As MCN tests the new Speed Triple, Phil West meets the an­ces­tors

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Tri­umph Speed Triple 1050 (2005-2007)

De­fin­i­tive Speed Triple was the most ag­gres­sive-look­ing yet and the first model not to be a naked ver­sion of a sport­ster as Tri­umph qui­etly dropped the big Day­tona. While re­tain­ing the twin beams and sin­gle-sided swinger the new Speedie also de­buted a cool-look­ing un­der­seat ex­haust and ra­dial front brake calipers. It was also stumpier, sharper and punchier thanks to the new 128bhp, 1050cc mo­tor. Plus it still had those all-im­por­tant (for some, any­way) bug-eyed head­lights. What you’ll pay to­day £3500-£4500 But should you? Raw, charis­matic, ex­cit­ing and Bri­tish. What’s not to like?

Tri­umph Speed Triple T309 (1994-1997)

A de­frocked Day­tona 900 in­spired, ac­cord­ing to folk­lore, when a Tri­umph worker crashed one of the mod­u­lar sport­sters. True or not, it was a sur­prise hit pop­u­larised fur­ther by a one-make rac­ing se­ries. Ro­bust and re­li­able, char­ac­ter­ful and cool, it’s the most in­de­mand of all early Hinckley bikes. What you’ll pay to­day £2500 for a rough ’un to £4000 for a goodie But should you? It’s a true clas­sic.

Tri­umph Speed Triple T509 (1997-1998)

All-new model was based on the new T595 Day­tona sport­ster and the first Speed Triple to get the bug-eyed twin head­lamps and sin­gle-sided swingarm. An in­stant hit, the new Speedie be­came the cat­a­lyst for the growth in pop­u­lar­ity of the whole su­per-naked cat­e­gory. What you’ll pay to­day Rough ex­am­ples from £1300, clean orig­i­nals up to £2500 But should you? These orig­i­nals are hand­some, pure, raw and can be cheap.

Tri­umph Speed Triple 1050 R (2012-2015)

Tri­umph en­joyed suc­cess with pre­mium R ver­sions of bikes like the Day­tona 675 and Street Triple, so an R ver­sion was launched to al­low Tri­umph to more closely ri­val ma­chines like Aprilia’s Tuono and Du­cati’s Street­fighter. For £2500 ex­tra over the stan­dard bike of the same era (see be­low) the bike had …hlins sus­pen­sion front and rear, up­graded Brembo brakes, a smat­ter­ing of car­bon and light­weight forged alu­minium wheels. What you’ll pay to­day £8800-£11,500 But should you? Flashy ex­tras bring a new di­men­sion to al­ready hugely pop­u­lar bike.

Tri­umph Speed Triple 1050 (2008-2010)

A sub­tle evo­lu­tion of the 2005 model rather than a com­pletely new bike and in­tended to cor­rect the few faults of the orig­i­nal 1050. The pre­vi­ously ridicu­lously short pil­lion seat was ex­tended; Nissin brake calipers were swapped for Ital­ian Brem­bos and new wheels had a more stylish, curved spoke design. What you’ll pay to­day £4500-£6000 But should you? If fox­eye head­lamps are not for you, this is the best Speedie.

Tri­umph Speed Triple 1050 (2011-2015)

New chas­sis, cy­cle parts, up­rated en­gine and more but the Speed Triple spirit re­mained. Some purists, how­ever, chose to fo­cus on the head­lights Ð the previous twin round beams were re­placed by a pair of more an­gu­lar, sharper-look­ing items. New frame gave sharper han­dling and power went up to 135bhp. What you’ll pay to­day £4600-£11,000 But should you? Ar­guably still the best all-round su­per-naked out there.

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