Triumph Trident T160 Pros
Performance: 120mph. Tridents have a great race history.
Looks: Stylish design still turns heads. Expect admiration.
Cornering: Excellent. Expect a close asphalt shave.
Handling: Very good. Positive front. Good weight spread.
Sound: These engines howl and inspire confidence.
Clutch: A little heavy, but strong and smooth.
Comfort: Good. But expect high-speed vibes/tingle.
Spares: Very good. Almost everything is available.
Tuning: Big bore kits/exhaust/brake mods, etc, available.
Acceleration: Rapid. Think hot rod.
Value for money: Very good. More bang for your buck.
Starting: Easy on the thumb, a little harder on the foot.
Pillion: High speed travelling shortens the journey.
Luggage: All you can carry. The Trident pulls like a train.
Electric starter: These work well.
Experts: Plenty of people around who speak Trident.
Triumph Trident T160 Cons
Airbox: Ugly plastic design built to silence induction noise.
Braking: Marginal at high speed. Upgrades needed.
Engine rebuilds: Expensive. 50-percent more than T140s.
Fuel economy: Hopeless. Expect 35-40mpg, or less.
Electrics: Average. But lighting needs upgrade for speed.
Weight: These are heavy bikes at around 460lbs.
Bulk: Not really for the very little guys/girls.
Carburettors: Three to balance/optimise. Tedious chore.
Throttle: Three carbs. Three springs. Work it out. Heavyyyyy.
Maintenance: Trickier than most classic British twins.
Emissions: Annular discharge silencers strangle bhp.
Ignition: Forget points. Three are a pain. Fit electronic.
Threads: Tridents have lots of castings. Expect to helicoil.
Overshadowed: Specifically the Rocket Three and Hurricane.
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