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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
£1,970 (1999) - £4,030 (2006)
Private used prices
£1,790 (1999) - £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)

  • My Review

    Shezbo

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Just fantasic! Great bike with excellent build quailty far better than Honda! This bike is vastly underated and is quick enough for most people. Whenever it's parked get lots of people asking questions and it sounds superb! When you go to a bike meet there are not hundreds of others like R1 GIXERS etc and it British-go for it!

    03 December 2002

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    dodgyhaircut

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Couldn't get on with odd handling to start with, but now prefer it to previous bikes. Had few initial problems which were quickly sorted. BT010s and suspension setup made a big difference. Fastest bike I've owned, rock solid when leant over to the peg, loads of torque. Vibration spot between 6-7k, clocks are very dated. Gets hot between the legs after half an hour or so. Occasionally feels heavy and reluctant when late breaking. Never taken on a track.

    25 September 2002

  • My Review

    Malvandyke

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    To my mind the 955i is the best looking and most usable supersport bike on the market. The engine is excellent and sounds superb. The brakes and handling are spot on. The riding position is aggressive without being 916 uncomfortable.

    08 January 2002

  • My Review

    neilferguson

    Average rating rating is 2.5

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    Likes - front brakes really good, fairly grunty engine, beautiful looks, awesome wheels, good grip from tyres, excellent ground clearance. Don't likes - least confidence inspiring front-end handling since 1970's bike (anything other than really firm suspension settings just doesn't work), finish on paintwork is thin (ditto for many metallic parts), incredibley uncomfortable (GSXR 750 is an armchair by comparison). Also runs rough from cold, clutch span is for orang-utans and gearchange reminds me of a tractor, many vibes from handlebars. Conclusion - looks like a sports bike, drives like a really uncomfortable tourer and spontaneously corrodes faster than you'd believe (have informed Triumph - no reponse yet!).

    09 May 2001

  • My Review

    markshoebridge

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Well impressed with the bike so far having ridden a few bikes in my time.

    28 February 2001

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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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