Manufacturer: Triumph………UP Model: Speed Triple 955i, (T509) Years Made: 1999-Present, (1995-1998) Style: Standard Sport Engine Type:
HP: 118 (106) Torque: 74 (63) Top Speed: 240kph MPG: 40 New Cost: $13,599 (2000)
Average Used Costs: Low $6,886 Medium $7,924 High $8,584
A cult machine in every sense, the Speed Triple is attitude made metal. A rebel with a very clear cause – maximum impact allied to full rider control. Its brutal image belies a silken handling package, taming the extreme torque produced in the fuel-injected, three-cylinder engine’s low and mid-range.
Sharing the same sports chassis as the Daytona, with fully adjustable suspension, a purposeful riding position and potent brakes, riding the Speed Triple is sure to induce an unsupressible grin. The single-sided swingarm, distinctive twin headlights, striking paint schemes and a one-of-a-kind exhaust note underline its uniqueness. A wolf in wolf’s clothing, this is not a machine to be taken lightly, nor one that can be ignored. – Triumph
Notes: Even though this bike is very light for its engine size, it would not be a very good choice as a first bike due to its very powerful engine and light weight. Changed name from the Triumph Speed Triple T509 to the Triumph Speed Triple 955i in 1998-1999.
MBG Says: Just a quick glance is enough to see the Speed Triple and the Daytona 955i have a lot in common. In fact, the Triple is not much more than a Daytona minus its fairing and a few distinctive details added. The engine is exactly the same, a fuel injected 955cc triple with 12 valves and two overhead camshafts.
IGM Says: This is Triumph’s naked bike. Its riding position is too extreme to call it a standard, but it will probably make a better all-around bike than the Daytona. Unlike other models in Triumph’s lineup, both the Daytona and the Speed Triple use the latest generation of engines.
UMG (Speed Triple T509) Says: Leaner looking chassis managed to knock all of ten pounds off the stock Trident’s mass. A mere five gears is indicative of the width of the power band and excess of torque (they could have got away with four gears…). Mean looks and blistering performance up to the ton make it hard to beat on the street, although ultimately there’s still a lot of mass to lose. A real nostalgia trip for those whose memories stretch back to sixties cafe racers but also very practical.