TRIUMPH SPEED TRIPLE 1050
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