▲ 1994 Speed Triple T300/309 series bikes.
Plenty of these around still at low prices and giving
great service. Solid engineering. Very tough engine.
Find a good one, cherish it, garage it, and cash in when you retire. First-of-type bikes almost always carry a premium. This is one to watch. Numbers are falling.
▲ 1999 Speed Triple T595. Third generation. Consolidating its position with a 955cc engine. Bit by bit, this bike was nudging aside contenders and increasing its grip on its sector. No great leap forward, however. Triumph was playing a long, cautious game.
▲ 2011 Speed Triple. Fifth generation, and the 500,000th Triumph built by Hinckley. Some milestone, huh. Engine shifted forward slightly and angled down a little. New chassis including swinging arm. Battery moved behind headstock. Slightly lower and narrower seat. New bug-eyed headlamps. Triumph claims another 5hp and a wider torque spread around the mid range. Over 60,000 built so far.
▲ 1997 Speed Triple T509. Second generation and beginning to come out of its shell. Aluminium perimeter frame. Louder colours. First showing of the bug-eye headlamps. Up-rated forks. Looking very cool now.
Carburettors are dead. Fuel injection is the norm.
▲ 2005 Speed Triple. Fourth generation (in Scorched Yellow). New 1050cc engine. Most power (130PS @ 9,100rpm). More torque (105Nm @ 5,100rpm). New inverted forks and tweaks all around. As with all Speed Triples, plenty of accessories and options. But even the basic model rings the right notes. Still a very good value bike. Lots around.