1970 Triumph T100C “Trophy” SINGLE CARB 500cc twin
Original California Triumph with original CA blue license plate. Has matching frame and engine numbers and comes with a clear California “pink slip” title. (Bike is located in Henderson, NV 89052). This Triumph starts first kick and runs good but it smokes and leaks oil. It has been a fun bike but I don’t ride it as much as I should and it needs work so I’m passing it on to someone else who can enjoy it as I have.
I purchased this Trophy in 2015 from the second owner who lived in the Bay Area. The bike had spent most of it’s life in Berkeley and during that time explored the scenic trails and fire roads of the beautiful Sacramento / San Jose areas. If this bike could talk I’m sure it would have many stories to tell.
The bike had been set up as a real dual purpose / enduro type bike with popular goodies of the time like the polished Ceriani front end, Magura controls levers, and low-geared oversized rear sprocket. The frame and all other steel parts were nickel plated too (like Rickman frames). The engine runs real strong making me think that it may have performance camshafts in the engine. It also has the rare WIDE RATIO gear box which works well with off-road use. Transmission shifts very nice too. Bike is also set up with a Lucas capacitor (battery eliminator) so no battery is needed to run the engine. A battery can be easily added for better lighting if desired (original battery tray is still in place).
The majority of this machine is original 1970 Triumph as it left the factory (other than the front end). There are no modern inferior aftermarket parts on it. The caretakers of this Trophy obviously used it over the years, but also took pretty good care of it as well. Most of the hardware is original, it has the original LUCAS headlight / taillight & wiring harness, original shocks, original stainless rear fender (not cracked) and It still retains its original seat. Gas tank is clean inside (no rust or sealer) but the rear mounting tab has been reinforced due to it cracking at some point (very common issue with Triumph 500 tanks). It also has new correct style petcocks.
I would say this is a good start to a nice “period custom” restoration project. Like I stated, the engine does smoke and leak oil so it will need attention soon. I would consider a full rebuild.
1970 is one of the best years for Triumph 500’s plus the combination of the good Ceriani front end and Wide Ratio gear box make it a really fun bike to ride off-road and it deserves a proper rebuild.
Location: Henderson, Nevada, United States
See listing: 1970 Triumph T100C Trophy (from November 24, 2020)