TRIUMPH TT600 (2000 - 2003) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4.4 out of 5 (4.4/5)
Annual servicing cost: £150
Power: 108 bhp
Seat height: Medium (31.9 in / 810 mm)
Weight: Low (375 lbs / 170 kg)

Prices

New N/A
Used £3,000

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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

Next up: Engine
5 out of 5 (5/5)

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

Next up: Reliability
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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 vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
3 out of 5 (3/5)

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

Equipment

4 out of 5 (4/5)

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.

Specs

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

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 32 mpg
Annual road tax £69
Annual service cost £150
New price -
Used price £3,000
Insurance group 14 of 17
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Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage

Top speed & performance

Max power 108 bhp
Max torque 50 ft-lb
Top speed 155 mph
1/4 mile acceleration 11.4 secs
Tank range 130 miles

Model 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.

Owners' reviews for the TRIUMPH TT600 (2000 - 2003)

11 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.

Review your TRIUMPH TT600 (2000 - 2003)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4.7 out of 5 (4.7/5)
Engine: 4.2 out of 5 (4.2/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4.4 out of 5 (4.4/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Equipment: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Annual servicing cost: £150
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