The Daytona Super III raised Triumphõs game
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