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MCN overall verdict rating is 3

The Triumph Daytona 955i is an extremely rapid, sweet handling superbike. Unfortunately it was about four years too late in a fiercely competitive class. The R1, GSX-R1000 and FireBlade are lighter and faster. The Triumph Daytona 955i’s saving grace is its character from its gruff three-cylinder engine, distinctive understated looks and the fact few riders can use anything like all the performance any of these motorcycles offer.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Love the Triumph Daytona 955i's syncopated rumble at tickover – and there’s no shortage of low down drive. As it builds more power comes rushing and rushing until almost too soon it’s time to change up a gear. The Triumph Daytona's triple can never match the Japanese fours for top end power but it aces them on personality and sound. It's motorcycling aural poetry with a race can.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Ride the Triumph Daytona 955i on the road and you’ll be hard pushed to fault it. Likewise on a race track. But try it back to back with the lighter, more powerful Japanese competition and the Triumph Daytona 955i feels slightly crude by comparison. Still a thrilling, rapid motorcycle and plenty stable enough for uneven uk roads. Brakes superb if in good condition.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

With the Triumph Daytona 955i there are few luxuries but that’s par for the course. Comfort’s not bad – much better than some of the more extreme motorcycles like Honda’s CBR1000RR and the early ZX-10R. You can tour quite well one-up on the Triumph Daytona 955i too. The headlights are ace, mirrors are pants. Loads of official extras include alarm, luggage rack, grab rail and a high-level silencer.

Triumph Daytona 955i (1997-2006)

Detail Value
New price £7,499
Dealer used prices
£2,390 (2000) - £4,050 (2006)
Private used prices
£2,150 (2000) - £3,120 (2006)
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Engine size 955 cc
Power 147 bhp
Top speed 165 mph
Insurance group 15 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 3.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 5 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Problems with the Triumph Daytona T595 and early T955s had been ironed out by the time the Daytona 955i  was released. Triumph finish seems to be more durable than on Japanese motorcycles although when the crinkly black surfaces start to go, they deteriorate fast. Owners tend to be more mature than other big sports motorcycles too which is a plus.

Value

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

At the end of its life the Triumph Daytona 955i had a bargain new price. Used motorcycles hold their money pretty well but it’s often justified by excellent condition. The Triumph Daytona 955i is an insurance group lower than almost every other motorcycle in the class (two lower than some) which can make a huge difference. Triumph’s own insurance scheme can be reasonable too – reason alone to buy one if you’re deemed a high-risk. Find a Triumph Daytona 955i for sale

Insurance

Insurance group: 15 of 17

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Model History

1997: Triumph Daytona T595 launched.
1998: Uprated camshafts.
1999: Replaced by Triumph Daytona 955i.
2001: Major update from previous 955i.
2004: Headlights, fairing, tail section and clocks re-styled.
2006: Single sided swing arm, minor engine mods and smoother gear change. Model discontinued at end of year.

Other Versions

Triumph Daytona 955i Centennial: 2001-2003. Single sided swing arm, green only, special badges.
Triumph Daytona 955i Special Edition: 2003-2004. All black paintwork, frame and wheels.

Specifications

Top speed 165 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.9 secs
Max power 147 bhp
Max torque 74 ft-lb
Weight 191 kg
Seat height 815 mm
Fuel capacity 20 litres
Average fuel consumption 42 mpg
Tank range 185 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 15 of 17
Engine size 955 cc
Engine specification 12v in-line three, 6 gears
Frame Tubular alloy perimeter
Front suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, compression
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, compression
Front brakes Twin 320mm discs
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 190/50 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(45 reviews)

  • few more miles

    sportsboyuk

    Average rating rating is 5

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    handling on road hard to fault good on feul. reliable.different from a jap bike, fly the british flag not much left now. im getting 48.9 mpg and off to south of france soon only thing is tyres think better rubber needed to push hard, this bike is about fun

    14 July 2009

  • what a bike awsome when you know how

    sportsboyuk

    Average rating rating is 5

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    simple shit hot bike only thing now is please triumph make a 1075 light weight like the 675 hehehe and make a 1400 tourer with a shaft light weight and your there stunning

    13 July 2009

  • such a lush sound reason enough to ride

    sportsboyuk

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    well she goes for hes first service 20th june 2009 550 miles lovely bike for UK crap roads handles well goes well nice gear box and with the triumph race can fitted one of the best sounds this side of a Duke! if not better than. really love this bike its my second one and this is the last brand new one around roll on sunshie and dry roads thank you triumph for making this bike nwo build a light weight race version and a new tourer too

    10 June 2009

  • Real world sports tourer

    Martin Killips

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Me and 'She Who Must Be Obeyed' caught the ferry from Sydney to Tasmania a few Christmases ago and toured the island for over two weeks. We camped for most of the holiday and the Daytona never missed a beat. We were two up and loaded with saddlebags, tank bag and even carrying rucksacks...the bike lapped it up and was reasonably comfortable. The only mishap was running into a swarm of bees over the brow of a hill - but I could hardly blame the bike for that!

    31 May 2009

  • Real world sports tourer

    Martin Killips

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Me and 'She Who Must Be Obeyed' caught the ferry from Sydney to Tasmania a few Christmases ago and toured the island for over two weeks. We camped for most of the holiday and the Daytona never missed a beat. We were two up and loaded with saddlebags, tank bag and even carrying rucksacks...the bike lapped it up and was reasonably comfortable. The only mishap was running into a swarm of bees over the brow of a hill - but I could hardly blame the bike for that!

    31 May 2009

  • shes back

    sportsboyuk

    Average rating rating is 5

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    having bought a new one in 07 i then sold her after a few thousand miles and since have regreted it. what a fantasic real world bike i now am selling my braand new Honda cb1300as 4 weeks old for the last new 955i. I will run her in to 600 miles and then to a thou then let her sing. I caint wait to pick her up and enjoy that sweet handling and soundgod if i keep going ill have to go knock one out lol. Triumph 955i I love you

    18 May 2009

  • 2000 955i

    steve.g

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    fitted it with a trident / wolf high level carbon can now, and its actually more fun going up and down town high streets, rolling on and off the throttle than thrashing the zx7r!! and its pretty quick when i want it to be....keeps me smiling like noother bike has before!!

    14 December 2008

  • 2000 955i

    steve.g

    Average rating rating is 4

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    after my 97 zx7r, this is fun. bought it without even hearing it, or riding it. when you want something, its worth a risk. gave my zx7 away bit too cheap as p.x, but riding the 955 home, i knew i made correct decision. it feels loads lighter, sounds superb even with standard can, high level race can next! parking at the shops, people admire it. love the later 955i graphics...when i was sat on it two young uns were discussing if it was a ducati, or , erm , ferrari bike! well its 8 yr old, the t595 shape, and ride mag voted it the coolest bike to ride a yr or two ago. makes my old green white purple zx7 seem bit naff. dont think i will ever sell it, just join it with a 749s ducati sometime. these bikes are both ace!

    21 October 2008

  • Superb

    Albrimer

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Bought this as a pre-reg bargain 2 years ago to have something different from the Fazer I had. Best move I ever made! Looks great, sounds fantastic and has plenty of scary performance for real world use. Have also had it on a track day and saw off the youngsters on Milles and Blades. Bragging rights on speed and agility is one thing, being able to ride to the same level is another!

    04 June 2008

  • Mega Bike

    Dib 280895

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I've been riding bikes for over 25 years,All makes,Jap & Italian,This bike still makes you laugh out loud and guarantees a massive grin factor that other bikes cant do,Great for touring,playing or just enjoying the scenery,Stonking engine sounds great through race can,Wouldn't swap it for anything else !

    08 April 2008

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reddog75

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beast of a bike

Great bike, sounds brill with high level can, the roar of the engine is addictive, I have an 04 in red, am amazed at the looks and comments from car drivers and bikers,i always get  nice bike mate from car drivers at the traffic lights, it doesn't matter what bike you ride, if it makes you happy and brings a smile to your face then that's good enough for me , and the Daytona 955i does for me.

04 September 2013 21:35

reddog75

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I have 04,955i daytona with high level can, loverly sound, nice red one.,always gets looks and comments,loved it until I rode the new 675 2013 Daytona,with the quick shifter, will be getting one asap,

28 July 2013 00:12

Dixie2

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Daytona 955

I'm considering buying a 98 T595 Daytona (955) which has been converted to Speed Triple trim. Anyone know the bhp of that bike? I know in '99 the bike was replaced by the 955 but what differences were there between the '98 and '99 bikes?
Many thanks
Richard

05 August 2009 11:59

v1nn1e

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1998 955i

I bought mine new from Hughenden M40 and guess what? Its ten years old this month!

So I'm celebrating by buying another Triumph - going for contrast and getting a Scrambler :biggrin:

07 January 2009 11:33

jackojones

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Nice bike mate!

I agree mate with your post. Great bike, great sound and goes like stink!... heres a pic of mine! :biggrin:

21 November 2008 12:54

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