Resto tips: Tri­umph T509/595

Hinck­ley hard­ware not with­out is­sues, but very much loved

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Contents - WORDS TIM DICKSON

There are a few is­sues with th­ese big Brits, best be aware if you’re in the mar­ket for this Hinck­ley pro­duce

BY THE LATE 1990s, a resur­gent­tri­umph had hit its stride with a solid range of tour­ers, sports tour­ers and ret­ros shar­ing a parts bin of mod­u­lar en­gines and chas­sis, but it lacked a true sports bike to ri­val the Honda Fire­blade and im­mi­nent Yamaha R1.the Day­to­nat595, launched in 1997, wasn’t quite it, but it leapfrogged the Day­tona 900 it re­placed in terms of per­for­mance and was the clos­est thing to a proper superbike that Hinck­ley had yet built.

The Day­to­nat595 used an evo­lu­tion oftri­umph’s ubiq­ui­tous three-pot, but boosted in ca­pac­ity from 885cc to 955cc and housed in an all-new al­loy perime­ter frame sport­ing a sin­gle-sided swingarm and John Mock­ett-de­signed body­work that echoed the Du­cati 916 and marked a de­par­ture from the firm’s an­gu­lar, slab-sided look.

At the same time the Speed Triplet509 was launched as a suc­ces­sor to the Speedtriple 900. It was de­vel­oped in skunkworks-like se­crecy along­side thet595 with which it shared its chas­sis (but used the older 885cc three-pot mo­tor) and fi­nally sloughed its cafe racer skin to ap­pear with bug-eyed twin head­lights that per­fectly cap­tured the street­fighter zeit­geist. It be­came a best-sell­ing hit.

In 1999 thet595 would evolve into the Day­tona 955i and es­tab­lish it­self as a fast, ef­fec­tive and well-re­garded road-go­ing litre-bike but it never man­aged to shake off its nearly man sta­tus against Japan’s more track­fo­cused 1000cc com­pe­ti­tion.the T509, mean­while, mor­phed into the Speedtriple 955i and later the 1050, and re­mains a stal­wart of the line-up to this day.

Prices for thet509/t595 can start as low as £500 – but be­ware, the pit­falls are man­i­fold, from cracked frames around the head­stocks on ear­lyt595s to warp­ing plas­tic fuel tanks and exploding fourth gears com­mon to both, so do your re­search.

Not quite a sports­bike, but still with a meaty good­ness

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