1973 Triumph TR5T Trophy Trail 500

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In its day, the Triumph TR5T Trophy Trail 500 was quite the opposite of those great, honking 650cc desert sleds that were so popular in the scrublands of California and Arizona; this was an East Coast special, intended for more leisurely pursuits.
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Some thought the muffler on the Triumph TR5T Trophy Trail 500 was clever; its location kept the rider safe from burning a leg in the event of a fall-over.
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1973 Triumph TR5T Trophy Trail 500.
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Kick the 500cc twin on the Triumph TR5T Trophy Trail into well-muffled life, nick the gearbox into first and you’re off for miles of fun in the woods or on the byways — as long as you take the small gas tank into account, of course.
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1973 Triumph TR5T Trophy Trail 500.
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1973 Triumph TR5T Trophy Trail 500.

Triumph TR5T Trophy Trail 500
Claimed power:
30hp @ 7,500rpm
Top speed: 90mph (period test)
Engine: 490cc air-cooled, OHV vertical twin
Weight (wet): 350lb (159kg) (est.)
Fuel capacity/MPG: 2.4gal (9ltr) / 55mpg (est.)
Price then/now: $1,425 / $1,500 – $4,000

The 1973 Triumph TR5T Trophy Trail 500 isn’t a serious motorcycle, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad motorcycle, either. The TR5T was built just to be a cheerful little number that could fill a niche in the market. Lightweight, with a good engine and an adequate chassis, it wasn’t a motorcycle intended for serious competition, but more a cycle built as an entertaining play-bike for those with hundreds of miles of forest roads or black-topped one-laners to ride.

In its day, the TR5T was quite the opposite of those great, honking 650cc desert sleds that were so popular in the scrub-lands of California and Arizona; this was an East Coast special, intended for more leisurely pursuits in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts or the Shenandoah Mountains of Virginia.

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