This very early example of Triumphs T309 Speed Triple from 1994 was kindly donated to the museum in March 2019 by Mrs Kerry Williams from Devon. The machine had been in Kerry’s garage for the last 9 years following her late husband passing away, and is a very original example of Triumphs first “streetfighter” style machine that is still popular to this day.
The Speed Triple was based on the early Triumph Triple series of modular engines, which also powered the standard Trident, Daytona and Thunderbird. This engine came in two displacements as a triple: 750 cc for some European markets, and 885 cc for all other markets. The Speed Triple originally was equipped only with the 885 cc engine, but just before major changes to the model were made in 1997 a very few 750cc machines were produced using leftover engines.
Early Speed Triples like the machine here were all carburetted, and the 1994/1995 models came with the standard 885 cc water-cooled engine and five-speed transmission. Subsequent Speed Triples all had the same engine but with six speed transmissions, except for the brief run of 750 cc bikes.
Not having one in the collection already, we are excited to acquire a “first year” example of this significant bike from the early years of “Hinckley” production. Following some light “cosmetic” work the Speed Triple will join our other Triumph road machines in Hall 4.