The Triumph Daytona 955i is a sport bike manufactured by Triumph from 1997 to 2006. It was powered by a 955 cc (58.3 cu in) liquid cooled, inline three four stroke engine. The bike was launched in 1997 as the Triumph T595 Daytona and renamed Triumph Daytona 955i in 1999. The T595 Daytona was the bike with which Triumph came of age as a superbike manufacturer. Fast and fine-handling, the Daytona was the first sports bike from the reborn British firm that was designed to compete head-on with the best from Italy and Japan. And although the Triumph was slightly less racy than some super-sports rivals, its unique blend of style, performance and three-cylinder character made it a big success. A crucial factor in the Daytona's development was Triumph boss John Bloor's decision to abandon the modular format with which his firm had entered the market in 1991. Modular design involved several different models sharing many components, and had proved a cost-effective way of developing a range of bikes rapidly. But it involved too many compromises for a competitive super-sports machine.