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2000 Triumph TT600: Don’t Buy Your New 600 Just Yet

2000 Triumph TT600><br /><b>2000 Triumph TT600</div>
<p>Triumph unveiled its long awaited entry into the 600cc sport bike market yesterday in Birmingham, England.  The TT600 represents Triumph’s first effort to take on the Japanese Manufacturers head on.  Previous Triumph sport bikes have been three cylinder machines without any direct competition.<br />
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With an indicated dry weight of 375 pounds, and a claimed maximum horsepower rating of 108 bhp (at 12,750 rpm) and maximum torque of 50.5 foot-lbs (at 11,000 rpm), the TT600 should be plenty competitive with the current Japanese bikes.<br />
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The front brakes are expected to be phenomenal — coupling 310mm floating discs (quite large for a 600) with Triumph’s well developed, and deservedly praised four-piston calipers (which haul in the 70 pound heavier 955I quite well, thank you).  Indeed, it is apparently the brakes, in part, which have lead Triumph to boast that the TT600 has lapped a track (we’re not sure which one) two seconds faster than Yamaha’s class leading R6.<br />
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The torque figure is also outstanding, being several foot pounds higher than the Japanese bikes (if Triumph’s claimed out put is correct).  This may result from a couple of factors, including the first fuel injection system on a 600cc sport bike — manufactured by Sagem (just like Triumph’s other sport bikes).  Couple a sophisticated fuel injection and engine management system with a high compression ratio (12:1) and ram air, and the torque figure becomes believable.<br />
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Fully adjustable Kayaba suspension at both ends (including a 43mm fork), a six-speed transmission, and a 180-section rear tire are all at the leading edge of 600 sport bike design.  Rake, trail and wheelbase figures are also in the same league as the best from Japan.<br />
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If priced competitively with the Japanese 600s (as it is expected to be), the Triumph TT600 will offer great value.  The prestige of the Triumph name, along with being the first 600 to feature fuel injection, should make the TT600 a sales success.<br />
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