I'm thinking of getting one as a, ahem, fourth bike. I can't spend that much, though. What's the best Classic to look for used? Either a triple or a twin would do.
........ The Bonnies are the only Triumphs with any claim to a classic heritage. .........
Actually, all the first generation T300 have their roots in Meriden. The Meriden Co-op was working on liquid cooled bikes before the collapse in 1983. BLoor and Co. took those designs, reviewed and then decided to go with all new triples and four cylinder. So I'd say the T300 were inspired by work done at Meriden, while the Bonneville is an all new design. Aside from a twin cylinder air cooled engine, it really shares nothing from Meriden. Even the crank has been rephased on half of the models! 270 deg crank? Yuck...If I remember correctly they were called Bonnevilles after they started setting speed records on the Salt Flats, prior to that they were called Thunderbirds !
...we could discuss this for hours but the triple Thunderbirds today have their heritage in the original Meriden Tridents !
Ride on !
JAMO What's in your stable now? This might also effect your decision. Maybe you should get a real classic Triumph.
The mid cam'd T300 engine seem to be the best, those having at least 9700 as the rev limit. The S3, which is a naked Daytona being lighter comes in 2 versions - I prefer the six speed box of the 96. It's probably the best handling bike in it's stable - being lighter helps and it's also the coolest looking of all, in any colour. Though a naked 4 cyl would be fun with fcrs. Carbs rule!