Archive for ‘Triumph Trident’

June 17, 2018

Orange is not the only fruit

Hurricane – in an attempt to win over a flagging US customer Triumph and BSA employed industrial designer Craig Vetter to create bodywork for the new and fast triple that would appeal to the American market. Though a BSA Rocket Three at heart, by the time the X75 was released it was emblazoned with a Triumph badge. The deep orange with yellow swoosh are inspired with an hourglass shape that provides a sexy line to this muscle of a motorbike. Triple stacked silencers on the timing size are keenly futuristic. This example was built by Ed Zender for a customer. He says it runs well with a powerful and tight power unit. In the sun it’s a sublime example of a special British motorcycle.

May 17, 2018

The Rocket

A Full Head of Steam – Fill the boiler, stoke the fires, crank the flywheel, spin the governor. The Age of Steam Power fed the Industrial Revolution the explosion of society that would eventually become modern times. Some inventive folk like to adorn Victorian garb and assume an air of a contemporary age still driven under James Watt’s engines. Steampunk! Here’s a custom Triumph Triple set up as as if it were a 19th Century era Motorcycle.

May 9, 2018

Black Cat Turquoise Trident

The Mother Road – beautiful crisp graphic art by Antonio Ortega showing a MotoGirl sitting recumbent on her speeding triple. A lucky cat sits contentedly at pillion. All is Good in the World.

May 2, 2018

Triple Trust

Simple Truth –

April 30, 2018

Scissors

Rayguns – the signature exhaust mufflers of Triumph’s T150 sounded a heraldic trumpet to other bikers as the Trident hared past them.

Very seventies photography with blurring focus and a hint of movement during exposure.

April 5, 2018

Moto Parameters

Specifications

Make Model

Triumph Trident T150 750

Year

1968 – 70

Engine

Tansverse three cylinder, pushrod OHV, 2 valves per cylinder

Capacity

741 cc / 45.2 cu in

Bore x Stroke

67 x 70.5 mm

Compression Ratio

9.0:1

Cooling

Air cooled

Lubrication

Dry sump

Induction

3 x 26 mm Amal MK1 carburetors

Ignition

Individual points & coils

Starting

Kick

Max Power

58 hp @ 7250 rpm

Transmission

4 Speed, constant mesh

Final Drive

Chain

Gear Ratios

1st 13.00 / 2nd 9.00 / 3rd 6.64 / 4th 5.26:1

Frame

Single downtube, duplex cradle

Front

Telescopic fork, hydraulic

Rear

Swingarm, dual shocks

F Brakes

8 in TLS drum

R Brakes

7 in TLS drum

Front Tyre

3.25-19, Dunlop K70

Rear Tyre

4.10-19, Dunlop K70

Dimensions

Length: 86.0 in

Width:   33.0 in

Height:  43.5 in

Wheelbase

56.3 in

Ground Clearance

6.5 in

Seat Height

32 in

Dry Weight

460 lbs

Fuel

5.0 US gal / 4.2 Imp gal

Top Speed

105 mph

March 27, 2018

Strange Case

Dr Jekyll – the beast within. Specialist motorcycle performance component guru Norman Hyde has a solid history in making Triumph run quicker and faster. Under the tutelage of Doug Hele at the Triumph Racing Development Department he cut his teeth on making Bonneville’s and Tridents go like the clappers. Records were made on the drag strips with his meticulously engineered machines. Norman looks rather dapper in his weskit & jaiket astride a newer Bonneville for which he’s developed many performance parts.

My Bonneville has Norman Hyde rearsets and clubman handlebars… well, I think it goes quicker…

March 25, 2018

From Both Sides

Face Left – Face Right

Looking like a proper motorcycle, this Triumph T150 Trident has all you need to enjoy the roads on two-wheels. Speed with Style. What more can one want?

March 6, 2018

One on the Side

Jade Chair – seafoam pearl combination mounted to a suitable Trident ready for the driver and passenger. Operating an outfit is on my to-do list…

February 13, 2018

Custard Speed

Yellow Peril – Privateer racer John Parker built this Trident in the late seventies successfully competing in over 100 races.

Fettling includes: a Norman Hyde big bore kit; a Rob North frame; a stroked crankshaft; works cams; works steel-billet con-rods; lightened timing gears; triple Amal 30mm carburettors; works specification valves; Lucas RITA electronic ignition; a Quaife 5-speed close-ratio gear box; Ceriani forks; Essex wheel hubs; Borrani alloy wheel rims; Twin Lockheed front brake calipers; and a 3-into-1 exhaust system.

Fast? You betcha!

February 8, 2018

Dinosaur

Skeletal Remains – like some machine archaeology the bare bones of a Trident frame and accessory components hint at a fully assembled and running motorcycle. Fossil remnants of a T-Rex giant lizard displayed through the interior spaces of a museum are only a cursory attempt at the frightening might they must have been. Likewise this assemblage of rolling chassis need fleshed-out to achieve brutal speed along a roadway.

February 1, 2018

The Gordon Clan

Homage to Loewy- further examples of Alastair Laurie’s ballistic bikes. Sleek machines which practically need a pilots license for sub-orbital flight.

January 31, 2018

a dhà

Special Three – polished to a high speed. Isle of Man custom racer with blown engine from 1981 built by scot Alistair Laurie. Hailing from Dalbeattie, Dumfries in The Borders he took great pains to ensure integrity with lightness and style.

January 30, 2018

See Through

X-Ray Spex – cutaway engine with internals visible. Typically the sliced faces are in red and a hidden motor drives the contraption so the workings can be seen in motion. Best way to see engineering at work!

January 27, 2018

Side by Side

Combination Lock – ready to drive around the Ring of Kerry with your partner by your side is this emerald patterned sidecar outfit a la Trident. Quite daring in its appearance but back in those days all this psychedelic were the rage.

“Oh, we ain’t got a barrel of money,

Maybe we’re ragged and funny

But we’ll travel along

Singing a song

Side by side.”