2012-08-14 11:47:50+0000
  • Make:
  • Triumph
  • Model:
  • X-75 Hurricane
  • Year:
  • 1973

A British made bike, the Triumph X75 Hurricane had one production year in 1973, only 1,172 were made. It has an air-cooled, transverse inline 3, 740cc engine and a top speed of 114 mph (183 km/h).

The Triumph X-75 Hurricane was a 'factory special' motorcycle designed by fairings specialist Craig Vetter. With the looming release of the Honda CB750 and the high price tag of the current Triumph model, Vetter was commissioned by BSA's (Owners of Triumph, Norton-Villiers etc...) US distributor to customise the BSA Rocket 3 (Triumph Trident), to fit in more with American tastes. During production the new Rocket 3 was called the Vetter BSA Rocket3.

With BSA facing bankruptcy, the design went into a limited production run of 1,200 in 1972. Production stopped in 1973 after the X-75 was unable to meet new American noise standards. The X-75was given a sleeker and more balance look, it has curvy fibreglass bodywork, a three gallon gas tank, lowered gearing and a distinctive triple exhaust on the right-hand side of the bike. Back in the day a new bike cost £895 in the UK, and $2,295 in the US. Despite BSA going bankrupt in 1972, the bike was ultimately released as a Triumph model in 1973. The prototype BSA Hurricane is currently on display at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame museum in Pickerington, Ohio.

Although the Hurricane was not a good seller at the time, it had a contemporary design. Motorcycle designers began blending in the lines of the tank and seat, while a new type of motorcycle, the cruiser, started to become popular. The X-75 Hurricane has been called the first cruiser, and it was undeniably the first factory custom. If you can get your hands on one, expect it to be in the $6,000 - $18,000 range, having this classic beauty is well worth it.

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