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I think Dave has put his finger on a number of very important points.
Only because I have really big hands and fat fingers
I do however disagree in part with the sentiment "it cannot really be compared to a Japanese litre sports bike and was never marketed as such." My thought is that when the T595 was launched (1997), it was Triumph's idea to give the Japanese superbike manufacturers some competition. It took the market by storm -- particularly in the UK where the British biking fraternity went gaga for a British superbike. What Triumph however did not reckon with was the Japanese ability (due to their size and racing expertise) to soon trump their sterling efforts. It was only after the 2001 147hp engine upgrade that Triumph got 'cold feet' and settled on the idea of producing a true road-oriented superbike with some track potential. It was then that R&D stopped and Triumph marketed the bike until sales slumped to the point it was no longer worthwhile to manufacture and it was withdrawn in 2006 after a run-out model was produced utilising 1050 engine cases, anti-backlash gear; revised change mechanism, ST swing arm etc., simply to use up final part stocks and meet whatever final dealer stock orders were on the books.
I think you know more about Daytona 955 history than I do Dean so I will go with you on all that
One matter I did smile at: The relative size of the bike. For me, the two most comfortable two-up superbike-type bikes are the Triumph Daytona 955i and the Yamaha YZF1000R Thunderace (the latter having what must be the largest pillion seat in its class).
Hence, the size of the rider apart (here in SA the 'larger' riders own the much larger and heavier 'hyper-class' Busas, ZX14s or the older ZX12s and Honda CBR1100XX Blackbirds), for those of us who have wives (or significant others) as pillions who like speed, the Daytona as a superbike-type superbike is somewhat unmatched -- particularly those of us who are married not only to wives but the Triumph brand!
I smile because my wife and I tried out a new (2012) Yamaha R1 on Monday. (1) While an experienced pillion, she had great difficulty stretching to reach up to the pegs to get on! and (2), when she was on, Mrs Deanrider was perched like a frog on top, straining to reach between my bulk to rest her hands on the tank! Mrs Deanrider was thus unanimous in her decision: The Daytona 955i lends itself easily to two-up riding, whereas the crop of new Superbikes are (understandably) single rider machines with an 'ability' to 'lift' a passenger. As a result of their diminutive size (check out the Aprilia RSV4 as a case in point!), chassis/suspension setup and powerful engines the newer Superbikes are unmatched. Sadly, if Triumph do ever make a Superbike again (never, say never Triumph), the bike will probably be in the size of the RSV4 and totally unsuitable for my wife and I to ride together. That said, I would still probably (rather selfishly) buy one!
Also kind of funny 'cos I have my Daytona seat up and registered as a solos seater - but then I do have the uber comfortable Sprint GT for sporty riding with Mrs DaveM
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