Triumph Trident & BSA Rocket III Buyer’s Guide
Having this book in your pocket is just like having a marque expert by your side and provides the information needed to look at a prospective purchase with confidence and knowledge
Benefit from my years of experience with Triples, learn how to spot a bad bike quickly, and how to assess a promising one like a professional. Get the right bike at the right price!
Packed with good advice – from the difference between models and which is the right one for you, through assessing the engine, paintwork, frame and what are original or aftermarket features – this is THE COMPLETE GUIDE – to choosing, assessing and buying the Trident or Rocket III of your dreams!
- What to look for when buying a Triumph Trident or BSA Rocket III
- All models of Triumph and BSA Triples covered
- Differences between models explained
- Clear colour photos to illustrate the text
- A guide to buying at auctions
- A comprehensive check list to evaluate a possible purchase
- A guide to checking paperwork and legal documents
- Invaluable information about parts, suppliers and clubs
- Period Covered: 1968 – 1976
- Models Covered: Triumph Trident T150/T150V 1968 – 1974
- BSA Rocket III MKI/MKII 1968 – 1972
- Triumph Hurricane X-75 1973
- Triumph Trident T160 1975
- Triumph Legend 1976
- Hyde Harrier 1987 – present
How to Buy a Copy
The Triumph Trident/Rocket 3 Essential Buyer’s Guide is available from most good booksellers, especially those specialising in automotive books, or direct from the publishers. It is also available on-line from such places as Amazon. The links below will take you to either Amazon.UK or Veloce publishing. If you’re in a different part of the world, just type my name – Chris Rooke – into the Amazon search bar, and the book should come up. You might also want to try such as e-bay etc. or just type the ISBN number (see above) into Google and see what comes up.
Whether buying a classic British bike as a show bike, daily rider or restoration project, one of the worst things that can happen is finding out you didn’t know what you didn’t know – and didn’t know enough to ask!
Let’s face it, even those of us who are ardent fans of the bikes from the days of yore often know of them but know precious little about them, at least to the finer details. Details such as their inherent weaknesses, parts prone to failure, parts that may be particularly hard to source and parts of restoration that may be particularly difficult. And, if you want the real deal in terms of an all-original vintage bike, knowing how to spot a fake can make a huge difference in what you should pay.
In the case of the Triumph Trident and BSA Rocket III there are some examples of where the knowledge of someone who has gone deep in the technical weeds as author Chris Rooke has can be very helpful indeed.
For example, the right-hand switchgear unique to the T160 is no longer available – but Chris reveals that the switchgear from an LF Harris Bonneville will work. Also, the special duplex primary drive chain is now unobtabium, so if the original primary drive is worn out, the only options are to convert to either triplex chain or belt drive.
Chris travels some ground not often covered, discussing the limited production specials that were built based on the BSA/Triumph triples, such as the Slippery Sam replicas and Legend specials built by Les Williams. The original Slippery Sam was the Triumph Trident that won five consecutive (1971 – 1975) Isle of Man TT production 750 events.
There was also the Hyde Harrier, Built by Triumph development engineer Norman Hyde, with a Trident motor in a Harris frame. Hyde also developed the Legend special based on the T160, which featured purpose-built engines by Jack Shemans.
In its 17 chapters, Chris helps the reader take an unvarnished look at the good and the bad of the bikes themselves and of owning one. He provides an in-depth guide on how to determine originality, the right price to pay, the scope of a would-be restoration project, where to go for part, specific problems that may crop up and some handy vital statistics on these British triples.
Thinking it would be cool to buy that Rocket III basket case you saw online and do a little quick rebuild? Before you buy that, you might want to buy this book!
All you triple enthusiasts will be happy to learn that you now have another source of helpful information when it comes to a purchase or restoration of one of Triumph and BSA’s classic bikes. Veloce Publishing have added the Triumph Trident and Rocket III as their latest addition to their superb ‘Essential Buyer’s Guide’ series.
In a delightfully handy pocket sized book, the author, Chris rooke, supplies a wealth of essential detail, advice and common sense comments on the purchase and maintenance of these triples. He pulls no punches in dealing with the bike’s weaknesses and provides excellent advice on modifications that are worth considering.
Well illustrated throughout with full colour photos this little book is a very welcome addition to any Triumph or BSA triple owner’s library.
New Zealand Triumph Times
Prospective purchasers of these triples can benefit from author Chris Rooke’s years of experience with the model, learning how to spot a bad bike quickly, and how to assess a promising one like a professional.
It is packed with good advice, from the difference between models and which is the right one for you, through assessing the engine, paintwork, frame and what are original or aftermarket features.
Another book in the excellent ‘The Essential Buyer’s Guide’ series, this one covers the Triumph Trident and BSA Rocket III between the years 1968 – 1976.
What to look for before parting with your money, te differences between models, learn how to spot a bad guy straight away and how to assess a good one. It also poses questions such as, is this the right bike for you?, where to look for problems, how to not let your heart rule your head, and should you just ride it or restore it.
For anyone thinking of buying one of the early triples, this is an easy read book that may just save you a fortune.
Nacelle (Magazine of the Triumph Owners’ Motorcycle Club)
Excellent. Small and informative book. 5*
Bought as a gift – recipient was very happy. 5*
I have a trident and buy any new books about them. 5*