My scaled down passion – Triumph TT600

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10 Years ago I got my first die-cast 1:18 scale model motorcycle from my aunt for Christmas, a 2003 Ducati 999s. Little did she know that this would start an obsession that will last a lifetime. All of my models have some significance or meaning to me. Every week I’ll blog about a motorcycle from my collection, in chronological order, telling you more about it, why it’s important and where I got it from.
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2002 Triumph TT600

2002 Triumph TT600

Make & Model: 2002 Triumph TT600
From : My aunt
Date : December 2004
Purchased : Crazy Store, Springbok, South Africa.

This is the second of three motorcycles my aunt gave me to kick-start my collection. In case you missed my blog post about the first, you can read it here.

This was Triumph’s first attempt at producing a middleweight bike after their return to the American market, and was produced from 2000 – 2003. Sadly the first production models had fuel-injection problems, which was fixed in 2001, but the fix resulted in a power drop of between 2 – 3 horsepower in the newer models.

With fully adjustable Kayaba suspension, lightweight wheels and powerful, progressive Nissin brakes and an agile chassis, noted for its exceptional ground clearance, the TT600 was set to take on it’s Japanese rivals. Unfortunately the styling was not to everyone’s taste and because of the fuel-injection problems, not a lot were sold.

At the heart of the TT600 was a 599cc four stroke, transverse four cylinder. DOHC, with 4 valves per cylinder which produced 110hp and 68Nm torque.

Speaking of “torque” my favourite recollection of the TT600 was from the 2004 film, Torque. In which the actor Will Yun Lee rode a Caspian Blue TT600.

Scene from the movie "Torque"

Scene from the movie “Torque”

About the author

Buks has had a passion for two-wheels since childhood. After his first motorcycle, a fire-breathing two-stroke Yamaha TZR250, he realized he was hooked. When Buks isn't writing for UltimateVelocity he enjoys practicing martial arts, gardening and spending time with his family.