Tri­umph Speed Triple 900

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For most, the orig­i­nal Speed Triple is the mo­tor­cy­cle that best rep­re­sents the mo­ment Hinck­ley found its mojo.

De­spite be­ing ef­fec­tively an un­faired Day­tona 900 with a few styling tweaks, here was a Tri­umph that for the first time pur­sued char­ac­ter and charisma more than con­ven­tional per­for­mance and prac­ti­cal­ity.

In short, all the best bits about re­vived Tri­umph were mixed to­gether to cre­ate a new ma­chine – then a whole dol­lop of style was la­dled on for good mea­sure. By be­ing pow­ered by the 900 triple, the ‘Speedie’ had what was al­ready con­sid­ered the best of Hinck­ley’s mod­u­lar mo­tors. By us­ing the Day­tona chas­sis, com­plete with ad­justable fork and float­ing, four-pot brakes, it had the best cy­cle parts avail­able. Add to that stylish, twin white-faced clocks, racy clip-on han­dle­bars, a sin­gle round head­lamp plus a cool-sound­ing name that was a nod to the orig­i­nal 1938 Speed Twin and Tri­umph’s new­comer was al­ready well on the way to suc­cess.

The fin­ish­ing touches were a glo­ri­ous, all-black colourscheme (who’s fin­ish was now much im­proved due to Tri­umph’s all-new paint shop); match­ing black si­lencers and a natty pil­lion seat cover. Add mar­ket­ing cam­paign that on the one hand had it mem­o­rably pic­tured next to a Rot­tweiler and, on the other, had it star­ring in the Tri­umph Triple Chal­lenge, one of the most suc­cess­ful and en­ter­tain­ing one-make UK race se­ries ever, and the Speed Triple’s suc­cess was guar­an­teed.

Al­ways dis­tinc­tive, raw, pow­ered by a unique three-cylin­der mo­tor and hugely, hooli­gan­is­ti­cally en­ter­tain­ing, that orig­i­nal was suc­ceeded by the equally iconic and sig­nif­i­cant T509 Speed Triple in 1997, which in turn evolved into 1050 form in 2005. To­day, up­dated for 2016 once more, it lives on as one of Tri­umph’s core and most suc­cess­ful mod­els. But it’s the 1994 orig­i­nal, prefer­ably in gleam­ing black, which is the most col­lectable of all the early Hinck­ley bikes.

What we said at the time

“Built around one of the best en­gine and chas­sis com­bi­na­tions avail­able, if you’re dis­ap­pointed with the Speed Triple, you’re dis­ap­pointed with life.”

T595 DAY­TONA £7499 NEW

En­gine: Liq­uid-cooled, 955cc ( 79 x 65mm), DOHC, 12v triple. Power: 130bhp @ 10,200rpm Torque: 74ftlb @ 8300rpm Frame: Tubu­lar alu­minium, sin­gle-sided cast ali swingarm Sus­pen­sion: 45mm forks, fully adj; Ris­ing rate monoshock, fully adj Dry weight: 192.6kg Front brake: 2 x 320mm discs, fourpis­ton calipers Rear: 220mm disc, twin-pis­ton caliper Fuel: 18 litres Seat: 815mm

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