• combining voluptuous curves with a Spondon-like aluminium frame
• single-sided swingarm and three-spoke alloy wheels
• covered only some 500 miles in the last nine years
• enthusiast owner, surplus to requirements
Triumph's first attempt at a cutting edge superbike, the T595 Daytona arrived at the start of 1997 and was an immediate success, despite being pitched against Honda's FireBlade and Ducati's 916. In a nod to the old Triumph company's heritage and drawing on the Hinckley firm's more recent experience, the new Daytona was a triple. Displacing 955cc, the fuel-injected 12-valve engine produced around 105-110bhp at the rear wheel, matching the FireBlade while having a character all of its own. The Daytona's looks were something special too, combining voluptuous curves with a Spondon-like aluminium frame, single-sided swingarm, and three-spoke alloy wheels. Top speed was around 160mph.
The enthusiast owner writes: 'This T595 was purchased in 2007 as it was felt that the pillion passenger might prefer a machine larger than our Yamaha FZS600 Fazer; she didn't, thus rendering the Triumph surplus to requirements almost immediately. Indeed, 'R860 WHJ' has covered only some 500 miles in the last nine years. Nevertheless, it has benefited from numerous improvements, including a heavy-duty gel battery, a much lighter stainless silencer, a Power Commander (to restore correct fuelling), a 17T gearbox sprocket (18T standard), and a new gear change linkage with larger spherical joints. It has also been modified with a 'comfort kit' comprising a new front fork top yoke and Renthal handlebar, which results in a more upright riding position and less weight - and strain - on the rider's wrists. Parts renewed include the front brake pads and rear brake disc, and the machine has also had the valve clearances adjusted. A Datatool alarm/immobiliser had already been fitted.
'In May 2015, the Daytona was despatched to Triumph main dealer Webbs of Lincoln to have an electrical fault fixed (bill on file); new Dunlop Roadsmart II tyres were fitted and the machine MoT'd at the same time (the 'advisory' has been rectified). It was then ridden the 30 miles home but has not been used since apart from a trip to get this year's MoT, though the engine has been started and run up to temperature. Hearing the aggressive growl of the Triumph's brilliant three-cylinder engine makes me think I must be mad to sell it - anyone who thinks modern bikes lack character should ride one of these!'
Accompanying documentation consists of the stamped service booklet, sundry invoices, expired MoTs, SORN paperwork, current MoT, and V5C Registration Certificates. All removed stock parts: silencer (un-scratched), top yoke, clip-on 'bars, etc are included in the sale, and the machine also comes with two new (pattern) front brake discs, two Datatool fobs, an owner's handbook, and a Haynes workshop manual.