1974 Triumph T150V Trident

Essentially a ‘Tiger-and-a-half’, the Triumph and BSA 750cc triples were launched in the UK in 1969 as the first modern multi-cylinder superbike. Not a “parts bin” exercise by any stretch, the bike was magical. In race trim, the triple won all over the world, including a dominating 1-2-3 sweep at the 1971 Daytona 200.

Differences between the Triumph Trident and BSA Rocket III were more than just cosmetic: the two models used different frames and in BSA guise the motor’s cylinder block was inclined forwards. Only the Trident survived the Group’s collapse in 1972, continuing as the T150V (with five-speed gearbox) and later the T160 (using the BSA-type, inclined engine). The number of important production race victories achieved (notably by the works Triumph ‘Slippery Sam’) is testimony to how effective a triple can be.

The bike on offer here was in long-term ownership by the deceased owner, who worked with Dean Collinson for several years in his shop. Offered in perfectly original condition, unmolested and unpainted from the factory specs. As can be seen, the condition is superb. Collinson sympathetically overhauled the believed-to-be 21,000 original mileage bike, doing everything necessary to make it run perfectly. And that it does. The bike starts easily, idles well and runs fantastically. It shifts perfectly through all gears with a good clutch, brakes well and there are no squeaks or odd sounds from the suspension. All electrical systems work as they should.

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Location: Santa Monica, California, United States