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1973 Triumph Trident T 150V
by allflatblack on 08/27/09 3:50 am

Here is the '73/'72 (Vin says '73 but still has conical hub)
I restored it from a heap a couple of years ago. It was my first British bike, and one hell of an education. It has been used in about ten fashion ads, Polo, Ralph Lauren, Banana Republic, Redken and a few more. Posted is a Polo shot from a few years ago.
The bike was sold to me as a "fresh rebuild" That means it needed a complete engine rebuild, I have set it up with PWK carbs and the Tri-spark singlefire ignition. I am still getting it tuned into the zone however-It goes like hell on the road, starts first or second kick cold. It really does not like to idle, but at least I have eliminated almost every oil leak!

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#280312 - 10/22/09 6:45 pm Re: 1973 Triumph Trident T 150V [Re: allflatblack]  
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Originally Posted By: allflatblack
It was my first British bike, and one hell of an education.

Tell me about it. My first Brit bike was a 74 T150V. Took me years to get it right.

Originally Posted By: allflatblack

It really does not like to idle, but at least I have eliminated almost every oil leak!

Mine had the original carbs. The only times it would idle at the specified 500rpm was when the weather was British, cool and damp.
Nice ride. Hope you can stop it with the comical front brake.


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#305086 - 03/27/10 12:27 am Re: 1973 Triumph Trident T 150V [Re: DavidP]  
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my first brit bike was a '69/71 Trident hybrid that had been modified in some extremely interesting ways. it had an AJS timing cover welded on with a distributer from god knows what in some kind of custom bracket - it had been raced in some kind of local Vintage class and ran like a scalded cat.
because it had low oil pressure reading at the center main bearing the owner sold it to me for... $300!!
Along with an entire 2nd rolling chassis (with engine) and about 6 boxes full of parts.
I rode it for two years and never had the main bearing fail on me, including a road trip from MPLS to Aspen, CO and back with the *only* problem being a Zener Diode that went out somewhere in South Dakota. in some kind of crazy karmic deal I lucked into meeting the guy who probably had the only Zener Diode for about 1000mi - $25 later and we were back on the road.
I get misty eyed thinking about that bike - I sold her about 2 1/2 years after I got her for about $2000 - minus the '57 Thunderbird tank that it came with which I kept and still have.

I kick myself about 5 times a day sometimes for all the Brit Bikes I bought for less than $500 and which I no longer own. What was I thinking selling all that beautiful iron??
I'd have quite a stable if I had kept even just a few.
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anyway, love your bike - if you want to sell it let me know!

cheers,
b

Last edited by bobthebob; 03/27/10 12:29 am.


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