Steve Sullivan's 1975 Triumph Trident



Before and after

I thoroughly enjoy your magazine and thought I would show you my winter project. I purchased this 1975 Triumph Trident as a basket case a few years ago and finally put the finishing touches on it. This was the unobtainable Superbike to me in high school. I could have built two motorcycles from all the parts it came with. After hours of cleaning, sorting, replacing rotten rubber parts and polishing aluminum, I got the bike running this summer. I de-chromed several parts and had them painted in their original color and had the tank properly done with period-correct paint found by a vendor in your magazine.


It is a pleasure to ride around, and I’m amazed at all the comments and thumbs-up I receive. Enclosed are two pictures. I’m pretty sure you can tell which one is the before and which one is the after.

Steve Sullivan/Weldon Spring, Missouri

3/12/2020 7:02:59 PM

I had my good friend buy one of these in about 1972. I was a Honda mechanic at the time. The color scheme was white and the tank had been repainted with rainbow color streaks by a local painter (typical for that era!). Looked good though. I tuned it and synced the carbs. It was fast -- the first bike I ride over 100 mph! He ultimately sold it. Damn, now I'd give anything to have bought it and kept it. It was a typical sort of rough-hewn (compared to a Honda) British bike with wacko electrics and bouncing gauges, but truly a classic! (Another friend had a 1966 Norton Atlas. Eek!)

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