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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)

  • Bought my Daytona as a pre registered bike, great value> Fantastic Bike!!

    silvester2

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I bought my Daytona a few weeks ago and have been grinning ever since> its was a steal at the Price the dealers were selling it for, I traded in my Honda firestorm and to be honset its a much better bike. Strengths: Torque, and road holding, its the thinkng mans sportsbike and I think better than the track biast Hondas and Suzukis. Weaknesses: Nothing yet.

    10 July 2006

  • I have owned the bike for about 6 months now

    MarkShelley

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I bought a T595 because I wanted something sporty, but not quite as focused as some of the Japanese offerings. After going for my first long ride I wondered if I had done the right thing as my wrists were aching badly after about 50 miles. I searched t595.net for possible remedies and had resigned myself to forking out over £200 on a set of risers when I found a thread which suggested swapping the clip-on clamps over. This is a simple mod which makes the bars almost flat. To say it has transformed my enjoyment of the bike is a massive understatement!! I would say the comfort is now on a par with my VFR750 and it is easier to muscle the bike around. My bike came with the factory race can and nothing sounds as good (except maybe that TSSH noise when a can of cold lager is opened) The look of the bike has stood the test of time much better than its 1997 contemporaries and I think it will become a classic as it was a milestone model in the success of the Hinckley factory. Strengths: Sound, Looks, Build, Quality and its British. Weaknesses: Rear brake is weak and the Stock clip ons uncomfortably low (see above).

    10 May 2006

  • Love at first sight & sound

    spuff

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Bought a 2000 955i in silver with all the Triumph carbon & a hi level race can, never owned a British bike before but this was love. Its slightly on the heavy side but this is a small niggle, the bike is so well engineered that you have total confidence in anything you do. The whole package oozes class & you ride with a smile knowing you stand out (looks & sound) from the crowd. Strengths: Styling,ENGINE,British. Grin Factor of 200%. Weaknesses: Being picky really, tad heavy, the seat (but it is a sports bike) not the easiest clocks to read.

    06 April 2006

  • Love it why? Because its British and so am I

    walter ego

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Felt like I jumped in at the deep end when I bought this after relearning the ropes on a 600 bandit, but it really wasnt a problem, smooth linear power. If you are a fast rider (I arent!!) even I can tell it will please, but if you want to swan, then it will do that too had a year now, 5500 miles without a hiccup, beautiful yellow beast!! buy one. Strengths: Robust, top handling, timeless elegant curves, sweet motor, good range and mpg , best of all it makes you proud of buying something british that deserves to be bought and cherished.  Weaknesses: To me just minor things.... an ugly plastic chain guard, no centre stand.

    11 March 2006

  • A quality bike, expensive but worth it, next to nothing has been replaced in 4 years, sounds superb

    swlven

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Fitted gel seats and aftermarket pipe, remapped it and cant fault it, 1200 miles in 2 days no problem even when going nearly flat out for 100 miles at a time, pretty good on fuel, pillion doesn't complain even after 400 miles in a day,well built, nothing has broken/ fallen off in 17000 miles, just love it. Strengths: The Engine, The exhaust note esp at hi revs with aftermarket pipe, the handling, serious long distance tool. Weaknesses: Standard seating, rear shock spring too hard, not enough damping control.

    27 October 2005

  • Fantastic real world sports bike and fantastic value @ just £7499... Buy British while you still can

    hobbithood

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I own 2 of the 2004 all black special edition Daytona 955i's and they are just brilliant. Going to swap one for a new 2005 speed triple (but thats another story - awesome!!!) I have owned all sort of sports bikes (R1, Gixer 1000 etc...) but when it comes to all round ability i.e handling, power, image, sound and comfort then in my view this is the bike to have. You are never left feeling disappointed. There are faster lighter bikes for sure but what a sense of satisfaction when you pass them when ridden by less experienced riders and if you don't then there is no shame because they are expected to be quicker!!! The best thing about the bike really is that it is unique, stands out from the crowd and sounds better than pretty much anything on the road. Handling is sure footed but not perfect. A slight weave from that gorgeous but heavy single sided swingarm but it's only noticeable on fast turns @ over 110mph and maybe due to me being light <11 stones. So go on u know u want to.  Strengths: Sound, unique styling, looks wicked in all black, smooth but exciting motor, comfort above 50mph. Weaknesses: A little bit too heavy. Needs new 1050 motor!!!

    02 April 2005

  • Great all rounder, I commute and do regular rides through Europe - no problem

    Rock29

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    My first litre bike, had an R6 before, wouldn't go back. Great bike with a fantastic sound, handling confidence inspiring. Have no problem riding through to Switzerland / Austria for alpine pass fun in 8 hrs non-stop dash, though the seat sucks. Strengths: Great engine, styling that won't be dated next season - flames on overrun a bonus :). Weaknesses: The seat is torture after 6 hrs, put in a gel seat, better...marginally. My dealer's service pretty poor - avoid. I hear Carl Rosner are recommended for South London, will try them from now on.

    11 January 2005

  • Excellent bike, its yellow with big union jack on the front, goes like stink and is not Japanese

    bolerm

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Bought the bike 4 months ago after 3 years with a Fazer. What a difference! First weekend went on a tour of France, Belgium and Holland with it. Did 1500 miles in 3 days. Nothing went wrong, nothing fell off, was reasonably comfortable, even with a Torquay - Dover - Charlerio trip in one day in the pouring rain it didn't miss a beat. And every one loved it -even the French! Brilliant bike. Strengths: Engine, Engine and Engine!! Weaknesses: Can get hot in traffic and does make your wrists ache after 3 or four hours riding.

    30 October 2004

  • Must have been a wrong 'un?

    NeilBullock

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Just read the review from 2003 with the litany of faults. Dunno if mine warrants a "high mileage" tag at 23K, but my experiences couldn't be more different. At 3,000 miles my chain snapped. Replaced without a quibble at Triumph's expense. Dead electrics at 3.00 am in deepest Tuscany. RAC shipped the bike to Numero Tre 200 miles away and again, Triumph footed the bill. And that, dear reader, has been the sum total of problems in a 3 year and 23K mile relationship. Reliability? no problems really. (Better than many Jap bikes I've owned...). Strengths: Engine - performance and noise! Weaknesses: OE Seat. Oh the agony after 200 mile stints.

    12 June 2004

  • Unique, rewarding, stunning with a noise to beat the sirens at their own game....

    jmrharwood

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I bought this in July last year having owned a TT600 before that. I saw it in the showroom, gleaming in it's red coat and wanted it...wanted it badly. So what is it like? Well it is not a Japanese litre eater, but that wasn't really what appealed to me. The tubular frame, the single sided swing arm, and the truly British quality of looking distinctive. And the ride? Well the TT600 had a fantastic chassis (and the engine on mine was well sorted), but the instant I got onto the Daytona, I felt comfortable and confident, initial euphoria only marred slightly by the rigid running in proceedure. Once I had passed the magic 1000 miles, I finally opened it up...and WOW! Strong pull in all gears with a smooth power delivery, and no sign of any electronic ignition glitches. Heavier to flick than the TT, but satisfying nonetheless. Total ease and confidence on cornering, and quite able to pull away from lighter and more responsive 600's. Add a race can and I am more than well pleased!!! Strengths: Looks, individuality, performance, sound and total fullfillment! Weaknesses: Poor headlights! Brakes get spongy quickly and need bleeding regularly.

    03 June 2004

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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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