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MCN overall verdict rating is 3

The Triumph Legend TT is a slightly more basic, cheaper version of the Triumph Thunderbird which rides fine – slightly better even, truth be told – but only looks good to those who wear sunglasses indoors. Which, in our book, defeats half the point. Unless you love the Triumph Legend TT's black engine etc, we recommend you go for a T-Bird.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Like the T-bird, the Triumph Legend TT 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 Legend TT sounds like a squadron of Lancasters. The only downside is that, as part of the cost-cutting, it’s finished in black instead of the Thunderbird’s delectable chrome. Yuk.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3

Again, like the T-Bird, the Triumph Legend TT is easy to dismiss as a soft, laid back custom. In truth, the Triumph Legend TT, like its bigger brother, may be a tad tall (blame the scaffold pole steel spine frame) and heavy, but it cuts a decent dash nevertheless. Comfy, too.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 1.5

Bit disappointing, really. Where the T-bird glitters and glistens, the Triumph Legend TT  (bit OTT name that, we think) offers merely plain and dull. Still, you can glitz the Triumph Legend TT up with some of the goodies available  from the big fat Triumph accessories catalogue.

Triumph Legend TT (1998-2000)

Detail Value
Dealer used prices
£3,560 (1999) - £4,020 (1999)
Private used prices
£3,210 (1999) - £3,620 (1999)
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Engine size 885 cc
Power 70 bhp
Top speed 125 mph
Insurance group 13 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 4
Engine rating is 3 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 3
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 1.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 4 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Like most early Hinckley Triumph’s the T-Bird family benefited from engineering paranoia to the extent that the Triumph Legend TT is massively over-engineered, understressed and pretty durable, too.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Triumph Legend TTs are rarer but cheaper generally than the T-Bird so, if you can find one they tend to offer good value. Used Triumph Legend TTs for around £3000 represent, we reckon, much better value than an equivilent Harley… Find a Triumph Legend TT for sale

Insurance

Insurance group: 13 of 17

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Model History

1998: Triumph Legend TT launched.
1999: Deluxe version Triumph Legend TT launched.
2000: Triumph Legend TT deleted.

Other Versions

Triumph Legend TT Deluxe: Features minor detail modifications and enhancements.

Specifications

Top speed 125 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.9 secs
Max power 70 bhp
Max torque 53.1 ft-lb
Weight 215 kg
Seat height 790 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 Single 320mm disc
Rear brake 285mm disc
Front tyre size 110/80 x 18
Rear tyre size 160/80 x 16

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 3.5(4 reviews)

  • Restrained & Classy....

    Offshore

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    The MCN Review says "Plain & Dull" - for me it is "Restrained & Classy".....if I'd wanted to ride around covered in shiney stuff I'd wrap myself in tin foil - or buy a Harley :-) But of course different strokes for different folks........ I bought the Triumph Legend (year 2000 with 15000 miles on the clock) on impulse in July 2008, no great love of Triumphs or British Bikes but the bike just looked right.....plus a 900cc triple - what's not to like! Have done around another 3000 miles mainly short urban commute. Not the fastest bike in the world, but loads of character and a relaxed riding style. Nice and slim for traffic splitting. Brakes are ok, but not up for floating rear wheel "stoppies".....but bike does not encourage that sort of riding even though plenty of grunt when wanted, albeit cornering is slightly behind the engine - which seems to flatter the rider. One of those bikes that is better than the sum of it's parts, so I will be keeping the Triumph for another few years at least - even if joined in the stable by others. The only mod I have done is fit some new (Triumph OE) exhausts - the intermediate versions, not stamped for road use, but sound classy noisey with more than a bit of base. Like a 900cc Triumph Triple. Makes me smile riding the bike :-)

    08 March 2009

  • Solid

    pmconnau

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    With new pipes I'm finding this triple engine to have all the push i need. The stock suspension is mushy. I've broken the rear turn signals off twice now so a light mount a little less rigid would be better. Overall, very comfortable and fast enough. For the price its a great way to get into a Triumph with classic style but more HP than the new Bonny.

    14 November 2008

  • Solid

    pmconnau

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    With new pipes I'm finding this triple engine to have all the push i need. The stock suspension is mushy. I've broken the rear turn signals off twice now so a light mount a little less rigid would be better. Overall, very comfortable and fast enough. For the price its a great way to get into a Triumph with classic style but more HP than the new Bonny.

    14 November 2008

  • For the vertically challenged!

    charliebrookes

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Despite the fact that I bought the Legend because its seat height suits my not so leggy legs, and I think it looked and sounded great, everyone who has ridden it has been pleasantly surprised by what a decent bike it is. The Legend handles well and is deceptively quick if you want it to be. But if, like me, you love the sound the triple makes and want a comfortabe blast round some country roads its quite happy to do that too. I picked it up at a good price after a few years away from bikes and everytime I ride it I'm glad I puruaded the misses it was a good idea for me to get back on a bike!

    08 May 2007

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Performance Parts

I just came to own a 2000 TT - its going to be a project bike and I'm having a heck of a time finding aftermarket parts. Can anyone recommend a good supplier, catalog? Parts for the T-Bird are easier to find - does anyone know if they fit the Legend TT? THANKS!

14 November 2008 18:39

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