Admit it: Sometimes everyone needs a challenge. You can't always do the easy thing. Restoring this Trident would probably be what we like to call a "learning experience." But isn't it tempting just the same?
Editor Backus and I have both told multiple friends the same thing: If you've decided on a make and model of bike you want, find the nicest, most original example you can, and buy it. Spending a little extra for a nicer example is often much easier (and less expensive in the end) than fixing a truly rough bike.
But then there's the other side of the coin: Isn't it tempting to see how cheap you could buy a this-close-to-100-percent original bike that somebody just has to save? It's tempting us.
According to the auction, the Trident is mostly complete, but the engine is stuck and that's rarely a good sign. Don't be scared though, because the auction clearly states that "... it did run when stored." Assuming it is correct, the odometer reads just 596.7 miles.