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Early Trident Beauty Kit colors #92370
05/16/06 10:48 pm
05/16/06 10:48 pm
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I have a book by a guy named "Duckworth" I think. On the cover, and inside the book, is a picture of a Trident what looks like gold w/black wings, just like the '71 Bonnevilles, labled as the "1968 Beauty
Kit".

I thought the first Tridents were '69 - were there "68 1/2" models? And I thought the first Beauty Kits were 1970, in the green/black color scheme.

I have heard that this photo might be a green one, and the apparent gold color is an artifact of the camera flash. Sure looks gold though.

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Re: Early Trident Beauty Kit colors #92371
05/17/06 2:32 am
05/17/06 2:32 am
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My books are in the garage with the bikes so I'm going from memory here, Bruce.

If memory serves, the Tridents came out in Oct. 1968. 68 1/2? 69s? Never had that one fully clarified.

I've seen the pic of the gold and black Trident also. Looks gold to me. But the caption I read is that this was the 1970 "beauty kit."

I may have to stick with the gold opinion as the same book has the aquamarine 1969 in a black and white photo as is the photo of the "gold" bike. The aqua appears black while the other bike's tank does indeed appear gold.

Probably doesn't help you a bit as there are finer researchers out there than this one.

Take it as an opinion vote that the bike is gold.

Richard


1977 T-140V
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Re: Early Trident Beauty Kit colors #92372
05/17/06 2:38 am
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Hi Bruce,

Quote:
Originally posted by Bruce Lowe:
I have a book by a guy named "Duckworth" I think.
"Triumph and BSA Triples" by Mick Duckworth - very knowledegeable guy.

Quote:
Originally posted by Bruce Lowe:
On the cover, and inside the book, is a picture of a Trident what looks like gold w/black wings,
I have heard that this photo might be a green one, and the apparent gold color is an artifact of the camera flash.
The colour is known as 'Spring Gold', which is actually a dark green shade. It's a 'candy', which means the colour you see is achieved by spraying a tinted translucent lacquer over a 'ground' coat - in this case gold. I'd agree that the colour you're seeing in the photo. is a combination of the way the light caught the curve of the tank when the photo. was taken and the subsequent production process.

Quote:
Originally posted by Bruce Lowe:
labled as the "1968 Beauty Kit".
A misprint - should be '1969'.

Quote:
Originally posted by Bruce Lowe:
I thought the first Tridents were '69
The first Tridents (and Rocket 3's) were 1969 *season* (aka 'model year') bikes. In fact, final assembly of the first bikes started in July 1968, in order that there would be a stockpile of bikes in the US for the models' September 1968 launch. All '69 Tridents were originally assembled and shipped with the big oblong tank and Aquamarine colour scheme.

Quote:
Originally posted by Bruce Lowe:
And I thought the first Beauty Kits were 1970,
That the BSA Group had badly over-estimated the likely sales of triples in the US market, where the bulk of production was directed, had become obvious certainly by March 1969, because there's a dramatic reduction in production numbers from that month. Triumph's response was to produce, and ship mainly to the US, the 'beauty kit' - tank, 'guards, sidepanels, exhaust system and numerous other small bits. This could be fitted by importer or dealer and transformed the looks of a Trident to be more like the contemporary Triumph twins; nothing similar was done for the Rocket 3.

A very small number of triples were produced in the 1970 season and, of the total 287/288 Tridents, a small number were built with most of the 'beauty kit' bits - officially called the '1970 North American Variant' by Meriden.

I have seen US magazine roadtests that label a 'beauty-kitted' triple as the '1970 model'. However, the magazines must've tested a '69 bike because 1970 Tridents weren't built until April and May of that year. The way to tell a 'beauty-kitted' triple from a genuine 1970 is the 'year letter' in the VIN - only if it's a 'D' was it 1970-built.

Hth.

Regards,

Re: Early Trident Beauty Kit colors #92373
05/17/06 5:15 pm
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See Bruce, I told you there were some brainy people here.

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