1975 Triumph T160 Trident
Frame no. T160 AK00795
Engine no. T160 AK00795
Introduced in 1969 with its cylinders bolt upright in the chassis, the T150 Trident got off to a shaky start. While the three-cylinder was technically impressive and soon to have a race pedigree that would be envied, the production streetbike was hampered with dubious styling that was just plain off-putting to most buyers. The bike's squared-off "bread loaf" gas tank and campy "ray gun" mufflers were over the top and not well received. Triumph quickly retreated and offered a "beauty kit" for dealers to install that replicated the look of the beloved Bonneville.
It wasn't until late in 1974 that the Trident, now called a T160, got good looks to call its own. This used the inclined-cylinder triple borrowed from sister company BSA, atop which perched a truly beautiful fuel tank of classic proportions. Equipment updates included electric starting, a 5-speed gearbox, and disc brakes front and rear. Had the Trident been like this from the start, who knows how that might have affected the company's fortunes. As it was T160 production would go on for little more than a year; in all, just over 7200 units were produced.
The Lattin T160 is equipped with several common period accessories, namely a 3-into-1 collector exhaust, pod-style air filters and bar-end mirrors.
- Please note that this motorcycle is titled with frame number T160VAK00795.