Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Great Southern Land
I owned one [TBS] for a few years, always thought that they were underpowered tbh. I ended up selling it and going back to my T150V with the 1000cc kit [and other stuff]...which is faster even though its 44 years old and from a bygone era. The TBS was more comfortable on longer trips, but only marginal, handling was about the same IMO. The Trident wasn't as nimble but had a much lower centre of gravity and felt much more stable. The TBS was sharpish in handling and probably a bit better in tight stuff. But was top heavy and needed some muscle to ride it hard in corners.
The Trident was way better for saddlebags, pillion and a load, the TBS was abysmal in that area, a pillion and/or load affected the handling quite a bit.
They are a nice looking bike in a classic Japanesish sort of way and I can understand why others love them, just try as I might, I just couldn't work up the same enthusiasm for the TBS.
One word of warning to all owners....remove the plastic tool bag from under the seat and wrap it in a rag or store it somewhere else. I had one of the spanners fall out and then onto the swingarm, this then got sucked up by the chain and wrapped itself around the front sprocket sandwiched between the sprocket and the chain. This bent the rear axle, front sprocket shaft, shattered the chain adjuster and the spacer, and other stuff. Also gave me a brown moment!!!
I have a spanner round here somewhere that is a perfect C shape as a memento.
The new 1200 twins look like a good thing and I would have bought one maybe, but I am on a project [already have the 1100 kit, cams, D+D exhaust, Keihen FCR's, head flowed with bigger valves, Carrillo rods etc etc all sitting in my shed] and building up an 1100cc version of the 865 Bonnie, hopefully finish that this year. Plus I prefer the idea of a 360.
Great Southern Land.
(Where women blow and men chunder).
Last edited by tridentt150v; 02-21-2019 at 05:24 AM.