9. Triumph T595/ 955i (1997-2006)


First off, we’d just like to say that we’re saddened that our friends at SuperBike used to exploit women this way, and we’re glad they’re past it now. And please spare a positive thought for John Cantlie.

Triumph left the liter-bike game in a huff after 2006, and who could blame it? If the Speed Triple was the original mass-produced naked bike, then Triumph seems to be encouraging you to just make your own with the T595/955i, which is pretty much a faired and clip-on equipped Speed Triple that was purchased new by a more responsible sort and taken better care of. They’ve all got the beautiful, skirling Triple that reminds you of bagpipes, and the T595 has the single-sided swingarm, but the 955i weighs less and makes more power. Ditch the plastic, make a papier-mache fly screen, instant British cred.