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Triumph Trident 900 (1991-1998)



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Engine size 885 cc
Power 100 bhp
Top speed 130 mph
Insurance group 14 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 3.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 4 rating is 4.5

MCN overall verdict rating is 4

Reborn Triumph’s 900 Trident was about as straightforward a bike as Hinckley could produce, and also happened to be one of the best of the early machines. The three-cylinder motor was distinctive, flexible and robust, the handling, though tall, better than the average roadster and it was comfortable, attractive enough and versatile, too. No wonder the Triumph Trident lived longer than most of the early bikes.  

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Like most of the early Hinckley Triumphs – which were all based around a modular construction system – the Trident was available in two capacities, in this case both triples. The short-stroke 750cc was cute enough, but it was the long stroke, 885cc 900 which was the one to go for and proved far more popular being grunty, fruity and versatile. It’s over-engineered, so is robust, too.     

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Triumph Trident 900’s ride was plush enough, but it’s handling set it apart, being a notch above typical bikes of this type of the time such as Kawasaki’s Zephyr, the Trident boasts decent brakes and suspension and steers sweetly, even if it is a tad top-heavy due to the spine frame.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

The Triumph Trident 900 was conceived as a fairly basic, affordable machine and the basic specification reflects that. It’s not exactly lacking, but nor is there anything extra or flash about it either. Compare and buy parts for the Trident 900 for sale.

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Early Triumph Trident 900s suffered a little from thin paint, which was improved after the building of a new paint shop at Hinckley in 1993, but otherwise are fairly durable and reliable, especially if looked after which, being a Triumph, they tended to be.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Fairly decent value when new, a good Trident today can be had for around £2000 today. Most now however getting fairly long in the tooth so buy the latest, lowest mileage version you can affrord and be prepared to shop around. 750s are cheaper than 900s, despite being virtually identical. Find a Triumph Trident 900 for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 14 of 17

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Model History

1991: 900 and 750 Tridents launched
1998: 900 and 750 Tridents deleted.

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Specifications

Top speed 130 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 100 bhp
Max torque 61 ft-lb
Weight 212 kg
Seat height mm
Fuel capacity 25 litres
Average fuel consumption 44 mpg
Tank range 130 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 14 of 17
Engine size 885 cc
Engine specification 12v transverse triple, 6 gears
Frame Tubular steel spine
Front suspension adjustment 43mm telescopic forks
Rear suspension adjustment Monoshock, preload adjust
Front brakes 2 x 296mm discs, four piston calipers
Rear brake 255mm disc twin piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 160/60 x 18

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(8 reviews)

  • Trident sprint 900 (1993)

    raygmorris69

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Just bought a 93 trident sprint 900 for less than a grand, 37k two owners, what a fantastic old bike, starts on the button, rides and handles great, excellent bike for winter rides, I am made up with it, I also own a Thunderbird 900 sport, witch is a retro trident, lovely bike to own, classic retro looks with modern manners, would recommend to anyone, I have had triumphs for some years now modern ones are very good, but for me they are a bit on the hard and fast side. Had a sprint st 1050 2007, great bike but more sport than tourer, Whereas the 900 is more tourer than sport, witch suits me better. The sprint 900 is a great all round bike, little on the heavy side but not as bad as a 1200 bandit, and not a problem if you are a tall or larger rider, I am 6 foot and will need to change the screen to a higher one, as i get a little head bashing at higher speed, No other complaints, triple motor is fantastic, cant stand screaming fours, fuel eon good, very cheap insurance, both my bikes get lots of attention at the local cafe, i think because they stand out now from the crowd, So peeps, don,t go and spend 10k on a shiny new bike, fill your garage up with some modern British classics , you won't regret it and you certainly will not loose money, after all all these bikes are about as cheep as they will ever get, The only way is up if you look after it.

    18 November 2013

  • Trident sprint 900 (1993)

    raygmorris69

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Just bought a 93 trident sprint 900 for less than a grand, 37k two owners, what a fantastic old bike, starts on the button, rides and handles great, excellent bike for winter rides, I am made up with it, I also own a Thunderbird 900 sport, witch is a retro trident, lovely bike to own, classic retro looks with modern manners, would recommend to anyone, I have had triumphs for some years now modern ones are very good, but for me they are a bit on the hard and fast side. Had a sprint st 1050 2007, great bike but more sport than tourer, Whereas the 900 is more tourer than sport, witch suits me better. The sprint 900 is a great all round bike, little on the heavy side but not as bad as a 1200 bandit, and not a problem if you are a tall or larger rider, I am 6 foot and will need to change the screen to a higher one, as i get a little head bashing at higher speed, No other complaints, triple motor is fantastic, cant stand screaming fours, fuel eon good, very cheap insurance, both my bikes get lots of attention at the local cafe, i think because they stand out now from the crowd, So peeps, don,t go and spend 10k on a shiny new bike, fill your garage up with some modern British classics , you won't regret it and you certainly will not loose money, after all all these bikes are about as cheep as they will ever get, The only way is up if you look after it.

    18 November 2013

  • Future Classic 1998 Trident 750

    SGJKIWI

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I brought a 1998 750 Trident with only 8500 miles on the clock after looking for a long time for this bike. First impressions this is a great bike for its age and very easy to use the 750 engine which is the short stroke version revs out better than the 900 and there is also very little difference in horsepower between the two different models although the 900 is most probally better 2 up The bike handles very well for its age and gives a big grin factor. If you get a good one hold on to it as these are only going to go up in value

    05 September 2013

  • 1998 Trident 750

    thebluebfg

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Just a brilliant back to basics bike. There a very few bikes to match the Trident for reliability and ease of ownership. I'm a mechanical numpty but a Haynes manual and a sunny day is all you need for this bike. Its engine is superb, very flexible and powerful, the ride is stable although the suspension is a little wallowy (mind you my suspension is getting on a bit, may be time to upgrade), the seat is all day comfy, the pillion seat is also very spacious and comfy and the tank range excellent. It's also a bike designed for a normal sized brit so it fits a 6 footer like me a lot better than similar japanese bikes I tried. You can get one of these for £1500 and it's one the best buys you could ask for!

    04 May 2013

  • 1993 Trident 900

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    WOW! Where have you been all my motorcycling life? I was bored with all the 'plastic fantastics' and yearned for a proper motor bike. I had never considered Triumph before and had gone through a succession of Honda's and Suzuki's (Fireblade, SV650, DRZ400, VFR800, TDM800, TTR250, CB750, CX500, CRF250 etc. I found this Trident on ebay and could not believe the condition it was in even after 18 years it looked as though it had just come out the showroom. The bike gleams and looks fantastic! The engine has six gears (why?) five is more than enough. It is as sweet as a nut. It rides and feels like I'am on a proper bike again, and the grin factor is back. I don't speed everywhere, I ride to enjoy myself and safety is always upper most in my mind having lost several close friends to motorcycling accidents. This bike has done 24,000 and the alternator bolt had sheared when I bought it unknown to me at the time but only cost £86.00 to repair at BS Bikes in Tunstall. I am worried that the sprag clutch may go but if it does it does. The finish on these bikes is the best that I have ever seen and its so cheap to insure (£76.00 with Bennetts), I love the upright riding position it must be an age thing being 52 now I can ride upto 2 hours without a break in relative comfort on this bike. The mirror stems and the underside of the head light chrome ring are showing signs of slight surface rust on close inspection and the right hand engine cover starts to bubble due to the powder coating issue. Other than these minor points the bike is perfect. The acceleration is something else, it's a Fazer 1000 but with pedigree and breeding, just have to re-learn how to take corners all over again and one day I might be able to put this bike onto its centre stand...lol this is a man's bike alright. It turns heads everywhere I go in its British Racing Green and Cream livery and everyone comments about its good looks. A great bike for very little money...highly recommend you look one up if you are yearning for something different.

    07 July 2011

  • 750 yin

    champion1971

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Had my 750 Trident (98) model for 3 months, bought with FSH and well looked after, it has served me well so far (every day use) niggles are, normal pipe removel is a must!!! Shh!. it's a bit bouncy on the road, but that's it really. 200mpg and easy 2 throw around - for a heavy bike, 1st Triumph, so happy so far, last of the Brit Bikes.

    22 June 2011

  • 1993 trident 900

    vince newman

    Average rating rating is 4

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    bought it new in 1993,31000 miles of which 90% have been long hauls around europe,two chains and sprockets and on my 5th pair of tyres present make battle axe 020's seem to suit bike and me ok, no problems execept the sprag clutch goingat 23000 miles,very torquey pulls like a train fully loaded up mountian passes, and is quite happy to cruise at 85-90 allday

    28 June 2010

  • 1995 Trident 900

    Anonymous

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    Bought my Trident new in August 1995.Still have it to this day with now over 45000 miles under its wheels.Beautiful strong,smoothe and torquey motor which is more than capable of hauling 2 people plus luggage over long distances.Have done over 500 miles in one day through France with minimal discomfort for myself or my wife. Handling is a bit top heavy, especially when fully loaded (Givi panniers and top box plus tank bag) for 2 up touring,but even so can still be hustled through corners quite nicely. I've had no reliability problems at all so far,just normal service replacements. Fully loaded at 80-85mph on French autoroutes I can usually get 155 to 175 miles before the fuel warning light comes on, so fuel range is pretty good. It is run on 10/50 or 15/50 fully synthetic oil which is changed every year. Tyres at the moment are Avon Storms which seem to suit it well and gave 7000 miles at the rear and over 8000 at the front (and still counting). Goodridge hoses and EBC HH pads give pretty good braking. Hagon shock and front springs help the handling and a Gpz style handlebar fairing helps keep the wind off. Overall a very strong reliable bike which will go to the shops or the depths of France with minimal fuss or effort. And all with a beautiful 3 cylinder soundtrack. Don't think I'll ever sell it. Couldn't get anything as good for the money so why bother?

    22 June 2010

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hughzs

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1998 trident

Brought the Trident new in 1998. It has been a great bike will never sell it.

18 September 2011 01:46

jakkif

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1992 Trident 900

Agree with everything said so far.  We bought ours in 1997 to ride to Faro rally.  Since then done lots of overseas and long distance trips, all two up, and it has now done over 100K.  Starter sprag replaced at about 30K and have had new black box and radiator along the way.  Just got back from the TT on it and its still running strong and has a great turn of speed when needed.  Run Battlax tyres and last two chains have been Gold chains which do seem to have a longer life than standard.  Always use Triumph batteries and Triumph parts rather than pattern parts as they have a much longer life.  Recommend Sprint Manufacturing for second hand good quality spares. Would definitely have another and at the prices now for second hand its a lot of bike for your money.

04 July 2010 09:35

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trident900

i have a 1993 model, and and agree with you,bought it new in 1993, no problems execept the sprag clutch goingat 23000 miles, my only difference in oppinion is that is seems to be a bit skittish solo. but the more weight it  cvarries the smoother it handles, perhaps i should up grade the suspension any comments,it has done 31000 miles of which 90% have been long hauls around europe,two chains and sprockets and on my 5th pair of tyres present make battle axe 020's seem to suit bike and me ok, at this rate its cheep motoring and it will probably see me out

28 June 2010 21:05

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