Triumph Trident History

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Triumph Trident (1968-1975)

British motorcycles ruled the late sixties, when from the U.S. market for larger and more powerful

As early as 1962, the BSA company, who Triumph, were working on a multi-cylinder engine design. The was a 750cc machine without the associated with the parallel-twin and without the bulk of a four-cylinder

By 1965, engineer Bert and designer Doug Hele had a three-cylinder prototype. Based on the parallel-twin, the OHV motor was slightly using a 67mm bore by …. The crankshaft rotated in the direction as the wheels, with a drive chain connecting the to the multi-plate clutch. Final was also chain.

Each cylinder had its own Amal and the ignition system used sets of points, each its own coil.

The BSA Company chose to their own version of the triple-cylinder which used a different, heavier frame. This production of both models for a year.

Triumph Trident

The Triumph Trident and BSA Rocket 3 finally available to the American in 1969, the former keeping its frame and holding the motor while the latter used a downtube, pitching the cylinders Producing 58 horsepower at 7250 the Trident could cover the quarter-mile in under 13 seconds, and a top speed of 115 mph. This new 500 large-displacement touring machine was by many at the time to be the best bike of all time — but not for

Honda released its CB750-4 in the of 1969, a motorcycle that had the American market was looking electric start, front brakes, five-speed gearbox, and shift — all standard. In alone, Honda sold 30,000 CB750s in the U.S.

afterwards, Kawasaki unleashed the 500cc Mach 3 Triple, a machine that was smaller, and faster than anything on the That was until late when Kawasaki put out their 900cc Z1. The super-bike era had begun.

The Japanese companies, subsidized by government, were able to bikes efficiently and sell cheaply. Meanwhile, the British poor marketing decisions and projects contributed to major problems.

Triumph Trident

In 1972, the four-speed Trident was to a five-speed, and now called the T150V. The front drum was replaced by a disc brake, and the steering found on earlier models was Electric-start Tridents started in late 1974 as 1975

Trident T160

A new steel whose design owed to Triumph’s successful factory racers, now had the Trident sharing the forward-sloping cylinders. New front were slightly steeper and and pivoted on taper-roller steering bearings. The new swingarm was longer. new were the seat, sidepanels, system, and 5.8 gallon tank. ratio increased from to 9.5:1.

The 125-mph Trident T160 is by many to be the definitive British

The Triumph Company had suffered financial losses by 1971. their government intervening, merged with ailing who had recently merged with The new company, calling themselves (NVT), carried on for several years, but was never able to By 1976 both Triumph and BSA gone.

In all, over Rocket3/Tridents were produced.

On The Racetrack

Tridents were one of the successful race bikes of time, dominating the 750cc in Europe and in the U.S. In the early Trident Triples scored of wins at tracks such as Park, Brands Hatch, Le Talladega and Thruxton.

At their first Daytona in 1970, Tridents took the top qualifying speeds, with a speed of 165.44 mph, and in second and third place. In the Daytona race, Tridents first, second and third. place went to Dick who had won the year before on a Honda.

racing seasons yielded more victories at the hands of such as John Cooper, Ray and Percy Tait.

Perhaps the famous racing Triumph was the racer nicknamed ‘Slippery This race-prepared Trident fourth place in its first at the Isle of Man Production TT, and won first in the next five consecutive of Man races (1971 to 1975).

Norton Triumph Prototype
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