Sweet first generation Speed Triple

A friend recently told me about the Pacific Northwest Riders forum. I visited and low and behold, there’s a Classified section. The first thing I did was found a sweet Aprilia Caponord here in Central Oregon. I think I found that bike a new home. Now I’ve found something else really interesting–a 1996 Triumph Speed Triple.

Here’s the write up along with a list of add-ons to this particular bike:

1996 Triumph Speed Triple

Whoops! $3099 added to above. -Thanks

OK, to ‘broadstroke’ a bit of history here…when Triumph got back into the business of making motorcycles in the early 90’s, they knew that they would be dead-in-the-water if they had reliability problems, so the bikes were overbuilt with reliability and longevity above performance statistics on a racetrack. They also knew that they needed to be unique. What we have here is an execution of older technology done better than ever before. Hell, other manufacturers in ’96 were using aluminum frames and fuel injection! Anyhow, the triple cylinder is unique to what other’s were offering at that time. These are great street bikes and this is one of the best examples available in this country period. The ’96 was the last year of this version before Triumph went to aluminum frames and fuel injection in ’97. And, as such, it has the best of everything including improved front suspension. The 6-piston Alcon calipers (with ceramic pistons) and the Triumph full stainless exhaust system (made by Sebring) were both factory race kit options (at $1200 each) for the Triumph Speed Triple Challenge Series, an event used to promote the marque. Cheers!

Here the list of other extras included:

Factory manual
Haynes manual
Owner’s Handbook
Factory tool kit
Stainless Brake & Clutch lines (in use)
Swing-arm chain guide (New)
Oil change o-ring Kit (two of these – new)
Oil filter (1)
Two extra sets of front brake pads (40% & 90%)
Extra bolt for lower fork leg (
Spanner wrench for new Hagon rear shock
Original bolt for left exhaust can
Spare throttle cable
Spare non-origial rearview mirrors
2 diaphragm gaskets for clutch & front brake master cylinders (new)
3 extra carb floats
2 original passenger foot pegs
Original clip-on handlebars
Valve adjusting tool
Steering Stabilizer valve cover mount (new & rare)
Excellent condition tires Michelin Pilot power (single compound)
45t rear sprocket (520 pitch – new)
Digital Tachometer Daytona (in use)
upright handlebars and top clamp mount (in use)
I can’t seem to locate the passenger grab-on handles…will keep looking…
Plus all documentation/records from my ownership and the previous owners.

I don’t think you can find a better example of old-school cool–and that’s a really nice price.

I found one other likely Craigslist candidate in Portland–a 2005 Ducati Monster S2R 800. I first saw this on Craiglist in the fall of 2009. It disappeared for the winter, but looks like the owner still wants to sell. I never seem to have the cash when the cool bikes come along. I love Monsters–had a 1997 M900 Monster–and I always dug the S2R 800/1000 and S4R with the single-sided swingarm–and man what a swingarm. Work of art, total work of art.

Here’s the info:



2005 Ducati Monster S2R 800

Here is simply one of the most Ducati-esque, sexy, capable and quick Ducati’s ever made, the 380 lb. 85 hp, 65 ft. lbs. of torque (before pipe!) 2005 S2R 800 Monster. This one just DRIPS in Italian sexiness, from it’s brilliant RED trademark trellis frame to the tank, fly screen and seat cowl ($250) adorned with the stunning off-set white racing stripes that set this model and it’s sister S4R apart from the other Ducati Monsters. This machine has — NEVER BEEN DROPPED — , as a $1500 Arrow dual exhaust, very trick CRG shorty adjustable levers (gold) ($179), Sargent seat ($500+), Hypermotard black bars ($60), custom gold painted Marchesini rims, extra LED taillight (below the rear fender), bar end mirrors, amazing curved single sided swingarm, and is FLAWLESS. Also has dual Fiamm horns color matched to the paint! Safe and effective.

Only 5K miles, this ultra quick Duck needs nothing. Pictures don’t do this bike justice, and for just over $6K is an amazingly FUN value in a sea of also ran Japanese CBRs, R6s, and Ninjas. You’ll never see another one like this, so don’t pass it up. This bike draws a crowd wherever it’s parked, and the Arrows sound PERFECT – not too loud to be obnoxous, but loud enough to let others know this is a very Italian DUCATI Desmodue V-twin approaching.

Also, per these pictures, YES the I have the passenger pegs, which work fine with the cool Arrow dual exhausts, no modification necessary.

Clear and clean Oregon title in hand, MUST see this thoroughbred to appreciate it. Email me NOW for a chance to see and hear this beauty in person.