Triumph/BSA X75: A Beginning and An End

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!

3 cylinders, 3 pipes

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.

BB

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