Triumph Trident T160 (1973-1975)

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1973 to 1975

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Submitted by User 90051 (not verified) on Wed, 27/02/2013 - 13:01

Overall Review

No need to recommend this bike now, as they don't make it any more, and it will not be as good as a modern bike. But if you are a collector you will know all that. At the time this was the best bike I had ever ridden, the only bike I had ever bought new and I thoroughly loved it.

Strengths

I bought this bike new in 1974, the only new bike I have ever had. I kept it for 4 years, during which time I put 50,000 miles on it. Apart from a Boyer electronic ignition I didn't alter the bike. (I did try a pair of 'tuned' silencers but it made the engine more peaky and the noise drove me mad, so I flogged those). I loved that bike, I only flogged it when I went overseas to work and could no longer give it the home it deserved. I hardly ever cleaned the bike and I rode it all year round. It seemed reasonably resistant to corrosion. Apart from routine servicing it never needed a spanner.

Weaknesses

Getting used to the brake and gear pedals on the 'wrong' side! This was the first Triumph for the domestic market with the gear shift on the left, as far as I know. The bike felt heavy and at first I rode it like my previous twin which had no rev counter, so I just listened to the noise and changed gear when I thought it was right. I was wrong. This thing suddenly starts to pull at over 4000rpm and I was riding it at much lower rpms to start with. That was a relief - I thought I had bought something sluggish!

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Submitted by oldboy54 on Thu, 14/01/2016 - 08:55

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If I could only have one Classic bike I'd have one of these, but prices are getting silly.

Strengths

This was my second big bike, bought new in 1975 and went to the TT many times and all over the UK. Well made (see cons)in most respects and drew admiring glances even in those days. When I visit the one in the British Motorcycle museum tears come to my eyes. I could just write the same words as the first review, we obviously think the same. She seemed powerful in her day (which she was)but the old gremlins of British bikes haunted her. Nevertheless this was the bike that in 45 years of biking left the biggest imprint on me. Smooth engine,handled reasonably well and fairly reliable.

Weaknesses

The gearbox arrangement (shaft)was a poor compromise, never had any trouble but expected it. Poor quality and porous castings on rocker covers left me covered in oil until I solved it by Araldite. Dry clutch was never great, ok but not a patch on Jap wet clutches.Electric start a joke, never worked properly but didn't bother me at all.

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Submitted by oldjohn1951 on Mon, 25/01/2016 - 14:13

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This IS the classic bike to buy. They turn up in various conditions. However--Caveat Emptor. Inspect thoroughly before you decide to buy. Know what you are in for and honestly estimate how much time and money you figure on spending. Get prices on parts and outside labor before jumping in.

Strengths

Absolutely timeless classic bike; extremely fast and still is today. Owner serviceable to a great degree w/ lots of parts (and better made ones) available.

Weaknesses

1975 was a long time ago and technology marches on. Its shortcomings become apparent: weak stock ignition, clutch from a Mini-Cooper that is prone to glazing, overheating in stop and go traffic (a huge no-no) and owners that "McGyvered" repairs over the years.

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