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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)

  • '04 SE model

    Frampy

    Norwich

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I was looking for a 'different' bike and saw this '04 black 955i with a union flag on the front. Got s/h for just under £5k in June '05 it had 2500 miles on it, with Triumph carbon low rise race can, hugger, carbon infills, black wheels and black frame, carbon tank protector, seat hump and high screen, all triumph accessories. It now has 31,000 miles and I never want to sell it. I have to get the suspension set up right with the best tyre pressures or it can under steer through corners to much and want to stand if the brakes are applied. Am going to try 185 on rear instead of the 190 to see if this helps the cornering. It sounds great when you ring its ear especially when you get the exit of a corner right. I love just carving through B roads in 4th and 5th gear just so easy.

    09 January 2008

  • 3 years on

    Sean Bigger

    RAFINA, GREECE , GR

    Average rating rating is 4

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    After owning this bike for 3 years I have not been dissappointed. I was after something new and decided that the Triupmh was the best option for me. I haven't had any serious issues with it except for a slight fuel stuttering at 3.5K rpm, but this hasn't been a cause for concern, just slightly annoying is all. Fuel consumption is very good at 45-50 mpg. I've kept the bike as stock except for a double bubble screen, which I found improved things on the motorways I unfortunately have to use to get to any decent biking roads. The suspension seems to work very well, even on the poor Greek roads, and touring 2 up for a week was no problem comfort wise for me, my girlfriend or the bike. The lights are terrible, especially when taking left hand bends as the road just dissappears. If I did more night rding I would have to consider adjusting / upgrading somehow. The mirrors work OK if you spend a bit of time to adjust them to how you want. Overall I am very satisfied with the bike. I don't do a huge mileage, about 6K a year, and this bike gives me the stress relief and fun that I need.

    28 June 2007

  • real world bike

    sportsboyuk

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    after R1 front end poor GSXR MAD good at the track and ZX10R just to nervous i went for a new TRIUMPH 955I 2007 AND ITS GREAT, Fast for real world,Very stable,ACE brakes,induction soound is awsome just makes you smile thank you Triumph for making a great bike something different REAL WORLD BIKE I LOVE IT

    03 June 2007

  • Black Beauty

    Meaty66

    BIRMINGHAM

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Having ridden (and thoroughly enjoyed) a '98 GSX-R750 for three and a half years and 30k miles, I was ready for a change. I was looking for an SV1000 but found the '05 Triumph by accident and fell in love there and then. The chunky looking forks and SSSA did it for me, with the physical presence and jet black paint being the clincher. £5800 for a new one with an excellent trade-in price couldn’t be sniffed at. I bought it without even trying one out but was not disappointed at all. The engine is grunty and plenty quick enough for the road whilst the brakes seem better than the Suzuki's six-pots ever were. The contrast between the two bikes was an eye opener as the Triumph is so much easier to ride 'progressively'. Just stick it in a gear and get on with it. I still can’t decide which is the quicker as they deliver in different ways. For me the pro’s are: torque, physical size, range, cost and looks Con’s are: Discontinued model, expensive servicing and old technology

    29 March 2007

  • Bought brand new (not pre reg) for £5500. Bargain of the century

    gareth2967

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Had w reg vfr800 before which I loved. Toured Norway on it in the Summer and was going to keep it. Saw Daytona at local dealer in Leeds and just had to change. Total bargain (these things were over eight grand a few years ago). First 1000 miles were a bit of pain running it in but well worth it. Now 8 weeks old with nearly 1500 miles on clock and engine gets sweater each time out. Found it a bit uncomfortable at first after been used to vfr for last 6 years but am now use to it and have no aches and pains. Dont know when new model comes out but I suggest you buy one of these at "giveaway" prices as it will probably be over £8000 and be more track oreintated. just a superb British bike was totally "Honda" prior to this but have fallen in love with the sweat sounding triple engine. Strengths: Price. engine. handling. good looks and price again !! Weaknesses: Gets hot in traffic (they all do this apparently). Poor dealer pdi but thats not the bikes fault !

    01 October 2006

  • Bought one year old, after 20 years of Honda ownership

    robsoa

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Loads of character, great engine, performance wise and sound track with aftermarket can. Great fun powering out of corners. British bike for British roads. Confidence inspiring but never scary (well sometimes). Relatively easy to work on. Strengths: Engine. Stability. Weaknesses: Poor finish of some of the fastenings.

    24 September 2006

  • Bought new for £5799 OTR. Unbelievable value for such a thing of beauty.

    hpyraptor

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I think I bagged the bargain of the year. These end of line bikes have all the good bits as standard - carbon fibre, seat cover etc. It has simple graphics and is reasonably comfortable. It is a hybrid though - mine has black wheels from Jet Black Special edition 05 and Racing Yellow bodywork (05 Spec) but has the 06 motor identified by gearbox linkage. Could be a bitsa but I don't care coz the bits are great!! Strengths: Sheer presence. Its a big bike by modern standards which suits me as I'm 6ft and 100kg. Other bikes look like toys under me! Relatively rare and utterly beautiful. Real power delivered well with no vices. Weaknesses: Needs the hi level carbon exhaust to complete the look and its expensive - £399. Screen is too low to be effective but does look great! Not enough low down torque (after having a V Raptor last).

    08 September 2006

  • Good ENGLISH superbike, not the quickest in the world but still fast enough

    gold8368

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Bought mine in 05 for £7500 then just 6 mths later could of had it for £6000 or less, well worth the new price tag, loads of grins, lots of fun and quick enough to lose your licence on. Strengths: Cost (now), made in england (for now), reliability. Weaknesses: Performance, comfort, after sales service.

    22 August 2006

  • Paid £5400

    jocasaja

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Love the looks and sound of this bike-black is the only colour that looks good. Previous owner only had for 3 months and fitted high level race can, alarm, hugger, carbon in-fills and mini-indicators. The sound it makes is pure pleasure, and very unique. Handling is steady rather than quick. Strengths: Looks - in black with high level can - and the sound. Weaknesses: Standard screen gives me a bit of buffeting on motorways.

    18 August 2006

  • Bought Second hand to replace my faithful BMW

    alfiehall

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    I was sold on the reliability, good reviews and "Made in England". A bit lardy (the bike not me) it has the class missing from other makes but goes like a train. Perferctly ridable all year round (as I do - not many sports bikes out in February). Strengths: Usuable power, safe handling and robust finish (not great to begin with) but doesnt fade or wear easily. Great bike when its not broken down. Weaknesses: Reliability and spares backup. In 18 months oil filter split, electrics packed in and the oil cooler split (2 weeks to get a new one).

    14 July 2006

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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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v1nn1esays

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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jackojonessays

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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