Hogs in the ‘hood: Triumph Trident

A Triumph Trident spotted on the streets of Williamsburg...

A Triumph Trident spotted on the streets of Williamsburg…

There is no question that the Triumph Bonneville has made a roaring comeback, with the reissue becoming one of the best selling European bikes today.  Even restored Bonneville’s have become more commonplace here in Brooklyn, which is why we revel in seeing one of the less common models.  This Triumph Trident is a rare find ’round these parts…

A modified Triumph Trident: ready to ride…

The Triumph Trident has a maze of exhaust pipes extending from the triple cylinder head...

The Triumph Trident has a maze of exhaust pipes extending from the triple cylinder head…

The Triumph Trident T150 was made between 1968 and 1974.  The Trident, a triple cylinder, air cooled motor creating 58hp, was the last bike assembled at the legendary Meriden factory.  Designed to be smoother than the previous singles and twins, the 741cc bike set its sight on the US market, and would eventually come head-to-head with the dominating Honda CB750.  Rumors of the 4-cylinder CB750 had been swirling for a while, and the Brits needed something that would compete.

The first Triumph Trident prototype was begun in 1962 along with the sister BSA Rocket 3.  By this point, the two companies had merged, and although the BSA Rocket would be a different machine, they were developed in tandem.   Completed in 1965, housed in a Bonneville frame, the Trident was expensive for the American market, coming in with a price tag of $1800 in 1970.  The yanks had to admit the bike was fast though, and to help boost sales, the BSA Rocket 3 was used to set some speed records at Daytona (finally broken in 1971 by the Kawasaki H1).

A unique, but classic front end...

A unique, but classic front end…

By 1973, the less expensive Bonneville had increased displacement to 750cc as well, so the pricey Triumph Trident had become unnecessary in the Triumph line-up.

This version, spotted on the streets of Williamsburg, has been ridden.  We love to see a rare bike with the tell-tale sign of use, and this Triumph Trident certainly has those signs in spades.  There has been some work to the rear section, with a more race-shaped tail.  The silver=sparkle paint seems to fit it nicely, and the grease and oil showing on the engine says this thing is ready to ride…

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