‘Peo­ple are pay­ing as lit­tle as £1500 for 955 Day­tonas’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage - Neil Mur­ray makes a liv­ing buy­ing & sell­ing pre-loved metal

I’m af­ter bikes to stash in the lock-up for sale in Spring and I’m won­der­ing whether early 2000s-era Tri­umphs might be a good bet.

Tri­umph had re­alised that their four- cylin­der bikes re­ally didn’t stack up against the Ja­panese fours. They ditched fours al­to­gether af­ter the luke­warm re­cep­tion that greeted the TT600 and the 600 Day­tona (the 650 was a bit more like it, but it was ev­i­dent by then that no­body wanted a four from the firm).

Mov­ing on from their orig­i­nal 885cc triples, they took a sort of quan­tum leap with the new 955s. And they ploughed their own fur­row – they weren’t cut­tingedge sports­bikes: they were sports tour­ers. Not com­pet­i­tive on tracks, but bril­liant road bikes.

Peo­ple are pay­ing as lit­tle as £1500 for 10-year-old Sprints, Day­tonas and even early 955 Speed Triples. I think they’re un­der­val­ued. Not only that, but there’s still no­body else mak­ing bikes like th­ese. I sup­pose the near­est thing is Honda’s VFR800.

Early 955s had some is­sues – plas­tic fuel line con­nec­tors failed, but were re­placed with metal ones. The oc­ca­sional starter clutch grem­lin still lurks, but as long as you keep the bat­tery fit so the starter won’t kick back, there’s no cause to worry. Just re­mem­ber that many are sold just be­fore ex­pen­sive 18,000 or 36,000-mile ser­vices.

As I said a while back, I’m ear­mark­ing £10,000 to spend on half a dozen care­fully cho­sen bikes this win­ter, and there’s go­ing to be at least one 955 Tri­umph among them. Next week Does an old but solid Yamaha FJ1200 make a wise buy?

Sell­ing at bar­gain prices, Tri­umph triples are worth a punt

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