Sold in aid of 'Riders for Health', the 500,000th machine produced
2011 Triumph 1,050cc Speed Triple
Registration no. KV11 XGJ
Frame no. SMTTPM1159C500000
Engine no. 5500941
The re-emergence of Triumph has been one of British manufacturing industry's relatively few success stories of recent times, an achievement all the more remarkable when one considers that the company has grown from nothing to rank alongside the best from Japan and Europe in only 20 years. In many market sectors Triumph's offerings are recognised as the finest available and none more so than the iconic Speed Triple, which has regularly come out top in group tests of 'factory street-fighters' ever since its introduction in 1994. As one of Triumph's most successful models, it was only fitting that a Speed Triple should be the landmark 500,000th motorcycle to roll off the production line since the Hinckley factory opened in 1991.
To commemorate this historic occasion Triumph gave this machine a bespoke red, white and blue livery at the behest of comedian and motorcycle enthusiast Ross Noble, who coincidentally began his career as a stand-up comic in '91. The 'burnished metal' effect is expected to be available on Triumph's 2012 range. In May of this year Ross set off to ride the special Speed Triple around Britain, starting his 'Sit Down Tour' at the factory before visiting Triumph dealers in England, Scotland and Wales. Quoted in Motor Cycle News, he said: 'I'll be riding a great British bike around Great Britain, which will be great.' 'Tweeters' were able to follow Ross' progress on Twitter and suggest changes to his route. Ross will be at the sale.
By now nicely run-in, the Speed Triple is sold in aid of 'Riders for Health', a charity that provides motorcycle transport for health workers in Africa, thereby making it possible for millions of people to receive regular, reliable health care, often for the first time in their lives. The machine is equipped with factory options consisting of a fly screen, belly pan and tank/seat cowls, and also comes with a complete spare set of bodywork panels. Offered with Swansea V5C document and taxed until the end of September 2011, this unique Speed Triple represents a wonderful opportunity to acquire an historic Triumph motorcycle while at the same time helping a most deserving cause. A signed photograph of Ross with the Speed Triple and a certificate acknowledging the fact that it is the 500,000th Triumph produced at Hinckley are included in the sale.
- Please note, this motorcycle is subject to VAT on the hammer price.
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