Triumph Speed Triple 955 (1999 - 2005)

Straight away the Speed Triple’s riding position feels right and the lack of fuss infront of you leaves you to focus on the road ahead.
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£7940
Available from
1999 to 2005
Solid engine, throaty exhaust, easy handling
Feels quite cumbersome by today's standards, can develop speed wobbles
Triumph's softly tuned naked roadster is more about cruising than out and out road-attack

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Overall Review

Having now owned the for over a month I am really starting to love it as the quality shines through. It handles well, the brakes are strong with plenty of feel, the engine is smooth and strong and I've lowered the gearing to give it a bit more wallop. It burns no oil and it sounds and looks lovely - in its deep tornado red paint it garners approving comments from non-biking friends and family. Overall longterm ownership is proving more rewarding than the first quick spin which may be what triumph intended when they built it.

Strengths

I felt right at home on the speedie when I picked it up. The previous owner had set the suspension up nicely and as a fan of big naked bikes it was a familiar riding position, made comfier by what appears to be a gel-filled seat. Immediately you notice the smooth torquey delivery of the strong triple engine and as my new purchase came complete with a high level carbon can, the noise became addictive. Having said that the smooth engine makes for a relaxing ride.

Weaknesses

In the first week of ownership I was a bit disappointed with the relative lack of punch that the triple delivered in the mid range. Compared to my previous bikes, a '97 1200 Bandit and a 2003 Tuono, the S3 is less inclined to hoike the front in second gear without severe provocation or a helpful crest in the road. In comparison the triumph feels a bit 'nice' and 'safe'. The gearbox is the worst of the three to boot (literally).

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Submitted by captain sparkle on Tue, 27/11/2012 - 17:15

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Would have another now, unless i wanted to thrash it on the track.

Strengths

Torque, noise, not too uncomfortable for 6' 2" fat bloke. Looks mighty fine too!

Weaknesses

Blew 2 crankshaft oil seals on trackdays, then sprays oil over back wheel. Has happened to a few, according to various fora i have read.

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Submitted by philip hoare on Fri, 08/03/2013 - 19:06

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Wanted to be patrotic and fly the flag.Not as reliable as in my opinion bikes from the land of the rising sun.

Strengths

Looks great and wanted one for my 60th birthday.Mine was Roulete green but really troubesome and cost a lot of money for a fuel pump and 12000 service I didnt have it long and put me off Triumphs.

Weaknesses

expensive

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Submitted by Luke Bowler on Wed, 20/11/2013 - 12:04

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One of those machines that does almost everything well and is really hard to dislike. Build quality is up there with the best and you can pick up a solid example for £2k.

Strengths

The riding position, the looks, the noise and the feel. All these things make the bike so easy to get along with. The S3 955 has such a tractable nature, the combination of the balanced engine and sweet handling make it extremely easy to stroke along at a fast pace. Of all the bikes i've ridden, this 13 year old naked has had the most responsive and predictable chassis of the lot. And to me, predictable is fun, it means you can exploit everything great that the S3 has to give. Add in a single sided swingarm, retro lights and a sweet exhaust note and you'll see Triumph hit the nail on the head.

Weaknesses

If anything let the bike down it was the gearbox, Neutral was harder to find than an honest politician and most changes felt notchy. The speed triple has always been known as a hooligan's bike, as such I was slightly disappointed to find that the front tyre wouldn't come up in second.

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