TRIUMPH TT600 (2000 - 2003) Review
At a glance
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|Annual servicing cost:||£150|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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 & brakesNext up: Engine
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…
EngineNext up: Reliability
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 qualityNext up: Value
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 rivalsNext up: Equipment
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
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.
|Engine type||16v inline four, 6 gears|
|Frame type||Aluminium twin spar|
|Fuel capacity||18 litres|
|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|
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How much to insure?
|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
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.
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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Annual servicing cost:||£150|