1972 Triumph X-75 Hurricane (740cc triple)
60 bhp, 421 lbs, 115 mph
When the BSA Rocket 3 and Triumph Trident were released in 1969 they were not well accepted, especially in the key USA market. In many ways they were overshadowed by the Honda Four and they were also deemed to be unattractive appearance wise relative to the class-leading styling of their stablemate, the Triumph Bonneville.
So BSA USA commissioned the young fairing designer, Craig Vetter, to do a complete restyle aimed at the US customer. Vetter reworked the entire bike with the most outstanding feature being the one piece fibre glass body which incorporates a steel tank. Also distinctive are the triple exhaust on the right side plus larger finning to give the engine greater "presence". This together with almost modern cruiser style rake and handlebars, the 70 lb weight loss relative to the original Rocket 3 and a radical paint job meant that this would become the first factory custom.
The design was submitted to BSA in the UK but went nowhere. Then the end arrived for the BSA marque and Triumph, now in desperate need of some design inspiration, seized on the Hurricane and put it into production in 1972. During 1972 and 1973 some 1,150 BSA Rocket 3 engines (see the BSA engraving behind the engine number) were set aside for Hurricane production and now branded as a Triumph.
This bike, a former USA market model with matching numbers, was acquired in the UK in 2013 almost fully restored. Work by 2WheelsMiklos has focussed on getting the bike to run well and be oil tight and has included redoing the carburettors and a rebore.