I originally bought this bike in Virginia, when I first moved to the good ole USA back in 2010. I got it from a guy in Ohio who had not ridden it for nearly 6 years (or so he said). But, the bike was clean and it started after a little persuasion, ran for about 15 minutes and then died… I trailored it back to my then home in VA, parked it in my office and promptly went off to work in Georgia for nearly a year. The triumph slept once more.
Then I relocated to South Carolina, Tiberius moved with me into a fresh new storage locker. I did some investigation and found the fuel line had come off the input port in the fuel pump in side the tank. Refitted the line and he started up (with a little reluctance) and I even managed to ride him around my local community for 20 minutes before it died again.
Hashtag “back in storage”.
Then I took a 3 month job in Vegas (who wouldn’t?) and that then stretched to a year and then lead me to here — Southern California. I’m here for a few while, so it’s time to try and fire the old geezer up and get him on the roads…
This was a totally genuine viral advertisement commissioned by Triumph Motorcycles back in 2007 when the bike was launched. It’s just superb. Most amusing, in the style of the old Hitchhikers Guide and just…. well… Bloody Funny:
Ever since the dawn of time Triumph have been producing large powerful motorbikes in their Hinckley factory near Leicester. With over 900 years of motorbike building prowess behind them Triumph have created two wheeled motorbike classics.
Including their latest invention the Rocket III. But how is this, the world’s largest motorbike made? Much like its performance, construction of the Rocket III turns traditional motorbike assembly on its head. Thus the first part of the bike to be added is its center of gravity. The tiny items are made by hand in a hermetically sealed chamber where they are then pressurized; the engine itself is created next door. When creating the most powerful motorbike known to man the key is to use a motorbike engine not previously known to man. Engines this large cannot simply be built and instead are grown from embryo engines germinated in a nutrient rich sludge medium, injected with steroids and then kept in this bank of cupboards near the photocopiers to grow.
When they have reached adolescence the frame is attached and over 200 kilos of power are added. Its a delicate process too little and the bike will feel sluggish too much and it could explode.
The wheels can now be bolted on and its sent into a special room where all the complicated bits are put on by men who read magazines about maths argument juice is added from the argument lobe of the female brain allowing the finished bike to change direction in an instant, improving handling, the same technology is used in modern fighter planes fun doesnt get into the bike by accident in this sound proofed area assembly workers play compilation tapes and jokes to the bike while it watches classic episodes of TV comedy shows from the late 70s up to the present day.
Fun is absorbed by osmosis and levels are monitored when full the bike is painted and baked.
The whole bike is chamoised with Yaks butter and only when the bikes resident gurning fool can see himself reflected as a thing of beauty is the bike released for testing.
(Testing is accompanied by banjo music for safety purposes)
the tests themselves look to asses maneuverability and performance in real world situations
Here we see; an emergency stop for someone whos dropped their badger in the road, practicing control in the advent of hitting a lard spill, and a safety procedure for getting home if your front wheel falls off.
Occasionally test riders try to slip in a few hooligan antics but these are generally frowned upon.
All these techniques must be carried out without spilling the riders tea to ensure the rocket 3s legendary ease of handling and comfort remains intact.
Testing passed; the bikes are finished and are finally equipped with their riders who come off independent production lines throughout the world. All keen to enjoy the thrills the rocket 3 has to offer.
… and the satisfied triumph workers head home after another hard day building the rocket three.
In March 2010, I found a 1998 Triumph Daytona T595 on eBay. A fantastic Strontium Yellow motorcycle, very low mileage and near showroom condition. After six years in storage, when I fired the old beast up and he sat burbling on tickover and test rode like a dream. With a big cheesy grin, I handed over a wedge of American dollars and set off on the three hour ride home… With the engine howling the perfect grin inducing triple chorus… Tiberius the Trumpet was re-born…. the T595 journey began!
This website will chronicle that journey…
So, I recently moved house and selling the Silver Trumpet was a necessity. I hated selling it, but when your new house is in a different country on the other side of the world, sometimes you just can’t fit everything in a suitcase.
Luckily, my wonderful old Silver Triumph Daytona CE 2002 went to a great home (my next door neighbor Steve) and now I’ve finally got settled in here in the USA, it’s time to scour the USA for a new machine to lug me around. So here I am, 2010 is looming on the horizon and I’m in a new country, a new house and completely and utterly bike less (for the first time in 20 years)
Do I turn to the dark side and get some big Harley type cruiser?
Do I wait in the vain hope for a new big bore Daytona from Triumph?
What about the Triumph 1050 Sprint?
Or is it back to my delusional hunt for the perfect 2001 old-style Daytona 955i… decisions.. decisions…