here is some sights to check out if you want a little background on Paul Taylor and His Triumph racing.
Chuck if I were you I would not let those carbon engine covers go with the bike, as I doubt you will ever find another set it looks as though mr. taylor has moved on to other racing adventures and I have not seen anything to indicate that he still makes any of his old parts. those covers are quite rare. I did not know they even existed, not that I am an expert. He also made a 985 kit for the motor which I wanted for years untill I found out that Hinkley had one come apart on him.
back to the original thread other items that can be done for the original speed triple.
1 brakes there were 6 pot brakes available made by alcon rather pricey but having a set on my bike I can tell you they are great other bikes have 6 pot brakes that interchange do a search as I am sure there are other threads
2 keihin fcr carbs many swear by them and some swear at them pricey and from what I have read finicky.
3 955 kit later model triumphs have the larger bore and triumph in their infinite wisedom kept some of the dimensions the same. with a bore of the lower crankcase the sleeves and pistons from the 955 models fits for greater hp and torque. definitely on my list over the next couple of years. as Tim Allen would say "MORE POWER! (grunting sounds..)
4 this one is up toward the top of everyones list that does it! suspension. the recommended list is gold valves and stiffer springs in the forks. and replacing the rear shock. shock recommendations were ohlins but availability is suppose to none now, Iam currently researching this as I am doing shock and forks this winter. If ohlins is out there is WP gets great reviews from others, hagon for lower prices, and the recommendation of my suspension shop currently is either wilbers or hyperpro. they say the wilbers is very good but is a little genaric on shim stacks etc.. so may need dialed in. and the hyperpro they say is flat excellent built individually for you to your spec. the down side of the hyperpro, other than the ohlins price, is the delivery time around 4 to 6 weeks. as far as the WP I get the impression that they are not as impressed with it as they are with the other two in terms of design.
5 small stuff exhaust I run the factory sebring but they are hard to find. there was the yosh system but I also believe they are not being made anymore. air filter K and n. jet kits dynojet or factory. I have the dyojet and it works pretty good but I am considering moving to the factory kit. ignition advancer sims use to make them but do not anymore however I just saw one listed on factory jets site.
this is a chunk of either my completed list or wish list that I have developed over the ten years of owning this bike. I will not sell even though I have had offers. I may add other bikes to the stall that are newer. but I love the sleeper image of the bike! no one expects it to be quick or handle. that of course is relative because I don't expect to be up there with a 675 in the corners, or an r1 on the straights, but just keeping them in sight surprises people.
sorry I went on so long but this thread hit a cord with me as I am in the middle of modding time again. I just guess I am an old hot rodder at heart and a complete bike is a boring bike!!!
P.S. meanchuck I look forward to seeing picks of you tbs as I have seen some beautiful examples after modding, and if you want to seperate the covers out I would love to talk to you.