TRIUMPH ADVENTURER 900 (1995-2002) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

"Cruiser style version of Thunderbird adds dollop of crass to already glittery, faux concoction"

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"Cruiser style version of Thunderbird adds dollop of crass to already glittery, faux concoction"

  • At a glance
  • 885cc  -  70 bhp
  • 44 mpg  -  165 miles range
  • Medium seat height (750mm)

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

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?

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 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.

Engine 5 out of 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.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 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…

Value & Running Costs 3 out of 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 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 3 out of 5

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.

Owners' Reviews

2 owners have reviewed their TRIUMPH ADVENTURER 900 (1995-2002) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

great bike

07 April 2008 by theo kuiper

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 Read more

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

I love my Adventurer

03 March 2008 by gp61

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... Read more 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.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
Read all 2 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1995
Year discontinued 2002
Original price -
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 13 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 70 bhp
Max torque 53.1 ft-lb
Top speed 120 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 13.4 secs
Average fuel consumption 44 mpg
Tank range 165 miles
Specification
Engine size 885cc
Engine type 12v transverse triple, 6 gears
Frame type Steel tube spine
Fuel capacity 15 litres
Seat height 750mm
Bike weight 220kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs
Rear brake 285mm disc
Front tyre size 110/80 x 18
Rear tyre size 160/80 x 16

History & Versions

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.

Other versions

None.

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