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MCN overall verdict rating is 3

The Triumph Adventurer, a cruiser style version of the Thunderbird, adds dollop of crass to already glittery, faux concoction. It’s an OK motorcycle, thanks mostly to the stupendous Triumph triple engine, but the Triumph Adventurer is about as cool and stylish as purple velvet loon pants. Oh, did someone say they’re back in?


MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

For our money, along with the T-bird, the Triumph Adventurer is one of the best incarnations of the original big Hinckley triple. 885cc three has been detuned from Trident and Trophy spec to give even more oomph. Wound open the Triumph Adventurer's engine sounds like a squadron of Lancasters and with restyle chromy and curvy engine cases it looks the business, too. A classic.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Triumph Adventurer is more laid back, quite literally, than the Thunderbird thanks to a 19/16-inch wheel combo, longer forks and higher bars. The Triumph Adventurer's handling can’t match the slice and dash of the T-bird but it’s reasonable, nevertheless and undoubtedly smooth.


MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

Nothing to write home about. The Triumph Adventurer has twin dial clocks in a retro style, decent enough mirrors, capable switchgear and that’s about it. Compared to the T-Bird the Triumph Adventurer has megaphone pipes, a ‘fat bob’ rear fender (mudguard) and different tank badge and knee pads.

Triumph Adventurer (1995-2002)

Detail Value
Dealer used prices
£3,050 (2000) - £3,500 (2000)
Private used prices
£2,770 (2000) - £3,180 (2000)
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Engine size 885 cc
Power 70 bhp
Top speed 120 mph
Insurance group 13 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 5
Engine rating is 5 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 5
Value rating is 3 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

From around 1993 onwards, Triumph quality moved on apace – and it certainly shows with the T-Bird and Triumph Adventurer. Paint and chome is thick, fit and finish is generally good and those early triples are basically over-engineered so are solid as old nails, too…


MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

There aren’t that many Triumph Adventurers about (it was primarily built to break into the American market) but even so, in the UK at least they’ve depreciated faster than the more popular T-Bird making the Triumph Adventurer good value. Comparable Japanese bikes are generally cheaper, though… Find a Triumph Adventurer for sale


Insurance group: 13 of 17

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Model History

1995: Triumph Adventurer launched.
1997: Triumph Adventurer now with lower handlebars. Rear sissy bar now standard. New style seat.
1998: Triumph Adventurergets new sub frame. New wheels. Repositioned side panels. Lower seat.
2001: Triumph Adventurer discontinued.

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Top speed 120 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 13.4 secs
Max power 70 bhp
Max torque 53.1 ft-lb
Weight 220 kg
Seat height 750 mm
Fuel capacity 15 litres
Average fuel consumption 44 mpg
Tank range 165 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 13 of 17
Engine size 885 cc
Engine specification 12v transverse triple, 6 gears
Frame Steel tube spine
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes 2 x 320mm discs
Rear brake 285mm disc
Front tyre size 110/80 x 18
Rear tyre size 160/80 x 16

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(2 reviews)

  • great bike

    theo kuiper

    Average rating rating is 5

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    my adv. is a ltd ed. build in 1998. my wife and i are travelling all trough out europe .since than it rode over 170.000 km. with out any serious problem. great isn't regards Theo Kuiper netherlands

    07 April 2008

  • I love my Adventurer


    Average rating rating is 4

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    The motor is, of course, the jewel here, but the rest of the bike is very nice as well. Other riders often ask me about the bike, and I have not come across another one in my travels. It is a very unique motorcycle that has proven to be very reliable and enjoyable to ride. The forks are a bit soft, but nothing that stiffer springs will not cure. The rear shock is a bit harsh on the hacked up roads around New England, but I fitted a ZX7 shock and all is well.

    03 March 2008


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Huh ?

Tango. Triumph is just another motorcycle.

You are welcome to your opinion this is America. I dont have to love or not love a Triumph.

The world is grey to me. Ive owned 70+ bikes, my quest is for the near perfect bike. I have a Sport bike, Cruiser and Duel Sport , so far no one bike can do it all. Maybe if Honda would import the African Twin I could come close. Just my 2 cents.

oh, and yes I have owned a Triumph. I liked it ok, didnt Love it, didnt Hate it.


03 July 2009 02:57



Triumph Adventurer - I like it

I agree with most of the review comments but they miss one point. That is, it's a TRIUMPH. You either respect that and love them or you don't. It's a bit like saying you "own a Harley" - some people give that credance, others do not. Otherwise the Adventurer is a serviceable bike with lots going for it. It handles OK - because th epeople that ride it demand "OK" - it is not a racer so some things are less essential. It works for me anyhow. Th ething that people miss, though, is that whereas the 1200cc Harleys are around 50bhp, the Adventurer is 70 bhp. Now OK there are faster bikes about - but not ones that look like this! a crome-covered head-turner that shoots away quickly, has plenty of power in reserve and is so much fun to ride without being a plastic racer. For a born-again biker like me, it seems to cover all the bases. Criticisms? Yes ! Firstly the sissy bars and/or luggage racks are like gold - can't be found anywhere, and the air filters require about 16 bolts to undo and remove in order to balance the carbs. Any slight mis-firing requires £100 to put right if done by a mechanic. Triumph servicing is, in my opinion, expensive too.

03 October 2007 11:39

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