the T3 series, Triumph decided, with the help of Lotus to design
a new bike in order to tackle the Ducati 916 and the Honda Fireblade,
2 references in the sportsbike world.
The choice was made to design a sportsbike which had to keep the
Triumph's identity, and a "roadster", typical type of
bike where torque is the first asset.
Both bikes had to be attractive with good handling and with a torquey
engine, to take on the Japanese manufacturers success.
Triumph asked a high level of engineering from its manufacturers
in order to get the best possible end product...
The first T595 Daytona appeared in 1997, and quickly some glitches
were there to scare off potential buyers. (Various recalls).
However, thanks to a loyal customer attitude and to a usually quick
responsiveness to cure problems (Triumph is not a big company),
the factory in Hinckley (UK) managed
to produce reliable bikes. YES TRIUMPHS ARE NOW RELIABLE.
If you want to ride a non-standard looking bike, and live a non-standard
experience (noise etc...) give the T5 (Speed Triple/955i/T595) a
you will not regret it...
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