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Old 02-20-2011, 09:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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1969 Triumph Trident ?

A buddy who is new to the Triumph world is thinking of buying a 1969Triumph Trident, matching # DCO3004T150T. He asked me what I knew about the Trident since I have a 69 Bonnie. My answer was I knew nothing, but I knew who to ask. Any comments, critiques on the Trident? Thank you in advance!
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Old 02-20-2011, 10:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Triplesonline is an entire site devoted to the Triumph Trident and BSA Rocket 3. The bikes are fast, complicated, a little heavier than a twin, and expensive to repair. Many have had problems with the middle cylinder. Getting one that has been well maintained is a good choice. All parts are available. The drum brakes on the 1969 are a detriment to the performance, but improvements can be made. The other worst feature is the gas mileage. They were the fastest bike in the world in their day and still rock. Bob
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Old 02-20-2011, 11:02 AM   #3 (permalink)
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They were the fastest bike in their day, which was a couple of months before the Honda 750 ushered in the new era.

Today the Triumph triple is what I consider a mechanics bike,you have to take care of it to get the performance from it.
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Old 02-20-2011, 08:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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So it is fast, but needs a lot of TLC. Thanks for the advice, I will let him know. He is a newbie to mechanics, so sounds like this is not the best bike for him. Thanks again!
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So it is fast, but needs a lot of TLC. Thanks for the advice, I will let him know. He is a newbie to mechanics, so sounds like this is not the best bike for him. Thanks again!
This could be the perfect bike for your friend to learn on if he has the time and money.
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Let me confirm what MoBe says. He must have the time and MONEY. Emphasis on the money. Especially if the bike needs a rebuild...

If you want to talk him out of it, I'd be glad to forward you copies of my reciepts from my rebuild :-), but thats more of the extreme situation.

They are certainly unique bikes and I'm looking forward to getting mine on the road and taking it for the first ride, having it parked in the parking lot for a bike or car show, etc. The word "superbike" was coined with the first year Trident.
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Let me put this another way,despite all my skill and experience I don`t yet own a triple because I know how much work they can be.

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