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Sierra1

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thughes317

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Ok, I first thought it was a "Boss Hoss". then realized it was Triumph. Rocket 3? With a turbo? The exhaust looks waaaaay restrictive for the motor. Is that a normal front end? I've never seen the Rocket in real life.
I'd say supercharger.......the exhaust does not appear to be plumbed through the forced induction system?
 

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I have never seen a blue X85 Hurricane. I'm thinking someone repainted blue from orange and called it an an X85 instead of X75. I always wondered why they called them Triumph instead of BSA as that is a BSA motor.
That's a beautiful bike, slightly customized. I think BSA actually owned Triumph from 1950 to about 1972. I sure enjoy my 2 Triumphs, a Trident and a Bonneville. I'd trade both of them for that Hurricane.
 

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I have never seen a blue X85 Hurricane. I'm thinking someone repainted blue from orange and called it an an X85 instead of X75. I always wondered why they called them Triumph instead of BSA as that is a BSA motor.
Its the motor from a BSA Rocket 3 i believe. I too only ever seen them in orange. I do love the blue though.
 

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That is a beautiful machine. I don't think I have ever seen one of those. I would love to have one!
 

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I think it was mostly for the American market but you get a few over here.
Yes it was. If I remember correctly, it was designed by Craig Vetter. I think there is a U.K. company making the kits for tank and seats now although the forks are longer than a standard Triumph Trident or BSA Rocket 3. fac191 is spot on, it was the inclined Rocket 3 motor that was used in the original rather than the vertical Triumph Trident. The later Triumph T160 had the inclined motor after production of the BSA ceased.
 

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I cant remember for sure but think the other bike was Rocket 3 based.
 

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My first MC was a 650 Bonnie in 1970 the year I graduated. I've had a couple of Tridents also 72 4 speed dual leading link front drum and a 73 5 speed front disk. Both the Trident and Rocket 3 came out in 1968 as I recall and both company's owned by British Small Arms. When it was decided to discontinue the BSA they contacted Vetter to design something to help use up the left over Rocket 3 motors.
I do like the blue color combo that the pictured bike has, looks great! Pretty sure that the front brake on it is from a regular Trident as I believe that the Hurricane's had the dual leading link brakes on them.
The green bike is certainly different, I hear they are stump pullers. Can't imagine what it pulls like with a super charger!
I sold my last Trident about 3 or 4 years ago, knees didn't like starting it! Every once in awhile I dream about finding a T160 that has and electric start but then I say to self, the FJR and the Ten are enough!
 

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Hi Panman, the front brake in the picture is the one it came with. It is a 2 leading shoe front brake as fitted to the oil-in-frame Triumphs and BSA Twins In the early 70s. The one you had would have had also had a 2 leading shoe front brake but it would have been the one Triumph and BSA started fitting in 1968 and it looked different to the one in the picture. The one you had was probably the best drum brake ever fitted to a British bike.
 
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