Clymer Manuals Triumph Trident BSA Rocket 3 Vintage Classic British Motorcycle Video Walk Around
Clymer Manuals got a close-up look at Mike Jones' 1970 Triumph T-150 Trident. This classic British motorcycle was on display at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Rally.
Triumph Trident/BSA Rocket 3 on Wikipedia
The BSA Rocket Three / Triumph Trident was the last major motorcycle developed by Triumph Engineering at Meriden, and was a 750 cc air-cooled unit construction pushrod triple with four gears and conventional chassis and suspension. It was badge-engineered to be sold under both the Triumph and BSA marques. The Rocket3 / Trident was part of Triumph's plan to extend the model range beyond their 650 cc parallel twins. Created to meet the demands of the USA market, the smooth 750 cc three-cylinder engine had less vibration than the existing 360° twins. BSA fell into serious financial troubles, but during the seven-year production run 27,480 Rocket3 / Trident models were produced.
The prototype triples had a classic "Triumph look" with a rounded tear-drop tank. However, BSA/Triumph commissioned OGLE design company to create a "modern new look," this redesign leading to an 18 month delay. The result was a squarer fuel-tank and a less traditional BSA/Triumph look, and the BSA was given sloped cylinders and 'RayGun' silencers.
The Rocket 3 / Trident was introduced in the summer of 1968 to critical acclaim, but only four weeks later it was upstaged by the introduction of the Honda CB750. Compared to the British triple, the more sophisticated CB750 had a five-speed gearbox, overhead camshaft, oil-tight engine, electric start and disc brake. The Honda outsold the Triumph in the target USA market, and in 1970, in a bid to revive sagging sales, Triumph restyled export versions with the original 'classic' look.
When, in 1968, the new triples were shown to the American BSA-Triumph management, they were disappointed. They knew Honda had a bike coming along, and felt the price of $1,800 (£895) was too high and technical details (like vertically-split crankcases and pushrod OHV valve train were far from "cutting edge." However, they acknowledged that the bike was fast, and the USA sales team decided to launch of the bike by using a Rocket-3 to set some records at Daytona, (records which were only broken in 1971 by the Kawasaki Z1).
Clymer on the lift didn't have to go far to attend the Heart Of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts club 22nd Annual Vintage Motorcycle Show. Classic vintage antique motorcycles motorcycle bikes British, German, Japanese, Italian, European, American motorcycles were all on display. Manufacturers on display included Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, BMW, Harley Davidson, Vincent, Triumph, BSA, Norton, Brough Superior, Lawrence of Arabia, T.E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom, Jay Leno, Leno has nothing on us, we love you Jay, Leno's Garage, Indian, Cushman, Vespa, Laverda, Puch, Lambretta, MV Augusta, Ducati, Matchless, Zundapp, Moto Guzzi AJS and more. There were 100% perfect restorations,bike ridden in, a few trailer queens full-on customs, cafe racers, choppers, bobbers, trials bikes, dirt bikes, road racers...any type or style motorcycle you could image.
The show was held at the Kansas City Airline History Museum at the Kansas City Downtown Airport. Inside the huge hangar were two classic vintage antique passenger airplanes planes: a Douglas DC-3 and a Martin 404. Right outside the hangar was a 1958 Super Constellation, or Super Connie