Tri­umph T595 Day­tona

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If the Speed Triple 900 marked a high point of the early Hinck­ley mod­u­lar bikes, the all-new T595 Day­tona marked the end of it. New from the ground up (although some of the previous bikesõ en­gine ar­chi­tec­ture was car­ried over) it had a com­pletely re­worked mo­tor, all-new alu­minium frame, 916-style sin­gle-sided swingarm and fresh styling by John Mock­ett.

The in­ten­tion was sim­ple. Af­ter the early, mod­u­lar bikes had es­tab­lished Tri­umph once again as a cred­i­ble man­u­fac­turer, the T595, as owner John Bloor him­self told MCN, was to be a Ôno-com­pro­miseõ at­tack on the most com­pet­i­tive class of all.

Òthe big­gest growth in re­cent years has been the se­ri­ous sports mar­ket, so it was a log­i­cal move,ó he said soon af­ter the new sports­bikeõs launch. Òbut we needed to take away the com­pro­mise thatõs in­evitable with the mod­u­lar ap­proach. For sports­bikes es­pe­cially, you can­not com­pro­mise if you are to achieve the nec­es­sary per­for­mance.ó

The re­sult was an im­pres­sive and com­pet­i­tive 130bhp, the light­est chas­sis Tri­umph had yet built and enough pre-sale or­ders to make the all-new Day­tona, one of the big­gest sell­ing bikes of 1997. As such, along with the new T509 Speed Triple, which was based on the new Day­tona and launched at the same time, a whole new era for Hinck­ley had be­gun.

The new Day­tona was gor­geous, dis­tinc­tive, charis­matic and bril­liantly ef­fec­tive as a real-world road sport­ster that to this day re­tains a growing, clas­sic sta­tus. Buy a good one while theyõre still cheap.

What we said at the time

“The Day­tona has its own dis­tinct char­ac­ter, and though it might not set new stan­dards, it’s play­ing in the same ball­park as the best in the busi­ness. That’s all it needs to do – job done.”

A quar­ter of a cen­tury later and the Tro­phy still im­presses

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