PRE-HINCKLEYHINCKLEY Be­cause the first 89 years of Tri­umph’s his­tory should never be left be­hind. Neil Mur­ray makes a liv­ing buy­ing & sell­ing pre-loved metal – and he’s on your side

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage - By Phil West

X75 Hur­ri­cane (1973)

The strik­ing X75 is an aside to the whole BSA Rocket 3/ Tri­umph Tri­dent story. More BSA than Tri­umph, it was the re­sult of BSA USA com­mis­sion­ing cus­tomiser Craig Vet­ter to restyle the Rocket 3 to put one over Tri­umph. Its unique swoop­ing body­work, ex­tended forks and triple pipes did just that. Un­for­tu­nately, by the time the Hur­ri­cane en­tered pro­duc­tion, BSA had closed forc­ing an ironic re-badge, al­beit still us­ing BSA (in­clined cylin­der) en­gines and other parts. Ex­pen­sive and im­prac­ti­cal, just 1152 were made.

‘Les Har­ris’ Bon­neville (1985-89)

Af­ter Meri­den’s col­lapse in 1983 parts spe­cial­ist Les Har­ris bought the tool­ing and parts and was granted a li­cence to build the T140. From 1985 to 1988 (when the li­cence ex­pired) he pro­duced 1255 ma­chines, mostly dis­tin­guished by hav­ing Magura switchgear, Paioli forks, and Lafran­coni si­lencers.

Thun­der­bird 650 (1949-1966)

Big-bore, semi-cruiser ver­sion of the 500cc Speed Twin was orig­i­nally launched in 1949 and aimed at the US mar­ket. It was the Meri­den firm’s most pow­er­ful (un­til the 1959 Bon­neville) and flag­ship ma­chine through­out the 1950s and gained fame by be­ing the bike rid­den by Mar­lon Brando in the 1953 movie The Wild Oneone.


What you’ll pay to­day But should you?

Less cel­e­brated than the later Bon­neville but just as classy and ar­guably bet­ter value.

T160V Tri­dent (1975)

ex­posed the roads are. I kept an eye on the hor­i­zon­tal wind­socks that lined the route, mak­ing sure I kept as re­laxed as pos­si­ble. The Har­ley’s not de­signed to travel at speed but I wanted get to my fuel stop as quickly as pos­si­ble so I was push­ing on. When I filled up the higher speed had re­duced my fuel economy to a dis­ap­point­ing 42mpg. I found my fin­ger­tips were tin­gling be­cause of vi­bra­tions through the han­dle­bars − not pleas­ant, but bear­able.

Turn­ing off the mo­tor­way at last to find drier roads and a few sweep­ing bends, I was able to lower the speeds, lift my head and en­joy the fi­nal 20 miles of the ride. See­ing La Mai­son du Foster come into view, I couldn’t wait to get off the bike, stretch my rather weary legs and en­joy a chilled glass of rosé!

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