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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-26-2019, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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Need Feedback-Possible Purchase '98 Trident

So I'm looking for another bike. Either a sport bike (600-900 Ninja type) and/or a late 70's KZ1000.

I came across this on Cleveland craigslist:

https://cleveland.craigslist.org/mcy...005581729.html

I'm not too familiar with Triumphs. I'm a new owner, 800 miles on a 2018 Street Scrambler.

But this bike looks good. and might "tick the boxes" for a sport bike- sport look, 885cc, etc. Added bonus is that it is also a sport tour with the back rack/trunk.

My first choice in a new bike is the old KZ. But if anyone has any feedback for whether or not I should look at this one, please let me know.

If there's someone here interested, don't be shy, pull the trigger. I'm still debating it.
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-26-2019, 11:23 PM
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I'm not impressed with the bike. Trident's don't have a front or side fairing. The luggage rack is a Givi from earlier single headlight Trophy. Those wheels are not 1998 wheels. You've a Scrambler so get a touring bike with a full fairing. Trophys are excellent, but they feel top heavy when pushing around the driveway nor garage. 900 or 1200 both are great. High mileage is not a problem if it is maintained correctly. Price is usually close to $2000. Dual headlight models came out in 1996.
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post #3 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-27-2019, 08:51 AM
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Interesting...IF I lived near Cleveland and IF that bike is as advertised, I would pick it up in a heartbeat for that price. Although as Greg stated, the Trident isn't a touring bike like a Trophy (I've owned two 1200 Trophy's, a '95 and an '01) it's a very good all 'round daytrip/weekend bike. That fairing add-on will cut a bunch of wind. Trident's were marketed as naked bikes. I own a '98 and at age 65 it is my hooligan bike. Can't do true sport bikes anymore due to ergonomics. The Trident has a pretty upright seating position. For what it's worth, in the group of guys I've been riding with the last 17 years or so, 6 of us have a Trident in the stable. They are a fantastic bike, reliable, pretty rare and handle well. Anyway, definitely worth taking a look at if you live close enough.
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post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-27-2019, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the feedback Greg and Bill.

The bike is now at my house. It's a clean bike.

The fairing is from powerbronze. So even though it's a Trident, it identifies as a Sprint
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Good for you! I'm glad it was as advertised. Enjoy. By the way, those ARE '98 wheels. Exactly the ones on my bike.
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top tip for those bikes - make sure the battery is always topped up.
I had a Trident Sprint for ~ 20 years great bike.
the sprag clutch is the only fly-in-the-ointment
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post #7 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-03-2019, 06:41 PM
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top tip for those bikes - make sure the battery is always topped up.
I had a Trident Sprint for ~ 20 years great bike.
the sprag clutch is the only fly-in-the-ointment
Yes! Also, doing the Johnson Jolt coil relay mod will ensure faster and easier starting - more insurance for the sprag clutch.

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What’s the coil relay upgrade? ... Not aware of this?

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post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-05-2019, 12:26 PM
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What’s the coil relay upgrade? ... Not aware of this?

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Hmmm, I haven't snooped around here to see if there is a files section. I'll try to attach my pictogram for you. Basically, the existing coil trigger wires will trigger a relay that in turn sends full battery voltage to the coil resulting in a higher output to the spark plugs (hotter, stronger spark).

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Hi Glenn, That's a good pictogram explaining the Johnson Jolt. May I elaborate on it a bit? The 6 wires that come out of the main wiring loom for the coils has 2 wires for each coil. One wire for each coils is supposed to be a positive 12 volts, the other wire that connects to the negative side of the coil goes to the ECU and fires the spark at the right time. Notice how I said the positive is supposed to be 12 volts, well it isn't. Put a volt meter on the wire and it will come out close to 10.5 to 11 volts. If you add up all the connections for that 12 volt wire inside the schematic, and each time there is a connection a little bit of voltage is lost. Being that our wires are close to 20 years old doesn't help matter either. So the Johnson Jolt bypasses all those connections. Power from the battery goes straight to the relay. Any one of the 12 volt coil wires goes to activate the relay. The relay gets activated when the key is turned on, so power goes from the battery thru the relay and then to the coils. Turn the key off and the relay opens and the power to the coils is turned off. If you really want to get fancy, get rid of the coils and spark plug wires and go to coil over plugs (COP's) from the 1600 or 1700 Triumph Thunderbirds. But that is for another post.
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