2005

TRI­UMPH SPEED TRIPLE 1050

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Project Hunter -

If you’re of the mind to get a fu­ture clas­sic in the garage be­fore de­pre­ci­a­tion turns to ap­pre­ci­a­tion, Tri­umph’s first 1050 Speed Triple is a wor­thy con­tender. They de­vel­oped a larger, grun­tier ver­sion of their triple lump, up­dated the run­ning gear and made it look even more like Steve Burns’ bug-eyed Spon­don ‘Mon­ster’ with a stumpier tailpiece. It was so good they’ve in­cre­men­tally de­vel­oped the same ba­sic plat­form ever since. This is the cheap­est we’ve seen: but it comes in kit form…

More mod­ern, yet rel­a­tively straight­for­ward. They’ve ac­tu­ally got a bet­ter in­jec­tion sys­tem than the 955 bikes – eas­ier than the ear­lier bikes. As usual, you’re re­ly­ing on the seller not to have bro­ken or lost any­thing, but if you wanted to own or re­store a Speed Triple be­fore prices go nuts, it’s the right model and colour, and the big stuff is there. Just a lot of work.

At least it’s in large lumps, not 37 ice cream con­tain­ers in an old wheel­bar­row

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