2011 Shannons Melbourne Winter Classic Auction
Lot
45

c1972 Triumph T150 Trident 750cc Motorcycle

$13,500

Sold

Specifications

Engine 750cc Triple Cyl
Gearbox 4-Speed Manual
Colour Purple/White
Trim Black Vinyl

Description

This lot is no longer available

1968's Triumph Trident was to be the last major motorcycle to be developed by the original Triumph Engineering Co Ltd business. Designed to be badge engineered with co-owned BSA (who sold the bike under the 'Rocket Three' nameplate, though with the engine slanted) it presented quite an upgrade for the company with the installation of a vertically installed 750cc 'Triple' cylinder motor to assist it in the bike power race against the Japanese and American bikes of the era. This motor produced some 58bhp (43kw) and were considered the first mass-produced, multi-cylinder motorbikes, though it lacked the OHV and electric start technology of the Honda 750cc released later that year. From 1972 a front disc brake was introduced to the Trident but BSA's financial troubles put paid to any further significant development.

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