Buying a Speed Triple?
Three things to think about
If the current used apple of your eye is adorned with aftermarket bits (like mine), ensure it also comes with all its original parts – if it does it’s a good indication that the bike’s been well caredfor. Plus, any Speed Trip that arrives with enough parts boxes to fill your understairs cupboard won’t cost any more than a bike whose OE exhaust has been thrown into the maw of ebay.
Rear wheel hubs can seize solid. Look down between the swingarm and the rear sprocket and you’ll see the shiny teeth on the hub adjuster. If the teeth are chewed up, the hub is likely seized. Factor in a £500 price reduction to rectify. This kind of problem also suggests the bike hasn’t been serviced correctly, so check other critical spots such as the suspension linkage.
The ethanol in modern fuels can damage fuel lines and deform fuel tanks, most notably here the plastic tanks fitted to 1997-2007 Speed Triples. The effects of ethanol can be difficult to spot, but make sure the bike is fuelling well. Also check the tank doesn’t have any visual deformation. The price for a used plastic replacement tank is currently £220.