I traded in my BMW R60/7
with Pantera Fairing and Krauser Panniers + £1000 for a Triumph Trident T160
with only 1,500 miles on the clock, from Carl Rosner - Triumph Motorcycles
in South Croyden, UK.
Engine/Frame No. T160 KK 86324
- Produced Sept '75, not registered until 1976, I bought circa 1981.
One of the last British Classic 'Superbikes' - the Triumph Trident T160, 750cc 'Triple'
with Discs brakes front and rear. electric start, indicators and mirrors.
With only 1.500 'genuine' miles on the clock, this was a rare find indeed. I fitted Boyer Bransden Electronic Ignition
as it proved do reliable on my Norton Commando 750
and my BMW R60/7
, With 3 sets of breaker points to maintain on a T160
, this was a worthwhile mod.
The 'Annular Discharge' Silencer on one side was chocked solid with rust! The three exhauts joined a collector pipe, then split into 2, but in this case only could push volume of air out the one silencer. Decided to fit 'Armour' pattern Silencers in Stainless Steel with stainless down pipes and 'collector pipes'.
The other change was to fit Norman 'Hyde' - Oil Cooler Thermostat
This was a motorcycle that was appreciating in Value. I could aslo get 'Classic Bike' special Insurance, when it became 25 Years old.
Since I was working in Hong Kong, I no longer got to ride it as much as when I was in the UK, working in London. Before that I was working in Bahrain, so only got to ride it about twice a year.
On getting my divorce in 2001, I gave it to my son, Paul. Pity he was forced to sell it to pay off his 'Student Loan' that he took out to cover his University Education in the UK.
Whilst it would have been nice to bring the T160 to the Philippines
, the cost of doing so, would make it impractical with may be as much as 100% Duty [COLOR="rgb(105, 105, 105)"]as they don't relate it to the price paid, just some notional 'book value'. [/COLOR]
There is also the lack of good roads. to make full use of its speed and handling. It would have been nice status symbol value, as very few indeed like that T160
. However it is not that a 'practical bike' for Cebu in the Philippines.
Living in Cebu - retired from age 50!
Yamaha XT225 'Serow'
now (sorry but is lot more practical than T160 here, for use on 'green lane' tracks)