Hinck­ley’s hero

The Day­tona Su­per III raised Tri­umphõs game

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Hinck­ley’s orig­i­nal Day­tona 750 looked the part but felt a bit weedy to ride. The 900, launched in 1993, was a bit more like it but still had the 98bhp en­gine com­mon to most of the 885cc triples. In short, it didn’t re­ally have the go to back up its looks.

To try and fix that, Tri­umph went to Cos­worth who re­worked the cylin­der head. The 1994 Su­per III also got bumpier cams and flat­slide carbs, all of which boosted power to 115bhp, with six-pis­ton front brakes to haul it up. It also had lots of carbon fi­bre, but it still weighed 211kg dry – a legacy of its 885cc her­itage.

The Su­per III wasn’t a Fire­blade-beater, not with that weight and power out­put. How­ever it still did 150mph. It was a very good sports-tourer, with lots of grunt (like all the 900s) and it boasted de­cent han­dling, great looks and a won­der­ful sound.

Peo­ple took no­tice and thought: “Hmmm… Tri­umph’s breaking out of its playpen…” And they were right, be­cause Tri­umph’s next sports­bike was the T595, and the rest is his­tory.

Tri­umph must have known it was a stop­gap model. Only about 800 were ever built, which makes it a rare ma­chine. Col­lec­tors are now look­ing at Su­per IIIS, espe­cially as prices of the orig­i­nal Speed Triple have gone through the roof. This is sure to fol­low suit – it’s def­i­nitely go­ing to go up in value too, and soon.

Down­sides? You can’t get new re­place­ment carbon fi­bre body­work any more, so don’t buy a dam­aged one and try to do it up.

More power and less weight made the Su­per III Tri­umph’s sporti­est model – un­til the T595

Solo cowl dis­guises a fair-size pil­lion seat

Plenty of carbon, but it’s no light­weight

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