1997 Triumph Daytona T595
Dave Jones, Cleveleys, Lancashire
“I bought mine in September 2000. I used it as my only form of transport for four years, including through the winter. It’s been around Spain twice, it’s been touring around France and it’s done 78,000 miles now.
“I got a secondhand Öhlins shock for it and a couple of years ago I took the forks to Maxton and they overhauled and revalved them. In the past I had a Power Commander on it, which was OK, but I’ve since had it set up at Junction 33 Dyno with a TUNEECU and it’s the best thing I’ve had done.
“The gearlever is off a later 955i, so there’s no linkage, it’s got a Kawasaki ZX-9R rear mastercylinder, which just fitted on with two longer bolts, so the back brake works now, it’s got an ITG air filter and EBC clutch plates with Daytona 1200 springs and an extended actuator arm. I’ve also fitted the bolts for the rear suspension linkage the other way round from the way Triumph do, so if you need to grease them it’s a simple job rather than having to take off the whole exhaust. Apart from that I just keep on top of servicing and repairs.
“They aren’t as unreliable as people say. I’ve only once been brought back on a recovery truck, when the regulator/ rectifier died, and I’ve managed to keep on top of corrosion.
“It went through a period of having strange electrical faults, but once I removed the Datatool alarm I haven’t had a problem. I had a few bizarre problems with it. It would idle at 3000rpm, and it took three bike shops to work out it was the stepper motor. I’ve had a few pipes go brittle, so I’ve replaced those with normal silicone pipes, and I replaced the radiator with one from a Sprint ST 1050 because it’s impossible to find a T595 radiator these days.
“I live five minutes’ walk from the sea so the old one just rotted, but after 20 years you can’t really complain.”
Big miles and very nearly a big smile