THE BUYER

‘Top of the tree is the orig­i­nal Speed Triple in black’

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Hink­ley's used hot­ties

It seems al­most im­pos­si­ble, but we’ve had a quar­ter of a cen­tury of liv­ing with Hinck­ley Tri­umphs.

There are still a hell of a lot of the orig­i­nal 885cc triples around, tes­ta­ment to how well built they were. In some re­spects, they’re bet­ter made than the mod­ern ones be­cause Tri­umph knew they couldn’t af­ford to make them un­re­li­able.

And some 885s are still de­sir­able. Top of the tree is the orig­i­nal Speed Triple, in black, and one of the later ones with the full six- speed gear­box. This was Tri­umph’s Jota, and spawned ev­ery Speed Triple since. Low-mil­ers are £4000 and up, be­lieve it or not. You’d pay that for a 1050 Speed Triple.

Next is the Thun­der­bird. Lovely soft torquey en­gine, and great looks. These start at £2500, and you’ll need another grand for a re­ally good one. The Sport ver­sion can fetch £4000.

Fi­nally, there’s the orig­i­nal 885 Tri­umph Tiger, known by its fans as the 'Steamer'. These start at around £1100 and are fab­u­lous, char­ac­ter­ful value for money. There’s only one way the prices of these are go­ing and that’s up.

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