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Hello,

A childhood friend, who emigrated to Canada 23 years ago, has just returned to clear her fathers house (U.K) and organise his funeral, as he died 3 days ago.
She called me up as she knows I own and restore bikes, and she gave me her old Yamaha YB100 which was in the garage. For this kindness, and the fact she has a great deal to do as she’s only here for 12 days, I have offered to help clear the property.
In the garage I have found her fathers 1975 Triumph Trident T160. It’s got a few parts missing, like the ignition barrel, and a few parts are removed and sitting on the floor etc, but it’s fairly tidy and complete. Last on the road in 2007.
British classic bikes aren’t my bag (Japanese, mainly Honda, sorry !). I know this is a frowned upon question, and it depends on variables etc, but can you please give me an idea of value ? I can only find good condition runners, so not particularly helpful. It really needs to go quickly, as time is of the essence, so auction sites aren’t really an option. Positive responses only please. I’m helping out a friend in need as a favour.
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Hang on….my technophobic brain, may have engaged…..

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I'd try 3.5 thou if engine turns. Actually being in your position I'd offer her it and restore it to sell it for 7 - 9.. Not many was made and prices went up substantially for them.

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I'm looking at a similar scenario, but my friend had two 1974 Nortons. Probably about the same condition. I'm being told that 3500 to 4000 USD for each is a good price.


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Hugh and Adam are I think reflecting on values in North America.
T160s are more regarded in UK than US/Canada.
Having said that the bike has not run for 14 years, it has non standard paint and non standard front brake (as fitted to the earlier 71/72 Trident T150s)
Also the switch and warning light console is missing.
I would estimate a value in UK of 2.5-3K GBP.
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Stuart is in the UK and heavily into triples, so might have a better feel for the current UK market,
I don't know if he frequents the Rod & Tappet, but posting a similar query on the Triples forum might get his attention.
Triplesonline seems to have been rather quiet of late, but an enquiry there may yield assistance as well.

From the pictures, the late owner seems to have been more interested in riding than "correctness", hence the non-standard items that Tridentman pointed out, along with the replacement indicators and 3-into-1 exhaust system.

For what it's worth, Tridentman's UK estimate seems to be quite in line with Australian prices as well.

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There are quite a few British Bike dealers down here the the south west of England, who may well be interested in purchasing it from your friend, within her time constraints.
Here's a few you could try for starters:

Originally MCS from Leytonstone London now in Bodmin Cornwall https://www.motorcyclewebsite.com/item/m-c-s/
Lanivet Motors in Cornwall https://lanivetmotors.wixsite.com/website?utm_source=CarandClassic.co.uk&utm_medium=portal
KBH in Totnes Devon https://kbhmotorcycles.co.uk/
Skye Classics in Looe Cornwall http://www.skye-classic-motorcycles.co.uk/
Monty's Classic Motorcycle in Callington Cornwall http://www.montysclassicmotorcycles.com/

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So long story short, I now own it. She was struggling with it being her dads bike and the memories associated with it, and wanted it to go to a good home. So I gave her a fair price for it, and can now make sure it ends up with someone who will appreciate it.The money I gave her will cover a professional house clearance team to come in and remove everything from the entire property, so that’s one less thing for her to worry about too.
Thanks for the responses. I attempt to put up some more pics once I’ve given it a good wash and made it look a bit more presentable.

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Originally Posted by TheGeneral
So long story short, I now own it. She was struggling with it being her dads bike and the memories associated with it, and wanted it to go to a good home. So I gave her a fair price for it, and can now make sure it ends up with someone who will appreciate it.
It's nice when a bike with sentimental attachment ends up with a family member or friend.

The customisations are part of the machine's history, so it would be nice to just tidy it up and not restore it to standard.
Having said that, T160s a re fast and heavy, so the conical hub front brake will be borderline at best. Actually, it looks like it might be a complete 1971 front end, so it would be better to try to find a disc brake front end. And preferably convert it to twin disc.

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Shane, I would have think the original forks were bent in an accident otherwise there would be no reason to downgrade to a conical hub.


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I find the conical brake really marginal on a T150.
The T160 is heavier than the T150 so I don't think that I would ride a T160 with a conical brake.
Just my two centsworth of course.

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Shane, I would have think the original forks were bent in an accident otherwise there would be no reason to downgrade to a conical hub.
That thought crossed my mind as well.

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Originally Posted by Tridentman
I find the conical brake really marginal on a T150.
The T160 is heavier than the T150 so I don't think that I would ride a T160 with a conical brake.
Just my two centsworth of course.
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I had a comical on my T150, just too much lever effort to stop.
Properly set up it works okay on a twin, but it's not up to stopping the extra weight of a triple.
Please post questions to the Triples forum and join Triplesonline.com. A lot of good information and helpful people.


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I’ll bring him $6500 cash for both of those Norton’s!


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