s represent an inexpensive way to get into a quality sport bike riding the road less traveled.

Featured Listing – 2000 Triumph TT600

In 2000, Triumph was the only manufacturer outside of Japan to take on the Big Four at their own game: the 600cc hyper sport segment. To be successful in this ultra-competitive space, the Hinkley, UK-based constructor needed to bring some serious mojo to the design table. What they crafted was a powerful, fuel-injected inline four cylinder screamer housed in a twin-beam aluminum frame. Eager not to fall into the trap of “not invented here,” ancillary components were sourced from the best that the Japanese had to offer, putting the TT600 on the same footing as the competition. Brakes were excellent Nissin units (310mm front, 220 rear), and front and rear suspension pieces were provided by Kayaba. In an attempt at cutting edge, Triumph engineers fitted the TT600 with a Sagem digital fuel injection unit. This ensured that the bike was firmly rooted in the new century (producing power AND fewer emissions), but Triumph was to discover the this new technology was not without pitfalls.

From the seller:
2000 Triumph TT600 for sale in great condition. Has 13,000 miles on the unit. The unit is rated at 110 HP, I have replaced the stock exhaust with an aftermarket pipe. I do have the original pipe to go with the bike. I have purchased a rear fork jack for storage. The bike has Diablos for tires currently. The bike comes with a cover and also a tank and rear foot peg video or go pro attachment. I also have a TT600 jacket that is in red and silver color. New battery as 11/2020. The bike runs well, it will need service on oil and brake fluid before taking it out for a long ride. The bike has an excellent riding position for long rides or tearing up the corners. There are very few left in the market place.

Price: $4,000

Reviewers of the day lavished the bulbous Triumph with high praise, being extremely comfortable despite being a competitive crotch-rocket. The Kayaba suspension was set up a bit softer than the other middleweights, and the engine was a estimated 110 HP powerhouse that pulled hard in the upper revs – although suffered from some fuel injection stumbling at lower throttle settings. Handling was reported to be excellent as the alloy chassis was ultra stiff – even when compared to the Japanese competition. Overall build quality was up to a very high standard as well, making these motorcycles as exotic in the US as other European brands. Here is a video shot by the seller of this exact bike:

The TT600 model evolved in the 3 short years of its existence, paving the way for the Daytona series. Today these are relatively rare models, and difficult to find in decent condition. Today’s Featured Listing is a well-cared for rider that has the miles to prove the TT600 concepts works well, yet still looks as rare and unique as it did 20 years ago. In fact, given that most of the competition maintains a very angular design language, one might argue that the Triumph has aged far better that its peers; it certainly makes a distinctive statement in 2021. The exhaust upgrade helps with sound, performance and looks (win win win), and the overall package is listed for just $4,000. The Triumph TT600 is a great looking bike that owns a rightful place in history as a serious 600cc contender. Check out all of the pictures and video and then talk to the man.

MI

Featured Listing: 2000 Triumph TT600
Triumph August 28, 2020 posted by

Thug in a Tux: 1995 Triumph Speed Triple for Sale

Big nakeds have finally come of age here in the US, with trick, high performance options from all of the major manufacturers. They’re the perfect bikes for affluent, middle-aged folks who can’t handle the crippling riding position of hard-core sportbikes, but still have a taste for speed and the skill to appreciate thoroughbred handling. But in the early to mid 1990s, things were just getting rolling for that market segment in North America, and the Ducati Monster and Triumph’s original T309 Speed Triple were at the forefront.

Both of those aforementioned bikes were designed with the same philosophy in mind and built using a similar formula: take an existing platform, in Triumph’s case a variation of their modular spine frame and their proven three-cylinder engine and transmission, fit a simple dash, stick a round headlight on the front, and roll it out the door. The original Speed Triple was a bit more retro-looking than the Ducati Monster, but it was popular and profitable, helped to keep the newly reestablished Triumph afloat, and remains a mainstay of their production.

A claimed 98hp came from a liquid-cooled, four-valve per cylinder 885cc triple was backed by a five-speed gearbox, and the bike had adjustable suspension at both ends and beefy six-piston brake calipers up front. Unfortunately, the bike’s modular origins meant weight was carried too high, and the bike wasn’t really much of a handler. It all makes for a pretty ripping streetbike though, with retro-cool looks and plenty of performance for the road.

The bike shows 17,769 miles, which should be no problem if the bike has been sympathetically maintained, since the burly Triumph engines of the era were pretty durable. The carbon fiber wheels should go a ways towards both lightening the bike and improving handling, and the flat-slides, while less forgiving than CV carbs, should improve power and add another layer to the triple’s characterful soundtrack that’s already been enhanced by the full aftermarket exhaust.

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

Fast, fun, and reliable speed triple. Well maintained with many upgrades. Dymag carbon fiber rims. Taylor Made carbon fiber engine covers. Carbon fiber fenders. Keihin flat slide carbs. Staintune stainless and carbon full exhaust system. New tires 4 months ago with plenty of tread left.

Unfortunately, although this one has some tasty period extras, it’s not cosmetically perfect: there’s some surface corrosion on the pipes, wear on the tank pad, and the carbon fiber is pretty faded, considering the bike’s $5,750 reserve price. From what we’ve seen, that’s a pretty ambitious asking price for a first-generation Speed Triple, although the cosmetics could be cleaned up and the paint still looks very shiny. The first-generation Speed Triple is a collectible in the making, but so far prices have remained low. That’s great for fans of bargain exotics, but not so much for ambitious sellers ahead of the curve.

-tad

Thug in a Tux: 1995 Triumph Speed Triple for Sale
Triumph July 20, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing – 1997 Triumph T509 Speed Triple

Update 7.23.2020: This bike has SOLD in just 3 days to an RSBFS reader. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Sharing little more than the letters on the nameplate with the namesake 1938 Speed Twin, fledgling Triumph Hinkley did have the same desire for the Speed Triple – to set the sales floor on fire.  The 1994 introduction did very well indeed and justified a comprehensive re-design for 1997.  RSBFS reader Todd offers his very sharp example in the single-year color Lucifer Orange.

1997 Triumph T509 Speed Triple with just 4,700 miles !

Despite the obscure T509 model designation, the Speed Triple used Triumph’s new modular 885cc engine which claimed 108 hp and 62 ft.-lbs. torque.  Sagem fuel injection was a significant improvement over the original carburetors, and a 6-speed helped keep the engine on the boil.  The updated chassis was alloy with a single-sided swingarm, though shares the rugged good looks of its steel predecessor.    Suspension and brake components were high-spec, with 45mm multi-adjustable Showa forks, with their matching adjustable monoshock, and Nissin 4-piston calipers over 320mm rotors.  The riding position is in keeping with its streetfighter image, and though early T509’s were equipped with clip-on’s, Todd’s has the mid-year conventional handlebar.

Todd is the second owner and has kept his Triple in phenomenal shape.  The powder-coated silver wheels look sportier, and the belly pan and binnacle fairing with its Euro parking light are nice touches.  Todd’s comments from his CycleTrader listing:

Lots of factory accessories on the bike: high mount carbon fiber “race” pipe, seat cowl, fly screen, carbon fiber tank protector, Tiger RS belly pan. Tail tidy and bar-end mirrors installed also. I had the wheels powder-coated silver when I bought the bike (they were originally black). Original mirrors, low pipe, passenger seat included. The bike will also include a Triumph pit stand.

Recent maintenance (done over this past winter to prepare the bike for sale):
-New injectors, fuel pump, fuel filter
-New spark plugs
-Rebuilt front calipers (pistons and seals)
-Front forks refreshed (new seals and oil)
-Coolant change
-Oil and Filter change

-Tires will need replacing soon

And here is a cold start / walk-around – video –

Todd asks $4,500 for his Speed Triple.

Triumph had a lot of competition in the muscle bike segment from the Yamaha V-Max to Ducati’s M900, but had their manufacturing ducks in a row and offered a European alternative at a sensible price.  Todd picked a very good year, accessorized nicely, and cared for this eye-catching T509 beautifully. 

-donn

Featured Listing – 1997 Triumph T509 Speed Triple
Triumph January 22, 2020 posted by

Brutal Hooligan: 1995 Triumph Speed Triple for Sale

After a long, slow fall from grace into obscurity, Triumph had some soul-searching to do. Once, a premier manufacturer of sporting motorcycles, the storied brand needed a brand new strategy when businessman John Bloor chose to resurrect the company, instead of turning their facility into upscale condos… Instantly creating a line of motorcycles to topple the Japanese brands from a pure performance standpoint was out of the question, so Triumph chose instead to play to their strengths: heritage and old-world build quality. Why build engines to racing specifications when racing is so expensive, and you’re likely to lose more prestige than you gain? The result was a line of bikes that included this very simple, brutish Triumph Speed Triple T309.

Originally, Triumph’s modular range included both three and four-cylinder engine variants that powered a range of sport, naked, and touring machines that were all built around a spine frame. The lighter, more characterful triples ended up being more popular and, although it may not look like much, the Speed Triple could be credited with keeping the newly reborn company afloat, since it’s a mainstay model even today. This first-generation model isn’t nearly as polished, but has plenty of old school charm.

Chief among those charms was the beefy, 885cc triple that gave the bike its name and was also a callback to the 1937 Speed Twin. Backed by a five-speed gearbox, the engine was a modern, liquid-cooled design with machined details that evoked the cooling fins on earlier, air-cooled Triumphs. Styling was very simple, basically a Daytona with the fairing removed and a simple, round headlight and simple, monochromatic paint. Available colors included “Fireball Orange” and basic black. Classic. Suspension was adjustable at both ends, for all the good it did.

The T309 version of the Speed Triple definitely not an ideal basis for a track-day machine: Triumph’s original modular concept had many virtues, but the spine frame carried weight relatively high and the Speed Triple was considered a bit of a pig, although things can probably be improved if that’s what you’re into: there was a Speed Triple Challenge single-make race series to promote the bike when it was introduced. Better to just enjoy this low-mileage example for what it is, and take it out for late night blasts around town in your black jacket with black helmet and dark-tinted visor, squirting from stoplight to stoplight and hoisting fat wheelies. Or sipping tea on sunny Sunday mornings at your local cafe, whichever you prefer.

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

Triumph 3cylinder 900 cc Condition is Used. Please notice this is an extraordinary example of the Triumph Speed Triple with low milage @1700 miles a 2nd owner well maintained great running bike. Hi performance carburators re: flat slide Keihin smooth bore Venturis jetted and matched to the carbon fiber mufflers. Kept and garaged in a heated pest free environment. This bike does it all and sounds really good when gassing it twisting it open and bracing against the acceleration. Owner is downsizing his collection. We recently sold a Ducati Paul Smart classic from this same collection. No expense spared in the up keep of these bikes. Recent additions are a new battery and fuel petcock valve. The gas tank is clean inside without corrosion or swarf to contaminate the fuel system. Tires are excellent. Brake fluids and the oil and filter were changed before posting to sell.

With only 1,790 miles, this example is pretty much perfect for collectors. The Micron cans seen here are a great period touch and the flat-slide carbs should add some great induction noise, along with a few extra horses. Cosmetically, the biggest problem here is that set of oddly-shaped tank grip pads. Grip pads are great for fast riding, but this particular design doesn’t match the tank cutouts and cheapens the look. Obviously a very easy fix.

-tad

Brutal Hooligan: 1995 Triumph Speed Triple for Sale
Rickman December 28, 2019 posted by

Between Successes – 1974 Rickman Triumph 650 CR

Rickman-framed cafe racers have had a steady if not frequent presence on RSBFS, but mostly using Honda CB750 and Kawasaki Z-1 drivetrains.  Just before, they had produced but a few dozen Triumph powered CR’s.  This diamond in the rough has been in storage since just 3,000 miles, and is ready for a makeover.

1974 Rickman Triumph 650 CR for sale on eBay

Derek and Don Rickman made their name designing and fabricating beautiful and world-beating frames for the scramblers they loved, the lightweight and nickel-plated chromoly tubing being a usable showpiece.  They turned their attention toward the street starting in 1970, and provided the recently nationalized BSA-Triumph a market for their T120 twin of 46hp.  The twin carbs and factory 5-speed were good news, and Rickman added alloy rims and disk brakes, as well as large-diameter forks.  Careful fabrication was Rickman’s calling card, with lovely fiberglass work augmenting the frame.

Undeniably tired and ready for the next chapter, this CR appears substantially complete.  The pittance of miles will have to be swept away in a flurry of renovation, but the new owner will have a beautiful rarity when complete.  A thoughtful test rider or British specialist will be required with the right-side shifter, left foot brake.  Comments from the eBay auction:

RICKMAN CR TRIUMPH   1 0F 53 BUILT
BIKE HAS BEEN STORED FOR YEARS WITH LOW MILES
READY FOR RESTORATION
HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER MODEL
ENGINE TURNS WITH GOOD COMPRESSION
ORIGINAL ALLOY CHAINGUARD IS INCLUDED
MISSING THE FRONT BRAKE MASTER CYLINDER (SAME AS TRIUMPH T140 SO EASY TO FIND)
TITLED AS A 1979 SPECIAL WHEN THE ORIGINAL TITLE WAS LOST IN 79

Rickman won the Queen’s Award to Industry for their exports in 1974, but had to change horses when Norton-Villiers-Triumph could not resolve their labor troubles and were forced into liquidation.  Before that the Bonnies had been a big success so basic mechanical parts for this CR should be easy to source.  With its long lost history it’s a soup-to-nuts project, but a worthwhile endeavor in this complete and seemingly undamaged example.

-donn

Between Successes – 1974 Rickman Triumph 650 CR