I see your CB750 and raise you a Vetter USA: X75 Hurricane

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.

1973 Triumph Hurricane X75 For Sale on eBay

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.

~Buck

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