TRIUMPH LEGEND TT (1998-2000) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

A slightly more basic, cheaper version of the Triumph Thunderbird

TRIUMPH LEGEND TT  (1998-2000)

A slightly more basic, cheaper version of the Triumph Thunderbird

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

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 unless you love the Triumph Legend TT's black engine etc, we recommend you go for the far classier T-Bird.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

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.

Engine 3 out of 5

Like the T-bird, the Triumph Legend TT is one of the best incarnations of the original big Hinckley triple. The 885cc three cylinder has been detuned from Trident and Trophy spec to give even more low down oomph. Wound open the Triumph Legend TT sounds like a squadron of Lancasters. The only downside is that, as part of the cost-cutting, the motor is finished in black instead of the Thunderbird’s delectable chrome.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 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.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 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 represent, we reckon, much better value than an equivalent Harley… Find a Triumph Legend TT for sale

Insurance group: 13 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 3 out of 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. 

Owners' Reviews

6 owners have reviewed their TRIUMPH LEGEND TT (1998-2000) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your TRIUMPH LEGEND TT (1998-2000)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3.5 out of 5
Engine 4.7 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.5 out of 5
Equipment 2 out of 5
3 out of 5

Basic but fun.

17 June 2017 by David

It is very primitive, and I'm not writing that as a fan of any modern bikes. Compared to my Gpz Kawasakis from the '80's, it seems pretty basic. However that simplicity does mean it's easy to service. Bucket and shim valves are a pain, and although... Read more removing the carbs to get at the air filter sounds mad, it actually takes about 10 minutes. Chain adjustment lacks the eccentric spindle of other triumphs and old kawas, which is sad. Two bolts undo the seat, no fuel guage, no centre stand, no lock on tank cap, very basic and harsh suspension, but a surprisingly good ride.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
With a basic screen, a 250 mile journey up through Wales on A and B roads is brilliant. (Bridgestone BT21's: can't fault them.) Now that I've got a reupholstered and taller seat, it is very comfortable. Motorways are tedious and not fun on this bike tho'. There are bikes that are happy sitting at 85, this isn't one of them, even tho it'll reach ton+ easily, you won't want to stay there. Handling thru twistys is far, far better than expected. Pillion experience is ok, but not great, mainly because suspension is harsh. Brakes were terrible, but much improved with a slightly bigger master cylinder on front. I'd like a second disc on front, but it's not bad as is.
Engine
4 out of 5
Torque. This engine can make you lazy, cos you can do pretty much everything with one gear, if you wanted. It'll pull from stupidly low down, but there is absolutely no point in revving the nuts off it. When cold it sounds like a sack of nails, and the gearbox is very clunky. But I have to admit, the exhaust note is what sold it to me. "Squadron of Lancasters" is spot on, and when I open it up, it just makes me laugh like a twat.
Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
If ridden year round, that black paint suffers. It looks crap on mine now, and corrosion has got under it in places. Stainless steel pipes are good. As for reliability, mine hasn't let me down on the road, but it has needed new coils, and a throttle cable broke, thankfully close to home. The air box cracks up with age, but can be rescued with sealant. I was surprised, that with only 10k miles on it how much needed doing on mine, but that's more down to previous owners and age than mileage. I've put 6k miles on it since then, and I'm happy with it.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
It is cheap. Parts from Ebay and Sprint Manufacturing, keep costs down, and TriumphWorld keep all the daft bits. TriumphRat forum is invaluable for knowledge. A centre stand was pricey but worth it. I put a slightly bigger engine sprocket on it when I changed the chain, and now easily get 55-60mpg, for very little loss of acceleration.
Equipment
2 out of 5
It hasn't got any equipment! I've had to put a locking filler cap on it, for G's sake! I've put a centre stand on, cos no bike outside a race track should be without one. Heated grips, and a screen for winter. Even though I'm only 5'6", the seat was way too low for long distances, so I bought a T'bird seat off ebay and raised it with 2 inches of extra foam. It is far more comfy, and looks way better to my eye. Oh, and flatter bars; the originals were far too Harley-high for my taste.
Buying experience

Bought privately; I'm the 5th owner, so I was suspicious, but it seems it was just a neglected toy. I've put a few miles on it now to feel easier about it. I payed £2k in 2013. Hope it's worth a bit more now. It is certainly popular; every time I park it someone makes me an offer. I don't quite understand that, for a primitive semi-retro. However, it has a lot more poke than a new Bonneville; maybe that's it.

4 out of 5

09 October 2016 by Jerry

not a lot of accessories Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
wish for a bit more front brake "bite"
Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
Bullet proof: does everything great. Not a race bike, but you can take it anywhere. Excellent first bike, you may not even out grow it!
Buying experience

I saw it I wanted it!

5 out of 5

Restrained & Classy....

08 March 2009 by Offshore

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... Read more 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 :-)

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
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Equipment
2 out of 5
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4 out of 5

Solid

14 November 2008 by pmconnau

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.... Read more For the price its a great way to get into a Triumph with classic style but more HP than the new Bonny.

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
1 out of 5
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4 out of 5

Solid

14 November 2008 by pmconnau

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.... Read more For the price its a great way to get into a Triumph with classic style but more HP than the new Bonny.

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
1 out of 5
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4 out of 5

For the vertically challenged!

08 May 2007 by charliebrookes

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... Read more 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!

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
2 out of 5
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Read all 6 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1998
Year discontinued 2000
Original price -
Used price £4,300 to £6,000
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 13 of 17
Annual road tax £85
Annual service cost £60
Performance
Max power 70 bhp
Max torque 53.1 ft-lb
Top speed 125 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.9 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 790mm
Bike weight 215kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake Single 320mm disc
Rear brake 285mm disc
Front tyre size 110/80 x 18
Rear tyre size 160/80 x 16

History & Versions

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.

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