1973 Triumph 490cc TR5T Trophy Trail
Frame no. TR5T KH17045
Engine no. TR5T KH17045
Also known as the 'Adventurer', the Trophy Trail was introduced in November 1972. A new off-road model, the TR5T deployed Triumph's existing 490cc twin-cylinder engine in a chassis that looked remarkably similar to that of the single-cylinder BSA Victor. The workers' occupation of Triumph's Meriden factory in the autumn of 1973 halted production, which did not resume fully until March 1975. The 500cc models were dropped once the backlog of machines impounded at the factory had been cleared but before then a number had been released in the preceding autumn. With the Trophy Trail's passing, Triumph's long line of enduro-styled half-liter roadsters, which stretched back to the original Trophy of 1948, sadly came to an end.
This Trophy Trail was bought from a dealer in Wilmington, Delaware in 1973 for Everitt du Pont (then aged 16) and was ridden in town and on the dirt until 1979 when it was replaced by a Honda XL500. The machine retains its original paintwork and currently displays a total of only 5,989 miles on the odometer.