TRIUMPH LEGEND TT (1998-2000) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

"A slightly more basic, cheaper version of the Triumph Thunderbird"

Triumph Legend TT motorcycle review - Riding

"A slightly more basic, cheaper version of the Triumph Thunderbird"

  • At a glance
  • 885cc  -  70 bhp
  • 44 mpg  -  165 miles range
  • Low seat height (790mm)

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 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.

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. 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.

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.

Value & Running Costs 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 for around £3000 represent, we reckon, much better value than an equivilent 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. Still, you can glitz the Triumph Legend TT up with some of the goodies available  from the big fat Triumph accessories catalogue.

Owners' Reviews

4 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.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.3 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3.3 out of 5
Engine 4.8 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.5 out of 5
Equipment 1.5 out of 5
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 :-)

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

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

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

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

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1998
Year discontinued 2000
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 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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