confused as to
the "beauty kits" for a given year, were the colours for the bread bins and the repalcement beauty kits "supposed" to be the same.
As others have posted, strictly-speaking, "beauty kits" were '69-only - a kit of parts to change the appearance of bikes already in the US but not selling.
Otoh, for 1970, Meriden produced two versions as they did in every other range - 'UK & General Export' with a breadbin tank and "North American Variant" with essentially 'beauty kit' parts factory-fitted.
'71-on, there were simply a 'UK & General Export' version - essentially breadbin tank and corresponding slightly shorter seat, low handlebars - and 'US' version - "teardrop"(?) tank and corresponding slightly longer seat, high 'bars. Other parts that had been changed by a 'beauty kit' were common to both versions.
'69 beauty kit and '70 NAV tanks were different colours from corresponding breadbin tanks but, in subsequent years, the colours were either the same or very similar.
If you go to http://www.triplesonline.com/
and click on "The Bikes..." and then "Triumph T150 Trident" in the drop-down, nine images should display and, while they aren't all correctly-captioned, should give you a good idea.
Fi, the incorrect ones are:-
. "1970 T150" - as you can see, the image is identical to the "1969 T150". In reality, the "1970 UK spec" breadbin tank was Olympic Flame (a dark orange) with a Silver panel on each side - similar to the "1973 T150V - UK spec" image - and the sidepanels, although similar to those in the "1969 T150" image, were Black.
. The tank and sidepanels in the "1971 T150 - UK spec" image are the same as '69 'beauty kit' but the rest of the bike - forks, brakes, etc. - give it away as '71.
. Those same tank and sidepanels were also fitted certainly to most '70 "North American Variant" and they're what's seen on nearly all restored '70 T150 NAV today; however, some NAV might've had the 'beauty kit' tank also done in Olympic Flame & Silver; sadly, fewer than 300 real '1970' T150's of both versions were made and the dispatch books don't list the colours.
. Past TOL forum posts confirm early 1971 T150's did look like the "1971 T150 - UK spec" image ... but they went to Canada and the US ...
However, by the time the 5-speed AMA homologation batch were built in January 1971, they were Black and White like the "1971 T150 - US spec" image. All the 1971 UK spec. T150's I've known had a breadbin tank in Black & White similar to the pattern in the "1973 T150V - UK spec" image.
. "1974 T150V - UK spec" also looked like the "1973 T150V - UK spec" image but the tank panel was mostly Gold or Yellow. That said, Small Heath did produce a batch of '74 T150's with Black & Red US-market tanks, the difference is '73 sidepanel badges are Silver letters on a Red background, all '74 are Gold on a Black background.
. Missing from the images are any of a '73 Series 1 ...
the two "1973" images are of the more-common Series 2 T150's with front disc brake, large rear lamp, etc.; otoh, '73 Series 1 look more like '72 - conical-hub front brake, small rear lamp, etc.
Styling aside, imho Meriden missed two tricks with particularly the '69 colours. Breadbin tank and sidepanels in one unrelieved colour was A Bad Idea; Aquamarine was a colour Triumph had used before, as recently as the the '68 T100's, but the latter's coloured parts were a mixture of Aquamarine & Silver. I've seen both a breadbin in Aquamarine & Silver patterned like the '73 (and '74) breadbins, and a 'beauty-kitted' T150 with Aquamarine & Silver tank in the 'beauty kit' pattern and retaining the rayguns. While I'm not a breadbin fan, imho both were an improvement on both standards.
Were all UK bikes supplied with the Ogle styling or was it mixed up?
'71-on, mixed afaik, the 'US' styling appealed to many owners everywhere in the world; otoh, it might have been difficult to get a breadbin tank on a new bike in the US?
read the Ogle design was 20 kg heavier
Nah ... probably started by someone who'd looked at a picture of a triple ...
One advantage of the www and forums like this is people who actually own and ride these old heaps can rubbish the old wives' tales.
I have never understood why US tanks
hold so much less gas
In the case of the T150 tanks, there isn't that much difference - breadbin ~4.5 UK gallons, US ~3.8 UK gallons. Even the T160 tanks are only one UK gallon bigger/smaller than each other (the "2.5 gallons" US tank size in many T160 specs. is a misprint, it's officially 3.5 gallons and more like 3.8 in reality
Bear in mind the reason Meriden produced the 'beauty kit' so quickly was the styling had been worked up before the triples' September 1968 launch - many at Meriden had assumed the T150 would be styled like the contemporary twins and the styling work-up included using the bigger TR6R tank, itself a basic shape that'd been around since the pre-units. When Meriden staff saw the chosen triples styling and then sales proved the doom-mongers and teeth-suckers right, everyone was only too happy to do down "Mecca" as quickly as possible ... (BSA Group Development at Umberslade Hall was allegedly so-nicknamed (amongst others
) because - in a West Midlands accent - "Whatever they do, they always mekka balls of it."
). The pimple-sized '71-on Rocket 3 'US market' tank seems to have been Umberslade Hall replicating the basic Meriden idea - modify an existing tank - without understanding the Meriden detail - modify an existing big
UK versions, where our roads are so much shorter and the distance between gas station so much less.
distances between British petrol
(please!) stations might be less than many in the US, but even I can recall challenges finding an open one on a Sunday in some parts of Scotland and Wales in the days before supermarkets and automated point-of-sale. Also, "UK" was actually "UK & General Export"; even just in western Europe, when fuel is required, there seem to be vast tracts where no-one lives and therefore no filling stations, never mind the rural passion for not opening on Sundays and Bank Holidays ...