1998 Tri­umph Day­tona T595

Martin Bur­rows, The Wir­ral

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Restoration Revealed -

“I bought it three win­ters ago from a dealer in York who was do­ing a win­ter clear­ance. Cos­met­i­cally it looked OK, but the in­tent was al­ways to go through it prop­erly. It was sold as ser­viced and Mot’d, but when I got it no way was it road­wor­thy. The rear sus­pen­sion was seized solid. I stripped the back end out and ended up hav­ing to cut one of the bolts out.

“I rode it for a year af­ter that, then the fol­low­ing win­ter I went for a full strip­down. I had the frame and swingarm pow­der­coated, went through the en­gine and had new bear­ings right the way through. Over­all I was im­pressed with the fin­ish of it. The thing that caught me a lit­tle bit was a com­ment I read on the Face­book page for the T595 where some­one had said to make sure the en­gine was lined up prop­erly, and they showed a photo of an en­gine mount that had been torn off. When you put the en­gine in it will sit flush against one set of en­gine mounts, but one of the rear bot­tom ones has a spacer and if that’s not there it can crack the en­gine mount.

“I’ve two other bikes, a Suzuki GSX600 plus an 1100 Slab­bie as a long-term bike. I’ve spent so much time and ef­fort on the Tri­umph that it’s a sunny week­end bike now.”

From wreck to sunny days only week­end bike

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