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MCN tests the machine that gave Triumph its first win in 28 years, alongside four other bikes fresh from the Island, only in the June 18 issue.

Just a few days after an historic victory, Trevor Franklin rides Bruce Anstey’s ValMoto Junior TT and Production 600 TT Triumph Daytonas, Shaun Harris’ Production 1000 TT Suzuki GSX-R1000 and Proddie 600 GSX-R600, and Alan Jackson’s 750 class-winning Suzuki GSX-R750.

The result is a six-page feature of some of the fastest road-racing bikes around. But the star has to be the victorious Triumph. It’s still set up for the 37.73-mile TT course, with gearing for 180mph and a softer rear spring compared to its British Supersport settings.

The engine has blueprinted rods, crankshafts and pistons, plus a gas-flowed cylinder head. Fuel injection is standard, but it is controlled by a remapped ECU. With a DynoJet power Commander and the paper element removed from the air filter, the result is a 20 per cent power increase over a stock bike.

The bike still retains much of the road bike’s features, with standard wheels, brake calipers, discs and master cylinders. But useful additions include an Ohlins steering damper, and replacing all the carbon-fibre bodywork with glass-fibre, as it’s cheaper and easier to repair.

Find out how the two Triumphs and three GSX-Rs compare, in MCN, out now.


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MCN, June 18

MCN Staff

By MCN Staff