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Old 07-04-2013, 12:08 AM   #1
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Who knows about older triumph triples

I've got an idea in mind for my next bike build and I want to base it on a three cylinder sport bike. I'd love to use a speed triple or 675 but unless I can find the right wrecked one they will be too expensive. I think the better option will be one of their older bikes but I don't know enough to even start researching models.

Anyone here know enough to give me a quick run down of their recent sporty triples before the speed and daytona?
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Old 07-04-2013, 01:51 AM   #2
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How old are we talking here. I can tell you any of the 98+ triples are solid bikes. I think the 98 had an issue with the sprag clutch gear. But they sorted that in 99. I had an 02 daytona with almost 40k when I sold it. Only thing I did was replace the regulator. Triumphrat.net. will have a ton of info for you.
What exactly are you going to do with it.
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My dad has an 885cc triple in his 04 Thunderbird Sport. Its a sweet engine for sure, but would be even better had it had fuel injection. Riding his bike is what made me want a Daytona because of the sound.
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Here's a possible candidate. I've owned a Steamer Tiger Triple and a Speed Triple (now Scoutguys). Scoutguy knows more about Triumphs than your average bear.

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Not very old. What year did they go to fuel injection? I'd love to avoid carbs if possible.

I'm looking to do a custom build using one a starting point. I've done some custom work on various bikes, but never what I would call a proper "custom" bike. I'm not into choppers or anything like that so I want to start with some sporty and performance oriented.

Other than that you'll have to wait for me to start a thread. I've got some things in mind but I'm going to keep them under wraps until I start work
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Did a little craigslist searching... there's some good prices to be had on the late 90's bikes. More cc's than I was thinking as well which is good for power, bad for weight. The more I think about it the more I want a daytona 675. I have to weigh a low investment for the bike against the cost and hassle of all the work I would have to do to modernize the suspension.
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Get an early 00's Triple...those are good.
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Did a little craigslist searching... there's some good prices to be had on the late 90's bikes. More cc's than I was thinking as well which is good for power, bad for weight. The more I think about it the more I want a daytona 675. I have to weigh a low investment for the bike against the cost and hassle of all the work I would have to do to modernize the suspension.
when your done with this project can we all line up and demo it i'm fully covered
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back in the 70's some of the big four made triples.

could be a good platform to start with albeit in the 500-750cc range:

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back in the 70's some of the big four made triples.

could be a good platform to start with albeit in the 500-750cc range:

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Considered them but decided against for a few reasons. They're currently all the rage for cafe style builds or flat restorations so the bang for the buck is particularly low. Also, whatever I build I want to be of modern performance both suspension and power and unless I want to do a ton of work, that means starting with a relatively recent bike.
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if you go Daytona the there is a single sided swing arm and a regular. I know 02 had the double, unless its the centennial edition, then its single sided. The suspension is pretty good (traditional forks not USD). The brakes are notoriously spongy. I just had to bleed the brakes every once in a while to get the firmness back. You can do a gsxr front end swap, but I think that's more work than you want. The Daytona and the S3 are essentially the same. I know the Daytona has different cams. The rest of the differences are slight if any. Im sure Ive missed something, but its been a while since I had mine.
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Not very old. What year did they go to fuel injection? I'd love to avoid carbs if possible.
I'm looking to do a custom build using one a starting point. I've done some custom work on various bikes, but never what I would call a proper "custom" bike. I'm not into choppers or anything like that so I want to start with some sporty and performance oriented.

Other than that you'll have to wait for me to start a thread. I've got some things in mind but I'm going to keep them under wraps until I start work
Went to fuel injection in 98. My 99 Speedy has been remapped using tune ecu and it really made a big difference. Get a speedy or a sprint, 99-04, reasonably inexpensive and the motors are way overbuilt.

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Street triple might be a good place to start since its already naked and what I have in mind would be ditching some of the fairings, but it also kind of feels like "cheating" since its a lot closer to what I want to end up with. The Daytona would force me to do some of the more extreme ideas I have where I would be tempted to "leave be" on the S3 because it already works well in stock form.

I have to admit I love the look of the single sided swingarm on the sprint, maybe that's the way I will go.

Thanks for all the info everyone!
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Street triple might be a good place to start since its already naked and what I have in mind would be ditching some of the fairings, but it also kind of feels like "cheating" since its a lot closer to what I want to end up with. The Daytona would force me to do some of the more extreme ideas I have where I would be tempted to "leave be" on the S3 because it already works well in stock form.

I have to admit I love the look of the single sided swingarm on the sprint, maybe that's the way I will go.

Thanks for all the info everyone!
Probably not an ideal candidate, but cheap I would imagine.

http://austin.craigslist.org/mcy/3917849737.html
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Probably not an ideal candidate, but cheap I would imagine.

http://austin.craigslist.org/mcy/3917849737.html
... if I had ANY money right now I'd make an offer on that. Its probably good I don't though. I'd really prefer to buy something that runs perfectly but is wrecked or otherwise damaged cosmetically since that's what I'll be tearing into. Its always hit or miss buying non-runners since they usually have unexpected issues.
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