The Speed Triple can trace its roots back to pre-World War II. Well, ok, the revolutionary Edward Turner designed Speed Twin leant its name to the modern machine, though adjusted for the extra cylinder. Triumph spotted the 1990s craze of the Street Fighter, a naked, brash, upright wheelie machine style of customization spawned from crashed sportbikes being rebuilt without the exorbitantly priced original fairings.
Introduced in 1994, the Speed Triple nicked the 885cc engine from the Trident and Sprint and housed it in a very large single steel tube backbone frame and used the engine as a stressed member. The Streetfighter architecture was “out of the box” and hugely popular, going through revisions and styling cues like single-sided swingarms and twin headlights. Engines got bigger over time and for 2000, the 955cc S3 was introduced, now topping 100bhp.
The S3 on offer here, in Roulette Green, was part of a California collection of American and European bikes. A barn-find when discovered, the bike was stored for the last 21 years, having covered only 6 miles from new! Recently liberated, the bike was carefully cleaned and detailed and given a full re-commissioning, including new battery and general service. Cosmetically, the bike is in excellent condition, with minor pitting to the chrome surfaces, conducive to age and a scuff to the left side rear panel (photgraphed) where something has brushed against it. Now, in great running condition, the bike is ready for the next owner to display and enjoy.
Sold on a clean, clear California title in non-op status, so no back fees are due.