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Classic Motorcycles – The Triumph Trident

The Triumph Trident or BSA Rocket 3, (the main difference being that the BSA's cylinder block slanted forward) was designed by Triumph and launched in 1968 in response to the emerging Japanese multi cylinder machines, which threatened the whole British motorcycle industry.
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1972 Triumph Trident Triumph V

tb20080908.jpg 1972 Triumph Trident Triumph V

Clean, restored 1972 Trident V. Engine new throughout, freshly ground crank, new bore/pistons, all new bearings, fresh paint. Later model 5-speed gears (not the very early warrenty-replacement parts). Run very little, barely broken in, starts right up, purrs like a kitten, runs crisp and strong. Original points, some of us consider this not a bug but a feature. New battery, new Avon tires. Some frame accessory parts powder-coated, such as footpeg brackets, brake pedal, etc, including chainguard and seat pan. But the main frame and swingarm is the original black paint, in very good condition.

A few warts - front brake not very effective, this vintage conical front hub was not their best. Original choke installed, relatively easy to start, but when warmed up, on throttle down the idle races a bit before it settles down. Removing the choke makes it idle better, but starting involves more ticke-tickle-kick-kick. I've seen another bike with the choke cable routed differently, this might improve things. Clutch drags a bit, just enough to make finding neutral at a stop light tricky. Coasting with hands off, seems to pull to one side a little, but the forks/tripletree looks very straight, fork tubes parallel. Non-original mufflers, general lookalike (somewhat) after-market. Some evidence of rust in the tank, original petcocks have their fine screen filters rotted away, but the tank has been cleaned and fuel is flowing clean. Small dent in gas tank on one side, not visible in photos. Spot on upper edge of left side cover where seat hinge dings the paint, visible in photos. Non-original Smiths gauges, not sure which model these units with the blue-white arrow came from. Continue reading