The Triumph Hurricane X75 was a bit of a mongrel from the word go. Originally a BSA design, with very sleepy, Triumph Bonneville-esque style, the honchos felt it was way too conservative for American tastes. Famous designer Craig Vetter was tasked with a stylistic redo, and the resulting bike was different, to say the least, with a very 60’s chopper style and a distinctive triple exhaust slung along the right side of the bike. When BSA went under, 1,200 engines were put aside and the bike was rebranded as a Triumph.
Because of their relative rarity and proto-cruiser status, they’ve become very valuable. This one looks especially desirable: 1973 Triumph Hurricane X75 for Sale
This is my own personal bike that I have owned since 1973. Each Dealer was allotted one per Dealership and it was never sold – it was only used by me on my Dealer Plate – never registered. Time to retire and let it go. It has been stored in my heated showroom and serviced and babied for 40 years. This bike has NOT been painted. You may feel free to call me at any time to learn more about this bike or to make arrangements to see it. Ed 413 443 9407. The buyer must make arrangements to pick it up in Massachusetts or have a shipping company handle it for you. It must be paid via wire transfer from your bank to mine before it leaves my possession. This motorcycle is one of less than 1200 produced – Matching Numbers. Side stickers are custom but I have NOS Original black stickers for the buyer.
The Buy It Now price is listed as $37,995.00, a jaw-dropping price for sure, but this one is rare, collectible, very cool, and has never been titled. Because of the original condition and untitled status, is maybe more of a museum piece than a ridable classic, which is a real shame, considering the model was discontinued because it was unable to meet US noise restrictions…
Three cylinder motorcycles in general are pretty neat sounding machines. Not quite as brutal as a thumping twin or single, not as smooth or refined as a four [or six!], triples make a very raw, iron-fist-in-a-velvet-glove kind of roar.
This clip [not the bike for sale] should give you a good idea what I mean: Triumph Hurricane start up and ride.
A very expensive bike but, if you’ve got a Triumph-sized hole in your collection and want something pretty wild and very cool, this might fit the bill.
Not the first Hurricane I have posted to Classic Sport Bikes and I’m sure it’s not the last. One of my favorites when it comes to the uncommon.
Here’s what the seller says:
1973 TRIUMPH HURRICANE, VERY NICE UNRESTORED BIKE. I GOT THIS BIKE IN A TRADE DEAL AND DON’T NEED IT. BEST I CAN TELL IT’S ALL STOCK, With the exception of repainted tank and recovered seat. IT WAS STARTED AND RUN TWO YEARS AGO BY THE ORIGINAL OWNER, GAS TANK IS DRAINED AND BATTERY WAS REMOVED. LOOK CLOSE AT THE PHOTO’S
He’s short and to the point. He doesn’t know so take a close look. That might work out in your favor if you’ve been wanting one of these but come up a little short on cash. The last couple of these I’ve seen were mint and collected a price that correlated. Maybe this one will me a little more reasonable.
You can’t talk about classic sport bikes and not mention how the Japanese took over the market from the British. Whenever a company sees it’s competition gaining market share they start to look outside the box. For British bikes, by the time they did this it was a little to late. In 1969 Honda turned sport bike manufacturers on their ear with the CB750 and BSA/Triumph were blind sided. They had been building bikes based on 1930’s tech. They responded by asking Craig Vetter to help design a bike to appeal to the US bikers. Then, in their great wisdom, they decided not to produce the bike Craig designed because they didn’t like it. Then, they realized that was a mistake. The Bike was finally released under the name “X75 Hurricane”. By the time the bike the US it was to late. The stupid noise laws of 1973 made the cool upswept exhaust illegal. To bad, I kinda like it.
Here’s the seller’s description.
The 1973 Triumph Hurricane X75 that you are bidding on is a ground up restoration. It starts easily and I have ridden about 120 miles to break in. It has had it’s oil changed and head re-torque. The motor was completely rebuilt by Baxter Cycle. It has the electronic ignition but I have the original points and plate. The fork trees have been repaired to eliminate the common crack issues. The pictures should say it all.
ENGINE SIZE AND CONFIGURATION: air-cooled 740 cc OHV transverse triple BORE & STROKE: bore x stroke: 67 × 70 mm (2.6 × 2.8 in) dimensions
HORSEPOWER: 58 bhp (43 kW) @ 7,500 rpm
TRANSMISSION: 5 – Speed Transmission
So my take on these bikes is this: If you have a passion for the ultra rare you must have this. Only a about 1100 were made and this one is mint. I like to go to museums and look at bikes like this but I also kinda hate that such a neat part of motorcycling history doesn’t get ridden. A lot of people will say “you need to ride that thing, that’s what it was made for”. With this bike you can have a snappy come back to that statement. You can say “this bike was made to save BSA/Triumph not to be ridden so you can look but don’t touch”. Yeah, that’ll tell ‘em. I have seen one of these in person and at first glance I didn’t care for what Craig had designed. After I really looked at close my mind was changed. I think these bikes have a custom look to them that just screams 1970’s. If I were the museum curator that had a bike this special in it you might see some pics of me ridding it through the country roads surface on the internets.
For my first post I wanted to find the rarest “sport” bike I could find. One that was the start of a trend and the end of a company. One that you would never likely to see again, one that was unique to the brand that developed it, one which had a back story of politics, intrigue, and showed the beginning of a change in design.
Luckily I found two.
Being a Internet motorcycle hunting addict, I had read reviews about the Triumph X75 Hurricane in Motorcycle Classics Magazine. This lead me to the history of its design and development at the great motorcycle history site by Ed Youngblood, I figured it was so rare that it would only be found in Museums, or personal collections. Not so.
The Triumph/BSA X75 Hurricane was a bike that was designed not in Britain but in California, taken to England by the US distributors who told the British company what it wanted. Designed by Craig Vetter of fairing fame the X75 is based on the 750 triple engine which itself was developed to combat the bikes coming out of Japan. During this time Triumph and BSA had merged into one company and was putting out one bike with two badges (think Rocket 3 / Trident). But even this merger was not going to save either of them. So this is really a bike that shows the beginning of a new design theory, and the end of a motor industry.
Looking at motorcycles instead or working I saw this being sold by a well know vendor in the mid-west, also known for limited wording in their descriptions:
1973 Triumph Hurricane
Only 2 owners. One of the finest we have ever seen in the last 12 years!
The number of high resolution pictures and video will help sell the bike when few words are used. But $30,000 opening bid is steep and it would be nice to have a word or two about the state of the bike. Original? Restored? I am sure that if you are going to spend this kind of money, you will make the call. For those of us that can only dream, the pictures are very nice.
Having seen this one, I had a feeling I had seen it before, and went searching craigslist and found this one
Again few words to describe the bike, and for those who do not know the Triumph/BSA connection, might be confusing. $20,000 is also steep, but the difference between the two you could go get a couple other bikes.
Last BSA ever built. Number 44 out of 1171. 3-cylinder, air cooled. Excellent Condition, approximately 2000 miles on shop rebuild. Original paint. Has been in storage for 18 years. $20,000.00.
Looking like a grownup version of a Schwinn bicycle, all the Hurricane X75 needs to be full-on childhood dream embodied in steel is a sparkly vinyl banana seat. A sort of proto-factory chopper originally designed BSA, the extroverted styling was a bit of an overreaction to the original design of the bike, which was thought to be too much like the plain-Jane Bonneville for the wild-eyed, long-haired hippies over in the USA.
So Craig Vetter, no stranger to unconventional designs, was called in to do a bit of a makeover, and his signature one-piece tank-and-tail style is on display here, although you might have missed it if you were looking at the right side of the bike… With the unusual single-sided three-into-three exhaust looking like it might make rides into one, long right-hand turn.
From the original eBay listing: 1973 Triumph X75 for Sale
CLEANING HOUSE !!!!!!! Selling my Hurricane and several other bikes. Realistically priced to sell. Happy to answer all questions. Bike is a very low mileage machine from Canada. Absolutely one of the nicest you will find. It has not run in 2 years but the fuel and carbs were drained prior to putting it on display and the engine has been turned regularly. I have all the Canadian import paperwork but no title. I’m more than happy to get a title for an additional $500 to cover the fees for this machine or I can give you all the Canadian paperwork and you do it yourself.
When BSA went out of business, just 1200 three-cylinder engines were put aside and the X75 was rebranded as a Triumph. These are very collectable these days, and it’s easy to see why: right out of the box, they look right and have plenty of performance.
Bidding is very active on this bike, with a couple days left on the auction and the Reserve Not Met at $17,200. I’d prefer a few more high-res photos of the bike, considering the price bracket we’re playing in here, but that close-up of the stamped engine serial number suggests that the bike is pretty clean. I’ve seen asking prices much higher than this, and it looks very solid, so worst-case scenario sees a paint job and a light mechanical refresh.
So depending on where this ends up when the hammer falls, you could think of it as a bargain!
A full fairing, rear sets, and a racing number are all we need in life. This 1967 Harley-Davidson Sprint replica has all of those, so we are happy, more so because they added a license plate and headlight.
From the seller
Full fiberglass fairing, gas tank and seat. Tank has been sealed with Caswell’s tank sealer. Neverthesless I typically use only non-ethanol fuel with this bike. She is also fitted with clip-on bars and adjustable rear sets. The bike is light weight and handles like a dream.
The bike is track ready and safety wired, yet it is also street legal and has a clear California title plus current registration. The headlight is in the nose of the fairing and there is a side mount tail light/license plate bracket behind the right rear shock. The electrical system is OEM with a new voltage regulator and new battery. Wheels are shouldered Excel alloy rims with stainless spokes. The front brake is a dual leading shoe unit from a 1973 Sprint that stops like a disc with one finger operation. New rear shocks and a gold race chain.
The motor is a 1968 250cc short stroke with around 180 miles on it. It was built with a new top end, piston, valves and guides. Engine work was done by Don Thut, master technician who worked on the Bonneville speed record bikes for Glendale Harley Davidson.
This 1967 Harley-Davidson Sprint is dressed up like a CRTT, with the TT being Time Trial. National championships were fought over short tracks, long short tracks, and road courses. For a couple of weekends a year, you would put a full fairing on your bike and make both left and right turns. You can take this one home and during the week, ride it on the street, and on the weekend take it to the Track. I call that a dual sport. BB
Horex was a German Motorcycle manufacture which was started by the Rex glassware company in Bad HomburgGermany in 1960, so you can see where the name came from. They originally purchased their 4-stroke engines from Columbus, until Horex merged with Columbus in 1925. This 1958 Horex Resident offered up over on eBay.de is something you may never see here in the States from a company that disappeared, but may be re-appear.
Not much from the seller
This is a nice Horex Resident 350 converted to sport style. Engine is running, no paperwork. Check photos you get what you see.
Like many manufactures in Europe, Horex was unable to produce motorcycles for many years in the late ‘30’s and early ‘40’s. When they did start production up again, their most popular bike was a 350cc single called the Regina. Horex as able to sell over 18,000 of the. During this time they also offered a 400cc and 500cc Straight-two, one cylinder in front of the other. This Resident was first offered in 1955 and replaced the popular Regina.
The 350cc engine offers and over square 77×75 single cylinder, with a 7.1:1 CR which generates 24hp at 6250rpm. The twin port exhaust is a hold over from pre-war racers which used a twin port in an attempt to keep the exhaust valves as cool as possible. The single carb looks to be by Bing, and for a 350cc could likely be as large as 26mm. The seller claims “converted to sport style”, but I am interpreting that as a Café racer, and not tuning to the engine.
Mercedes-Benz purchased the Horex company in 1960 and stopped all Motorcycle production. There appears to be a revival of the Horex name, so you may have seen some concept motorcycles with a supercharged Horex engine. So if you want to be in the know of German Manufactures, this Horex offered surprisingly on German eBay, would be interesting to own. BB
Here is your chance. If you don’t have a motorcycles, but want to join the afflicted owners of Classic Motorcycles, this 1970 BSA A10 Royal Star may be the best place to start. As many people who own Classic Motorcycles will tell you, there are good ways to get acquainted with older motorcycles, and there are BAD way to develop your love/hate relationship. Looking at the condition, and the design of this Royal Star, I think this could be the perfect place to start a life long problem.
From the seller.
This is a very solid A50.Compression is 120 on both sides and it does not smoke. Most of the chrome is real good except for one section of the rear wheel and the left headlight ear. There is also one small dent in the chrome portion of the tank. The rest is good to excellent. Other than the tank and side cover paint, the bars and mufflers, it is mostly original .The carb is new as is the chain. The A50 is smoother than the 650 but has of course less power. It is easy to kick over to start. It has an excellent sound to the exhaust and is very pleasant to ride. As the English say it is well sorted .Tires are ok. If you are in the area I would encourage you to look at it and ride it. If you buy it and you pick it up and it is not as represented don’t buy it. This would be a great first classic bike for someone. As always, however, this is a 42 year old used British bike.
First offered in 1962, the Royal Star was BSA introduction into Unit Construction (engine and transmission connected as one unit). The 500cc A50 was an evolution of the A10 offered as a Pre-Unit 500cc bike. The under square 50x75cc parallel twin of the A50 would give you good torque, but will have less vibration then the bigger and more powerful A65 650 BSA’s. With the 9.0: CR pistons that were added in 1964, the Royal Star has 33bhp at 5800rpm, good for a top speed of 90mph. Currently this bike looks like it would have come to the US from Britain, with high bars and a big tank. After the new owner becomes acquainted with their new Classic, it is a good platform for transformation into a Classic British Rockers ride.
The reason that I think that this is a good starter Classic bike is its condition, and the fact that it was designed to be what it is, a 500cc motorcycle for the masses. It is not a high strung stallion, but it is not a small put-put moped. A single Amal Monoblock, later replaced by a Consentric carburetor, gives easy starting; good idle, and ease of tuning. The drive side of the crankshaft was given ball bearings, replacing bushings to improve bottom end longevity. If you are new to kick starting, or motorcycles in general, the design of the 1970 BSA A10 will allow you to learn what it is to own a Classic British Motorcycle. Much better then getting a box of British parts, and trying to put them together. (Ask me how I know)BB
Triumph, in their dying days, may have created a motorcycle which could have saved the company. To bad they were so far down into the toilet. The Triumph Trident came out in 1968, just weeks before the CB750, and had it come out when it was first developed in the early 1960’s we may still have Triumphs produced today. This 1974 T150V Trident offered up on eBay has strayed away from stock.
From the seller.
1974 Triumph T150V Trident Cafe Racer. Special body made by Tracy Fiberglass Fabricator Works, Tracy, CA, for Jack Wilson, Big D Cycle, Dallas, TX. There are zero miles on this Bike since the installation of a Norman Hyde 867cc Big Bore Kit; forged Pistons; Engine balanced; ported Head; Megacycle 1100 Cams; and, Boyer electronic Ignition. Other includes new Hyde dual front Disc Brakes; new Master Brake Cylinder; Marzocchi Shocks; special stainless steel 3 into 1 Exhaust; gold anodized Sun Rims; stainless steel Spokes; recently painted “Rob North” colors; Gas Tank resealed; new Gustafsson Plastics Wind Screen; Carburetors rebuilt; and Motor tuned.
Like I had said, and the seller points out, this Trident has moved on from the factory specification. When the Trident rolled down the roads of Small Heath, it would offer 60hp at 7250rpm, and with the V after the T150, lets you know there are 5 forward speeds to reach the original top speed of 105mph. With the Big Bore Kit, worked on internals and body work, I would not be surprised if the top speed has been increased significantly.
The Seller gives props to the body work, and I would not be surprised if some of the inspiration came from the Craig Vetter designed Trident X75. First brought onto the project in 1969, Vetter molded a body for the relatively new Trident which was hoped to attracted American Custom Bike enthusiast. The Rob North Blue body work on this Trident lean more towards a race body then a custom one, but there are noticeable similarities.
When the term Super Bike comes into the conversation, there are those English Enthusiast who will point to the Trident. With its third cylinder after so many years of twins, Triumph attempted to increase sales with increased displacement. To bad the Japanese took it one cylinder further just weeks later. This T150V Trident offered up on eBay was put together by someone in that English Enthusiast group, who wanted to take what Triumph started with and took it further. BB
In motorcycle racing, frame development has often been behind engine development, and a successful race engine was held together by a successful race frame. When the Triumph Trident and BSA Rocket 3 cylinder engine went racing they hired Rob North to develop the frame.
The seller gives us almost no information about the bike:
original triumph trident Rob North racer.. Not a replica a rear piece of racing history ..phone calls only please serious inquires only
I have to wonder what the sellers definition of “original”. Do they mean the frame only? The frame and body work? Or is this one of the first Factory bikes?
I am a huge fan of the four leading shoe front brake, but am surprised to see the rear disk brake. The fairing, tank and seat are a great combination of style and function and appear to be the same as images found when researching Rob North. The color might not been everyone’s favorite, but it appears that this is a “traditional” color that is similar to the factory colors of the time. Some close ups of the frame show what is necessary to make a rigid race frame.
The name Rob North has been sold twice since Rob North, the person who developed this frame for Triumph, first to Miles Engineering and current trademark holder Trident MCS. You can buy a new Rob North frame for your Trident or Rocket3. Later Rob North the man worked with Butler & Smith on their Superbike Championship R90S.
We here at CSBFS love to share these great bikes with our readers, but as always, do your homework before investing in a bike, especially when there is limited information given by the seller. The same bike appears to be offered in Portland OR with some pictures and New York with the same pictures plus others. The phone numbers given appear to be for the Portland area, and for Atlanta GA.