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Featured Listing September 20, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: Low-mile 2002 Triumph Daytona 955i Centennial Edition

The 2002 Triumph Daytona 955i Centennial Edition is a sneaky beast, as at first blush it's just Triumph's big, hairy-chested early 2000s bruiser in a smart shade of green. It takes a real Triumph aficionado to see and feel the differences between this one-of-200 special and its less exotic counterpart.

This bike has seen very little use, showing just 3,923 miles. The original owner apparently took it on some longish trips around Idaho, before moving it on to the seller. The dormant periods have served it well, as the fairings appear to be blemish free and immaculately clean. A generous handful of tasteful mods -- including ECU work, an under-tail kit and an exhaust -- add to the aura.

Hidden under the Aston Green paintwork -- a metallic hue a couple shades darker than British Racing Green -- Triumph hid a set of carbon fiber fairings. The gauges also got a smattering of the black stuff to keep the high-tech materials brief going and make sure nobody would mistake the CE for a cheaper ride.

Triumph saved the real party pieces for the chassis, where they threw on the single-sided swingarm from the previous generation Dayona, which added style at a nearly four-pound weight penalty. They also lengthened the wheelbase, but snipped off .3 of a degree of rake and nearly 2.5 mm of trail. Doesn't sound like much, but it sharpened the CE over the standard model.

From the seller:

Mostly original, with the only changes being a pipe/K&N with an under-tail kit and some handlebar/control changes to make the bike more comfortable.
I am the second owner. 49 state bike, was originally from Idaho where the owner only did a few long rides in good weather and then sold it to me in Apr 2013 with about 1900 miles, where I took the bike back to San Diego where it is at presently. Car-fax report will likely show 0 for mileage since reporting mileage on a bike over 10 years old was not required here in CA. -Please inquire for details on this. Since then I've ridden the bike only occasionally and never abused it. I had a 2009 Speed Triple but sold it after a couple years, I just wasn't much of a fan of the way it rode but always wanted to try one of these Daytonas. I was surprised by how different the bikes were. The 02 despite being older and a very similar bike to start with was quite a bit stronger running. Torquier, and the transmission shifted like a swiss watch compared to the S3. I just don't ride much anymore and would just like to see it go to someone else to enjoy. All maintenance was performed at San Diego Triumph (Rocket Cycles), and there is really nothing that needs done at this time except maybe for the tires. I put fresh ones on when I got it and the date stamp is oct 2012 so they are just reaching their in-service time even though they show hardly any wear. Brakes/chain/clutch are original and good condition. Bike has the solo tail cover and comes with the pillion saddle. Pics do not show the passenger footrests but they are available as are most of the stock parts and I've kept all receipts. Original toolkit available. General shape of the bike is excellent, with the only flaws being small scuffs that come more from just sitting in the garage than being on the road embarrassingly.

Wolf/Trident Unter-tail Kit (Original available and comes with the bike)
Wolf/Trident Carbon fiber exhaust (Original available and comes with the bike)
Aftermarket tinted windscreen (Original available and comes with the bike)
LSL Tour Match clip-ons, which I had titanium anodized (Original available and comes with the bike)
Polished, then titanium colored anodized top clamp to match the LSL parts (Original available and comes with the bike)
Titanium bar-ends (Original available and comes with the bike)
675 Daytona Clutch perch to fit the LSL bars (Original available and comes with the bike)
CRG levers in titanium (Original available and comes with the bike)
Shorai Lithium Ion Battery With Shorai charger
TuneECU programmed ECU with Julian tune. Engine idle/over-run is good. o2 sensor is used. Engine pulls clean with no flat spots.
Bridgestone Battleax BT016 Pro (Oct 2012 MFR Date)
Racetech front fork rebuild with new springs and gold valves for a 150lb rider.
Skyking fairing savers
Trimmed length gear shift lever (New OEM unit comes with the bike

I also have a spare fuel tank that is still new, in the box that comes with the bike. Original owner had chipped the paint on the original tank and bought a replacement but never installed it and I didn't think the chip looked bad so I left it. The chip is touched up and you don't see it unless your looking for it. I also have 2 extra front sprockets in the smaller, 17 and 18 tooth sizes in case you want a lower gear. Original owner bought them but didn't need them, and I didn't either with the torque the bike's got. It always did fine off the line and a shorter sprocket would probably have made it more of a handful. During my ownership, I've had problems with charging. Common on these bikes, so I installed a shunt wire with fuze to improve the charging and the bike now puts out about 14-14.4V at idle so no issues now. Also had trouble with the low-fuel warning light and an associated EML light which is a design flaw with these bikes. So a new fuel sender went in with a float stopper modification that fixes the issue. Bike now just needs a new rider.

The Daytona 955i Centennial Edition has yet to reach the upper echelons of collectability, but with so few produced and with as special as the machines are, they're likely to stay valuable to the right seller. If you're looking for a rare, special, brute-in-a-suit British sport tourer, this is your steed. Seller Joseph can be reached here and asks $5,800.

Featured Listing: Low-mile 2002 Triumph Daytona 955i Centennial Edition
Honda October 27, 2017 posted by

Time Travel: 1989 Honda GB500 TT for Sale

At a glance, you might be thinking, “Hey, when did I get redirected to ClassicSportbikesforSale?” But no, this isn’t a vintage machine, it’s a Honda GB500 TT that was built in 1989. Strangely, it was both ahead of its time and retro, something that was really only achieved by the GB500 and Moto Guzzi’s 1000S. These days, classic is king, and many of the major manufacturers are cashing in on their heritage: Ducati, BMW, Triumph all have very successful lines of retro-styled bikes with modern performance. But in the late 1980s, the classic-style craze hadn't really caught on yet here in the US, and the GB500 has languished in obscurity for a long time, although used examples command decent prices and values are now on the rise.

Styled to evoke British classics from the 50s and 60s like Norton's famous Manx racers, the GB500 is one of those “everything you need and nothing you don’t” kind of machines, assuming you’re not trying to cut some serious lap times at the track or stalk superbikes in the canyons. Powered by a sleeved-down version of Honda's XL600, it’s simple, fun, and easy to maintain. The four-valve single gave 33hp at the rear wheel, enough to push the 390lb wet machine to a top speed north of The Ton: 108mph in period tests. It's not very fast in a straight line, but handling was very good and it's obviously a handsome machine: anyone who doesn’t know what it is will probably assume it’s much, much older than it is, and you'll get plenty of questions.

So with good looks, reliability, and usable performance, why didn’t it sell very well? Well it actually did sell pretty well in its home market. But in the late 1980s, vintage nostalgia hadn’t really taken off in the US, where the bike was sold for just two years: 1989 and 1990. Part of the problem might have been that you could still buy the real thing for reasonable prices, so the main reason to get one was that you wanted the style of a 50s or 60s British bike without the hassle. The price didn't help either: it was a well-built machine, but the $4200 Honda wanted was just $500 less than a Kawasaki ZX-7, so it's pretty obvious why the bike wasn't popular among "more is more" American motorcyclists.

From the original eBay listing: 1989 Honda GB500 TT for Sale

The GB500 TT derives its name from "Great Britain, 500cc and from the Tourist Trophy" a classic 37-mile motorcycle circuit on the Isle of Man.
It was originally produced 1989-1990. It is a 498cc SOHC single cylinder with a 5 speed transmission at approx. 390 lb. It has both an electric push start and a kick start. Paint is a metallic black-green with gold pin-striping and lettering, as well as chrome wire wheels. Although the British inspired the style of the bike, Japan polished the details and improved on the engines' smoothness and durability.

My bike is the 1989 GB500.

I am the second owner and bought this bike form a collector on 08/1998. It had 1,853 mi on it at the time. I have kept it garaged and rode it for pleasure around town. The current mileage 5,226. It is in great condition. The bike is light, easy to handle and fun to ride. Its vintage British styling turns heads. It has Metzler tires. The bike has a couple of faint paint scratches on the tank. It runs great. It has a Supertrapp exhaust that reduces the overall weight and makes the bikes single cylinder thumper earn its name. The chrome on the Supertrap is slightly aged. I also have the original exhaust system that goes with the bike. I previously purchased a Corbin dual seat made specifically for this bike. This also goes with the bike.

This is a classic bike so serious buyers who are interested in this particular bike should respond. I am asking $ 6,500. If you want to have to look at the bike in person I will meet serious buyers only. If you want to take the bike for a ride you will need to bring the asking price in cash as collateral.

The $6,500 asking price is at the high end of the spectrum for a decent GB500, but this one looks especially nice, with extremely low miles. If you like the style of a classic Triumph or Norton, but want something you can ride every weekend without having to gap the plugs, replace the points, reattach wayward brackets, make sure all the lights work, and clean up puddles of oil, the GB500 is a surprisingly classy and faithful replica of the real thing, without all that famous British bike "character..."

-tad

Time Travel: 1989 Honda GB500 TT for Sale
Triumph April 29, 2017 posted by

Grand Touring: 1999 Triumph Daytona 1200SE for Sale

Motorcycling history is littered with storied nameplates undone by economic changes, and many have tried and failed to resurrect those brands, but one of the enduring success stories continues to be Triumph. Sunk by a changing economy, a changing market, and an inability to compete with the reliable, affordable, high-performance bikes from Japan, Triumph's long, slow slide into irrelevance was over by 1983. John Bloor originally purchased the defunct Triumph facility with an eye to razing it and building residences, but somewhere along the line, a bit of nationalistic inspiration struck him and he instead decided to revive the brand. Attempts to compete head-on with sportbikes from Japan a second time were always going to end in failure, so Triumph wisely chose to focus on quality and heritage instead of outright performance. That's not to say that bikes like today's Triumph Daytona 1200SE didn't have brawn to match their good looks, but that performance was never going be as focused or as inexpensive as it would be with something like a GSX-R1100. Instead, Triumph went for a different customer, one more concerned with quality and class than top-speed numbers or lap times.

The biggest limitation to ultimate performance was Triumph's decision to go with modular design based around a spine frame. That same basic frame and two engines, a triple or an inline four, could be wrapped in different bodywork to create an entire range of motorcycles and quickly add models to react to market changes, which gave versatility for a fairly low cost. Unfortunately, it meant a bit of a jack-of-all-trades quality, with too much weight carried too high for optimal handling. Nothing wrong in the engine room however: 147 horsepower may not sound all that impressive, considering the 1180cc engine, but it was one of the most powerful motorcycles available at the time and a claimed 85 lbs-ft of torque is BMW S1000RR territory. So the big Daytona can move out smartly and, most importantly, can sustain that 159mph top speed seemingly all day long, with plenty of wind protection from the big fairing and all-day ergonomics.

Styling is always subjective, but I think these look pretty cool, with that dual-round headlamp endurance racing style, but without the aggression or wild graphics of a 90s Japanese sportbike. The monochromatic color treatment, especially the black seen here, makes it look classy and elegant. I think they've aged well and prices mean you can have a classic road-burner with all-day comfort for relative peanuts. Personally, I'd prefer one of the hot-rod three-cylinder Super III models, but in either guise you're looking at a deceptively fast motorcycle.

From the original eBay listing: 1999 Triumph Daytona 1200SE for Sale

I purchased this bike three years ago to add it to the other two Daytona's I already have. The reason for the sale is that I have my hands full with my other D-12's and the other bikes we have. So... In the three years I have owned the bike I have put less than 400 miles on the it. I replaced the left and right fairings as well as the front fairing, windshield, with trim, clip-ons, fork seals, tires, and battery. I am the third owner, from what I was told. I have the bike stored in my climate controlled basement since I brought it home. The bike is completely stock. All parts used are Triumph parts. There is a very small ding on the tank. On the right side from previous owner. Also a small scratch/rub on the left side rear body work. The only thing missing is the Union Jack that gets mounted on the side fairing underneath "Special Edition". I have not located one yet. The last thing the bike needs is a carb tune. I have not done this because I wasn't riding it. I have a shop that has tuned my other D-12's that has the bikes producing 120hp and 80ft.lbs. at the rear wheel. I can have them do the work for around, $400.00, or we can discuss other options.

Full disclosure is something we all appreciate when shopping for a bike. When obvious stuff is wrong but not mentioned, we bike folks think, "Hmmm... if he's not being up front with that, what else isn't he telling us?" Being upfront about minor flaws suggests that, not only is the seller honest, but that they are a bit obsessive themselves. I'm not obsessive about minor flaws like the ones present here, but I sure want to buy a bike from someone who is. For a bike meant to cover big miles at big speeds, this one shows remarkably little wear and tear, although mileage is pretty low and the seller is asking $5,199.00 for what appears to be a very nice motorcycle. This is another bike like yesterday's VF1000R where most examples that show up for sale seem to have held up very well, considering the fact that they're 20 years old devices that go belting along highways and back roads at speed, which speaks not only to build quality, but to attentive ownership. But then again, that's exactly the kind of customer Triumph was shooting for in the first place.

-tad

Grand Touring: 1999 Triumph Daytona 1200SE for Sale
Triumph January 10, 2017 posted by

British Beef: 1996 Triumph Daytona Super III for Sale

Faced with the onslaught of powerful, dead-reliable motorcycles from Japan, many of the storied British and European motorcycle brands folded and Triumph was among them, although the story of their eventual resurrection is suitably British. These days, they’re famous for their characterful performance machines, but it took them years to earn that enviable reputation. This Daytona Super III represents ground-zero for this new generation of Triumph motorcycles and was their sportiest bike at the time.

John Bloor was actually looking at the defunct Triumph factory as a residential building site when he decided instead to relaunch the brand, which is about as much a change of heart as it’s possible to have. Building a wide variety of bikes to suit different markets and niches with entirely different frames and engines would have been prohibitively expensive, so the new range of motorcycles was built around a modular frame, with either a 900cc triple or 1200cc inline four for motivation: the 900cc triple in the Daytona was the same basic engine that also powered the Thunderbird, Trident, Sprint, Tiger, Trophy, and Speed Triple. Pretty impressive, considering how different those bikes appear at first glance.

The standard Daytona 900 made 98hp, but Cosworth tuning took the Super III to 115hp, with a near 140mph top speed, with upgraded, six-piston brakes up front to bring the whole thing to a halt quickly. Those numbers were healthy for the time, although they didn’t really compete with the fastest bikes of the era. But as you can see from the displacement, Triumph wasn’t looking at competing in racing for the most part, and the displacements reflect this roadgoing mission, an area in which the bike excelled.

Handling was very stable, although the spine frame carried weight high and the bike was fairly heavy overall so it couldn't really be considered nimble. But quality was a step up from the Japanese, comfort was good, and the look was much more classic and conservative to appeal to a different segment of the sportbike marketplace. These days, nice Daytonas and even Super IIIs can be had for relative peanuts, as you can see with today’s example, and offers up useable performance and distinctive looks.

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

This is a good clean example of a rare 1996 Triumph Daytona Super 3.  The bike is in great shape with limited modifications and most of the original parts.  I do not have the original exhaust, but have seem them on e-bay for 100-$300.  This bike has just had a fresh tune-up, rebuilt carbs, plugs, all new rubber hoses, coolant flush, valve adjustment, and new Pilot 3 tires.  One of the side panels may have been repainted at some point, but I'm not sure, and one of the rear turn signals has a broken stalk.   Aftermarket parts  4 into 1 full race exhaust by Sebring K&N pod filters (original air box included) Available Parts 1 Brand new Penske fully adjustable remote resivore rear shock $1,000 (paid $1300).  If the bike buyer dose not want it, I'll list it in a separate auction. Additional Super 3 info: The Triumph Daytona Super III was a limited edition of the under-appreciated Daytona 900. Just 805 were sold worldwide and they featured engine work by Cosworth. In addition to Cosworth’s touch, this bike got bigger cams, flat slide carbs, 6 piston front brakes, and a whole lot of carbon fiber. The results of the engine work yielded a healthy 115 horsepower, though the bike was too heavy to be a true sports bike. It instead ended up being a fantastic sport-tourer, and a bike you had to muscle around to have a lot of fun with.

That "repainted side panel" does look a bit off in a couple of the photos, but the seller is asking a very reasonable $3,500 for what appears to be a clean, well-maintained and upgraded bit of Triumph's comeback story. The styling may be a bit dated, but the bike oozes class and while it may not be a "true sportbike" it has muscle where it counts: on the road. And let's be honest, that's where most motorcyclists spend their time. Track day junkies should probably look elsewhere,  although one of the coaches at the track-day organization I rode with on the East Coast had a Daytona like this one set up for track riding, so they can be made to handle if you're willing to expend a bit of time, money and effort.

-tad

British Beef: 1996 Triumph Daytona Super III for Sale
Triumph August 26, 2016 posted by

Four Cylinder Brit: 1995 Triumph Daytona 1200 for Sale

1995 Triumph Daytona 1200 L Side

The sagas of some of the most well-known European manufacturers can read like film scripts, full of action and intrigue. But if Ducati’s story is a bit like an Indiana Jones movie, with death-defying thrills and narrow escapes from doom, Triumph’s history is a bit like a zombie movie, since they were basically dead and buried when John Bloor came along to resurrect the company. So how does a shambling, undead motorcycle manufacturer with limited resources and a less-than-stellar reputation for quality create a successful range of motorcycles from scratch? With interesting niche machines like today’s Daytona 1200.

1995 Triumph Daytona 1200 Tank

Triumph’s bikes of the period were designed around a modular concept that allowed Triumph to develop a wide variety of motorcycles for different riders with a minimal cost. It also allowed them to quickly introduce new models and capitalize on market trends. Introduced in 1993, the Daytona was virtually identical to the touring Trophy, with new bodywork, suspension, and tires. But those small changes resulted in a bike that was much more than the sum of its parts.

1995 Triumph Daytona 1200 Front Brake

The Daytona 1200 is much like the 900 in terms of character, only more so: the big 1180cc inline four isn’t so much a lightweight sportbike as it is an alternative to something like the ZX-11, a fast, big-bore GT. And while the other bikes in the class battled it out for top-speed honors, the Daytona wisely demurred and stuck with road-biased gearing that emphasized the beastly midrange stomp of the big four and gave the bike seriously rapid acceleration up to 100mph. The engine produced a claimed 147hp and 85lb-ft of torque, pulling around 550lbs wet. That horsepower number may not scream “high performance” but take a look at that torque figure: right on par with modern literbikes, although the Daytona obviously has more weight to lug around. Handling was very good, but limited by the bike’s 550lb wet weight, a downside of Triumph’s modular construction. Comfort was excellent as well, almost as if Triumph expected their customers to actually ride their machines…

1995 Triumph Daytona 1200 Clocks

From the original eBay listing: 1995 Triumph Daytona 1200 for Sale

This is a one owner bike purchased from new. It has 5,093 100% original miles. This bike is 100% original except for the D&D exhaust system. It has never been in an accident of any kind. We have the original clean title, everything is authentic.

Very few miles have rolled under the wheels of today’s example. It appears to be in excellent condition, and includes an aftermarket exhaust that should reduce the weight slightly and increase the volume and quality of the noise, although D&D exhausts can be a little on the loud side. That $6,588.00 Buy It Now price is pricey for an old Daytona, but I bet you won't see one nicer anytime soon. The seller also includes a very nice, high-resolution video of the bike to give you a good idea of what you'll be buying.

1995 Triumph Daytona 1200 Engine Detail

Triumph knew that their modular design was never going to compete directly with specialized bikes from the Japanese manufacturers, so they simply went their own way, and focused on maximizing the performance of their platform, improving the quality, and styled their products to appeal to a more sophisticated, mature rider who didn’t need to pretend they were going to win races on their machines. That may not have led to bragging rights at the time, but it made for a very well-rounded machine that's aged very well: styling is classic and the bike offers very real performance. All of the Daytonas, and even the later 595 and 955 versions are starting to increase in value of late. If you’re looking for a handsome bike with character and the ability to munch miles, a Daytona like this one might make an excellent addition to your stable.

-tad

1995 Triumph Daytona 1200 R Side Rear

Four Cylinder Brit: 1995 Triumph Daytona 1200 for Sale
Triumph July 14, 2016 posted by

Getting Closer: Low-Mileage 2004 Triumph Daytona 600 for Sale

2004 Triumph Daytona 600 R Front

Earlier versions of the reborn Triumph’s Daytona didn’t bother trying to compete head-to-head with the Japanese sportbikes, which was probably a wise move: the early, spine-framed 900cc bike was well-built and made plenty of useable power, and the later T595 [actually a 955cc] added superlative handling to the mix, but both were far too heavy to compete directly against their counterparts from the Land of the Rising Sun. But by the time this Daytona 600 came around, Triumph felt they were ready to take on the Japanese directly, without having to fall back on Euro-snobbery or “character.”

Close, but no wasabi.

2004 Triumph Daytona 600 L Side

The CBR-looking TT600 came first, but it was cursed with unrefined fuel-injection and was definitely not a looker. The Daytona 600 seen here that was introduced in 2003 has an angular, stealth-fighter style that is well-balanced, but looks like it’s trying just a bit too hard. It certainly hasn’t aged as well as the T595, although maybe it just needs a few more years to grow on me…

2004 Triumph Daytona 600 Dash

Revised Keihin electronic fuel injection smoothed out the earlier TT600’s powerband, although extremely oversquare bore and stroke dimensions of 68mm x 41.3mm mean that the bike is pretty gutless below 7,000 rpm. That’s pretty standard for the 600cc class, but testers noted the Daytona’s gutlessness was particularly pronounced. It was also down a few horses on the competition at the top and, in the ultra-competitive 600cc class, just a couple ponies can make the difference between success and failure. Handling was first-rate though, with a nice balance of agility and stability, all without being overly harsh.

2004 Triumph Daytona 600 L Rear

Looking at the Daytona 600 as a used bike buy, when cutting-edge performance is no longer quite so important, those minor flaws seem far less important, and the bike does offer up very striking, almost kit-bike looks and enough performance and handling to keep even experienced riders entertained. The only question is parts availability: these are pretty uncommon bikes here in the US and don’t seem to be all that well supported by the aftermarket either.

Today’s example has just 824 miles on it and appears to be in excellent condition, with a price that might just have you wondering whether you might have room in your garage for something just a bit odd for the sake of being odd.

2004 Triumph Daytona 600 Fairing Detail

From the original eBay listing: 2004 Triumph Daytona 600 with 824 Miles for Sale

You are looking at a 2004 Triumph Daytona 600 with 824 miles on it. It is Tornado Red in color and powered by a 599cc fuel injected engine and 6 speed transmission. This bike comes with 2 keys. There are no dents or dings on the bike that I can find, however there are scratches on the rear fender, mirrors, and exhaust. The chrome and aluminum are in good condition and the tires have good tread left on them.

 

2004 Triumph Daytona 600 Clocks

It's always funny to me when sellers list how much tire life is left: they’re wear items, and tires on sportbikes last just a few thousand miles anyway.  More of a question for collectors: are the original turn signals included, since they appear to be missing... These Daytonas were certainly competent sportbikes, but there’s really nothing to recommend them over a GSX-R600 or R6 except for styling, which is subjective, and their rarity. If you’re a collector of quirky rare bikes in general, or Triumphs in particular, this low-mileage example is certainly worth a look, especially at that $3,450 Buy It Now price. If you’re looking for a bike to ride, you’re probably better off with the earlier Daytona T595 triple or the later 675, both of which provide less gimmicky styling and character that’s noticeably different when compared to the Japanese sportbikes of their respective eras.

-tad

2004 Triumph Daytona 600 R Side

Getting Closer: Low-Mileage 2004 Triumph Daytona 600 for Sale