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Daytona Deliberations For owners and riders of Daytona 900, 955, 1000 & 1200

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Old 11-12-2012, 01:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Opinions on a 2002 955i

Hey guys, this week I am going to check out a 2002 daytona 955i dssa. it has 4,200 miles, custom pipe, power commander, and will come with a set of brand new tires. $4,000 I was wondering if I could get some thoughts on the bike, problems I should expect, things/issues I should know/be weary about the 955's having. I'm also looking at a 2009 cbr 600rr w/ the same mileage except it is $7,000 but I wanted to get away from the conventional jap bike. I've owned a 2001 gsxr 750 which i loved, and a 2009 buell xb12r firebolt that I liked, but I want to find a bike that I can fall in love with again.
Here is a link of the bike in question:

http://ventura.craigslist.org/mcy/3344512554.html

Thank you, Mike
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:10 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Well, it's a naked conversion which probably means it has been crashed at some point. Ask whether clean title or salvage.
It looks to at least have the Speed Triple OEM headlights though, rather than some after-market.
Not really much to speak of re 'big problems' with these bikes to look for - generating systems are suspect but not significantly worse than other marques of that generation.
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:39 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Very nice example of a Speed Triple conversion,did seller offer any info on missing body work?,are the passenger pillion and factory toolkit included and complete?Inso far as glitch's go you can plan on replacing the rectifier/regulator unit at 10-12k miles in most of the early 2nd gen 955i's.I would suggest checking 12vdc output at battery for at least 13.75 vdc at idle before purchase.If all is well and missing factory body work is included and in good repair the asking price is reasonable in my opion only.If afore mentioned item's aren't present I would suggest offering less than asking price.Please do keep in mind that a rather expensive valve adjustment will be due at 12k miles and must be performed in the intrest of longevity,also every 12k after that for duration of ownership.Scupper tubes wich drain rain water from fuel cap area become brittle with age and not miles so best to check those for cracking as water in fuel is a troublesom headache and can be hard to diagnose,if all these items are adressed properly these bikes are very reliable and rewarding to own and ride,mine now has over 98000miles and starts and runs well.Best wish's,Alloymotor.
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:53 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Respectfully, couple of quick comments re above:

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.... you can plan on replacing the rectifier/regulator unit at 10-12k miles in most of the early 2nd gen 955i's....
There is no mileage connection with regulator failures - some can be very early and others go on indefinitely.
Also regarding specific reference to early 2nd gens - there is no correlation to model year - the same R/R was fitted throughout entire Triple Range until only very most recent 2012 1050 model.
i.e. 'early' 2nd gen Daytona no better or worse than any other 02+ Triple (Speed Triple, Daytona, Sprint etc) in this regard.
Having said that, indeed I would recommend proactively replacing at some point anyway, with a MOSFET type which is much more reliable.

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...Please do keep in mind that a rather expensive valve adjustment will be due at 12k miles ...
It is not necessarily a valve adjustment, but scheduled valve check - significant difference in cost of one vs the other.
Checking clearances is very simple - only if out of spec does it require more skill & knowledge & time to pull the cams to replace any shims that may be required.
Many motors are not actually out of spec at the first 12K.
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Old 11-12-2012, 03:08 PM   #5 (permalink)
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It has a clean title, and he had bought the bike like this about 2 thousand miles ago, it now has 4k. Basically he just rides it to work once or twice a week. So it really doesn't seem like it had been crashed. he doesn't have the plastic pieces because and never got them from the previous owner. He does have the factory manual. I will ask about the passenger pillion and tool kit.
I'm wondering why he never got the plastics from the previous owner though.
He was very firm on the price, if he didn't get 4k he is just going to keep it.
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Old 11-12-2012, 05:12 PM   #6 (permalink)
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It's not unusual to encounter early Daytona's san's thier coach work either due to damaged body work that's costly to repair or because some people just like the streetfighter look's of the Speedtriple over the fully faired appearence of the Daytona.In it's current state it could easily be mistaken for the less powerful Speedtriple,these kind of Triumph's are kindly known as "Speedtona's".It doe's have very nice aftermarket accessorie's that make it stand out nicely and the extra tire's will come in handy in the future if you buy it.The fact that the factory repair manual is included indicate's to me that at one time it's owner cared well for the bike given it's photo's that are displayed in the add,it will not however be a true collectable Daytona until the body part's at least available for installation.Perhap's the current owner will give you a test ride,only then will you be able to admire what's hidden inside these fine machine's.good luck in your endeavors.Alloymotor.
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Old 11-12-2012, 07:28 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Honestly, I'm not too worries about making the bike a collectable, I'm buying the bike to love and enjoy so the fact that it is made to look like the speed triple is what got me interested. I'll have cash in hand so that the test ride is possible. I just want to make sure I'm not buying just a motorcycle, but a bike that will really grow on me. I've constantly heard great things about these bikes and figured that it might be worth the $4k he is asking since it is has low miles and is a like new "speedtona" like you said
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Mike, There are really no brand specific issues with the Triumph with most items that are oft reported being those shared with other brands of the period. Charging system failures are perhaps the most common complaint with the 2002+ model year D955i. MOSFET rectifier/regulators are now readily available to replace the SCR R/R.

Treat it like any used vehicle purchase WRT initial maintenance, in particular the coolant because if it hasn't been replaced maybe becoming acidic.

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Old 11-13-2012, 11:10 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks Brad, so now that I have an idea can anyone tell me how much they like or dislike their 955i performance. If you could give an honest opinion on a 10pt scale i.e 9/10.
How much do you like your 955i and why do/don't you like it's performance.

Thanks all for bearing with me here.
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:02 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I love the looks
I love the sound of the triple
I love the way it pulls from 3k in 3rd gear to redline like a locomotive (no mm3 from tuneecu so it could be better to)
I love the way it walks on my friends Aprilia Tuono on highspeed roll-ons
I love the fact that it's not a GSXR
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