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2003-09-02 2001 Triumph Speed Triple Motorcycles View Listings

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I have owned my 2001 S3 now for two years and have just started road racing it on a mountain circuit. I have owned many bikes in my life, but this one is truely a dominator. This bike will carve the turns with a knee down (or not) like a dream. The torque out of the twisties is responsive and powerful. I am running a carbon fiber high mount pipe, belly pan, bar end mirrors, fly-screen with wind-shield/guard and frame sliders as the only aftermarkets. The aftermarket low profile windshield cuts most of the windblast down at speed. Bar end mirrors help, but I have not found any truely good mirrors for this bike which gives an easy view of the sides and rear areas without comprimising the bikes "looks". Unless you can hide behind a thin tree, throw the stock mirrors away. Other than that, the bike is race or road ready out of the box and if you haven't ridden a Triple, you're missing out on a well kept secret.
- Jeremy Slaughter, Bristol, Tennessee

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2003-02-19 2001 Triumph Speed Triple Motorcycles View Listings

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on a recent visit to a motorcycle show where i saw the various offerings from around the world, i was drawn to the looks of the speed 3. a massive back tyre hinted of things to expect. on the way home i dropped into a local dealer, and as if fate was directing me, a year old roulette green 955i had just been traded. mint with run in miles on the clock. in half an hour it was mine. the handling is so good i was scraping the exhaust in no time. progression of power is awesome. it is also a license saver as over 110mph is unpleasant, the backup i have had from triumph left me a permanent fan. out of warranty failure, free of charge, i was very pleased. if you like airtime it gives a hack like me feelings of ability. if i ever sell it, i will buy another. i would reccomend the stickiest tyres you can get. other than that its spot on. i get 2k on a back tyre, i dont know of any fun fair ride that is this mutch fun or amuses for so long. have you guessed i love it.!
- andrew penny, truro, United Kingdom

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2002-11-19 2001 Triumph Speed Triple Motorcycles View Listings

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The 2001 Speed Triple is potentially ideal for real road riding, but is let down by a few flaws. The suspension is as hard as nails and on bumpy roads this slows you down. If the suspension was more compliant, you could cover the ground faster and not get bumped out of the seat so much. Why Triumph fitted springs stiffer than an unladen goods van is hard to guess. The engone is a real peach, and Triumph did an excellent job here. Having travelled from Dublin to Paris, the bike does need a screen which is more useful than Triumph's own aftermarket thingy. It's hard to find a screen for this model that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. The 2001 model has slower steering than the 2002 model but this good for stability. All in all, not a bad bike and could become a great one with a few sensible mods. And it really is a looker.
- dave hickie, dublin, Ireland

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2002-09-03 2001 Triumph Speed Triple Motorcycles View Listings

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I bought my Speed Triple new in August of 2002 and I now have over 3300 miles on it. So far, I've had to replace the clutch cable and the high pressure fuel line. Both problems were repaired under warranty and at no cost with minimal waiting time for my bike. I put on D&D exhaust and replaced the stock mirrors with Napolean bar end mirrors. I really love this bike. It has plenty of power and handles extremely well. I would highly recommend it to anyone. The build quality is impressive and Triumph stands behind their products - as do their dealers. Triumph kicks ass!
- Jeff Montgomery, Houston, Texas

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2002-08-05 2001 Triumph Speed Triple Motorcycles View Listings

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I just can't say enough about this bike. This is my third review for you readers out there who might be remotely interested in a speed triple. I've put 6,000 trouble free miles on it. Need to take her in for the required routine maintenance. My dealer told me it would coast about $100. No valve adjustment necessary just check the fluids and other critical points. I ride as often as my schedule allows and this bike makes the wait worth every minute. The speed triple gets more comfortable to ride as the miles pile up. I guess you could say that it is maturing nicely. At one point I think a casual cruise returned 59 mpg. The saddle and riding position (for me) allows me to travel about 100 miles before its time for a break. After having placed the optional fly screen on the bike, you can cruise at 70 mph in relative comfort. It is quite remarkable in its ability to divert wind away from my upper torso. I do wear earplugs to protect my hearing and lessen the fatigue from wind noise. It all adds to a more enjoyable riding experience. Am I a speed triple fanatic? I don't think so. I have owned three other motorcycles that impressed me this much. In no particular order they were: 1981 Kawasaki GPZ 550, 1978 Honda Goldwing, 1985 Kawasaki GPZ 900. The longest trip I ever took was on the little 550. All these bike were dead reliable and fun to ride. Each filled a niche that needed filling at the time. The speed triple is filling that need for me now. I currently enjoy the uniqueness of riding the only speed triple in town. The only other one is up for sale at the Triumph dealer. Even the "big three" motorcycle magazines tout this bike as being the most versatile machine in the Triumph lineup. Yet, they still don't sell in this area. It boggles the mind. I have been getting the urge to get a sport touring bike. Think I'll invest in the new Triumph trophy. Rumors have it that the machine will have 1300 cc's and a shaft drive. Will I trade in the triple. Not a chance! There is room in my drive way for both bikes. My dealer loves me. Good luck in your purchase and happy motoring!
- Bill, Pensacola, Florida

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2000-11-20 2001 Triumph Speed Triple Motorcycles View Listings

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This is the ultimate weapon for bombing around town. Incredible handling, instant throttle response, massive torque, perfect ergos give it the ability to carve through traffic like no other bike I've ever been on. Obviously not great for highway work although it's perfectly stable at speed, lack of a fairing makes it a bit breezy. Mirrors could be better, give me a great view of my elbows. Go for the track can, not real loud and sounds much better than stock.
- Mike, USA

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