Triumph T595 Daytona
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.”