I'm sure everyone in our Triumph community has their favourite model, and maybe we should even start a separate thread just on this topic, but I'd like to also share my reason for choosing this particular model to restore and why I am doing what I can to preserve it.
Simply put, I believe that this model holds a very special place in history, and its significance seems to have been largely forgotten or underappreciated.
As a start, it was Hinckley Triumph's first real attempt to move away from being a novelty boutique brand, and to take on the Japanese bike dominance head on. In the end, it didn't quite match the performance of the day, but it was in the ballpark and it carved a niche in street rideability refinement that just couldn't be ignored.
It could also be said that all subsequent Triumph sports bikes can trace a direct design lineage back to the T595, and we can include the Speed Triples in that.
It was also the first mass produced bike to sport electronic fuel injection, single handedly ending the era of carburetor bikes.
And of course, the tube frame and its tripple engine was a standout at the time, and has largely become a signature identifier for the Hinckley Triumphs.
Maybe a little of my own history with this model as a disclaimer ...
I bought one of the original strontium yellow T595 with the polished frame back in 1997, and then upgraded to one of the last built silver 2000 year 955i models. It was the only bike that I ever regretted selling, which is why I have one just like it again now in my garage 😊