TRIUMPH TT600 (2000-2003) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

"Shame about the glitches. Later Triumph TT600s are better but the handling and brakes have never been in doubt"

Triumph TT600 motorcycle review - Riding

"Shame about the glitches. Later Triumph TT600s are better but the handling and brakes have never been in doubt"

  • At a glance
  • 599cc  -  108 bhp
  • 32 mpg  -  130 miles range
  • Medium seat height (810mm)

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

Triumph wowed us all when they beat all the Japanese manufacturers to putting a fuel injected engine in to a 600cc sportsbike. Shame about the glitches. Later Triumph TT600s are better but the handling and brakes have never been in doubt: they’re awe-inspiring. Dodgy looks but a true Brit.

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5

The Triumph TT600's handling is exemplary, aided by a new chassis and excellent suspension. Lively but stable, the Triumph TT600 is light and quick steering. Surprisingly comfortable but lightly cramped on the legs for taller riders. The brakes are faultless, the gearbox smooth and positive and that induction howl is divine…

Engine 4 out of 5

Pre-2001 Triumph TT600 models suffered a marked lack of power low down and too much throttle hesitancy. After tweaks, there was considerable improvement but, alas, the Triumph TT600 already had “a reputation” by then. Higher up, things are different, with plenty of usable welly. You have to rev it hard to keep on it but it’s good fun trying.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

With Nissin calipers, Sagem fuel injection system and Kayaba suspension, some very decent parts  went in to the making of the Triumph TT600. Finish, overall, is very good even if the styling’s come in for considerable criticism. Bolt heads and other exposed Triumph TT600 parts show wear quite early on, though.

Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5

Naturally, the Triumph TT600 went up against the Japanese Big Four in the sports 600 market and were, perhaps, a bit too brave with their pricing: on its launch the Triumph TT600 cost more than any of them. They haven’t held their price as well as the others, either: you can pick one up used for surprisingly little now. Find a Triumph TT600 for sale

Insurance group: 14 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 4 out of 5

The Triumph TT600's small screen works pretty well and the seating position’s on a par with the not-too-extreme Honda CBR600F. Triumph TT600 has funky clocks include a white-faced, analogue tacho with digital speedometer plus clock and trip meters. Good mirrors, a realistic tank capacity and a selection of aftermarket parts from Triumph.

Owners' Reviews

7 owners have reviewed their TRIUMPH TT600 (2000-2003) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.7 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.7 out of 5
Engine 4.3 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.7 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.9 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Black as the ace of spades

18 November 2007 by kujox

Bought this in may 07 after selling my ZX10(1990 version). I wanted something that would handle and reach the speed limit so I bought this after a short relationship with a Laverda Diamante. I'd had it for a week the went on a journey to... Read more portsmouth, 225 mile trip with only one stop. The TT crusied at a bit above the limit (90 to 100) all the way down (and back) and when I arrived I wasn't aching which was a good sign and not the sort of thing I was expecting from a sportsbike. The fuel injection issues have been sorted on this bike as it's one of the later models and appears to be better than a GPZ900 I once had. One of the shocks I had was MPG, I get about 150 from a tank and when the light comes on I have about 40 mile left, this does depend on how you ride it as I have run out once, on the plus side the bike was easy to push. I do miss a proper gauge which tells me the fuel level. Handling is excellent with dunlop D207s, may get even better with more expensive rubber but if it works why change it. Everyone seems to go on about the sharp brakes but this is something I haven't noticed when compared to my previous bikes. The engine is revvy and quick, produces plenty of power, I sometimes miss the brute power of the ZX10 as you have to think about changing down a cog when you want a bit of power but I have come down in cc to just over half so that would be the same on any of the batch of 600s. I think the bike was unfairly slammed for the low down fuel issues, this bike was never made for city riding, it was designed for the open roads like many of todays sportsbikes. The triumph feels and looks like a bigger bike, people often miss the 600 on the tail section and ask the cc. the riding position is not as extreme as some of the other 600s The bike does every thing within my limits as a rider, it's comfortable on a long ride, breaks the speed limit, stops well and goes round corners very well. It also has something the other 600s don't, it's british and it always get people looking at it thanks to the name on the tank. Highly recommended.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
5 out of 5

a joy to ride

29 September 2007 by motomo22000

Had the triumph for just over 12 months, really enjoy riding it in all conditions. generaly a great bike for all purposes Read more

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
4 out of 5

2001 Y in Blue

22 April 2007 by fazerjim

This was my first bike after passing my DAS, and I've done about 12k in 9 months in all weathers and its been great. I've even done some two-up touring! Its a bit lumpy below 4krpm but you're hardly ever that low in the revs so it doesnt really... Read more matter that much. Its comfy enough for 4-500 miles a day(i'm 6 foot tall) and forgiving enough for an inexperienced rider. And it says made in Britain on it!!!

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Brought new in 2003 -m 16k on the clock

01 April 2007 by rikhurst

The TT600 is a top bike, the ride & handling is excellent and is very forgiving if you make a hash of a corner. I've ridden her in all weathers and she has never let me down. She’s even done her fair share of touring! The looks not to everyone’s... Read more taste (but that also goes for the rider :) but she does stand out against the rest among the rows of blue and white gsxr’s. If they still made the TT600 and I was in the market for buying new, I would get another one without question.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Brought as first bike. Couldn't ask for a better bike to learn all the basics on.

08 January 2006 by Rooster32

Went into a bike shop and asked what they would recomend for first time biker who wanted a sports bike and didn't want to die. He gave me a few options like bandit sport etc but I like the look of the Triumph. Got on and couldn't believe how much... Read more control the bike give ya. The bike out stop me mates cbr600 rr. The sound is pure class aswell. Strengths: Control, Bakes, Noise and Insurance cost low. Weaknesses:
Top end not as good as the cbr rr or gixer.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

The Perfect First Bike

06 January 2006 by fortuna

Bought my black TT from Robinsons Foundr, Canterbury, Kent in Oct 2004, just prior to passing my and I haven't looked back since. I do 600 miles a week in all weathers and the bike hasn't missed beat. The Sagem injection unit had its obiligatory... Read more remap by the dealer when I first bought the bike, but apart from normal consumables nothing has gone wrong. I have been so pleased with Triumph in general that I'm about to swap it for a 955i. Strengths: Reliable. Easy to ride with no unexpected behaviours when braking, cornering and accelerating. Fast without being intimadating. Comfortable over distance. Different. In comparion to Jap bikes the TT600 is great value for money. Decent build quality. Weaknesses: Needs a double bubble screen if you're going to do a lot of motorway riding. The looks are not to everyones taste, but that is often a case of "champagne tastes and beer pockets"!. Paint around the ignition key easily scores (now I'm being really fussy!).

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

2000 X reg black and yellow

06 August 2004 by Get Rich Quick

This is a superb all round bike. I had no problems with the fuel injection until I put on an ART race can. However, the extra power and sound are worth the odd cut out at low speed. The bike is very comfy to ride (I am 6ft 1") The power delivery is... Read more fantastic. I have done two track days on it and blown away 95 percent of everyone there, so the bike is more than capable. This is probably due to the awesome brakes. I have changed the rear sprocket to give more accelleration, added a k&n air filter, race can, rear hugger, seat cowl, double bubble screen and a few other minor things. [IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v282/TT600/bike.gif[/IMG]. Strengths: Brakes, brakes, brakes, suspension, power delivery. Weaknesses: What weaknesses?

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
Read all 7 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2000
Year discontinued 2003
Original price -
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 14 of 17
Annual road tax £58
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 108 bhp
Max torque 50 ft-lb
Top speed 155 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.4 secs
Average fuel consumption 32 mpg
Tank range 130 miles
Specification
Engine size 599cc
Engine type 16v inline four, 6 gears
Frame type Aluminium twin spar
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Seat height 810mm
Bike weight 170kg
Front suspension Preload, rebound, compression
Rear suspension Preload, rebound, compression
Front brake Twin 310mm discs
Rear brake 240mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2000: Triumph TT600 launched. The verdict was the braking system and handling were top notch but looks and power delivery were widely slated.
2001: Triumph made numerous modifications to the Triumph TT600's engine: aiming to maintain power at the top end whilst smoothing out power delivery and giving it more pull lower in the rev range. There was a vast improvement.
2003: Triumph TT600 discontinued.

Other versions

None.

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