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Triumph D2-492-03-12
Photo ou archives : F-M. Dumas

Capacity : 750
Model : A 75 Hurricane
Production : 1972 - 1973
Category : (R) Street Bike


750 cm3 X 75 Hurricane – 1972

Image is everything!


Were the British motorcycle manufacturers too conservative or did the Japanese catch them napping? Whatever it was, the arrival of the Honda 750 in 1969 was followed by a flood of other multicylinder bikes that dealt a devastating blow to the British industry.


Desperate Measures

In one last desperate effort, the leading British makers attempted to re- establish themselves, particularly in what had been their leading export market, the United States. One of the most spectacular ventures in this field by the Triumph-BSA group was the 1972 Hurricane. Starting with the three- cylinder Triumph launched in 1968, the well-known American designer Craig Vetter proved remarkably successful in combining contemporary American styling with

muscular British machinery.


Triple Exhaust System

The naked engine kept no secrets, with three separate exhaust systems on the right of the machine giving the Hurricane a fabulous sporting appearance. It's said that its makers banned photos of the left side of the Hurricane, devoid of exhaust pipes, from being published. The tiny (2.4 gallons) teardrop-shaped tank and the lengthened front forks placed the Hurricane firmly among the ranks of the then-fashionable choppers. Produced in limited numbers, the Triumph Hurricane is today highly collectible.



Engine: 741cc (6700mm) three-cylinder four-stroke

Valves: overhead valves

Fuel system: triple carburetors

Transmission: 5-speed gearbox; chain final drive

Suspension: (front) telescopic forks; (rear)swinging fork

Brakes: (front) drum; (rear) drum

Wheels: (front) 3.25x19 in; (rear) 4.25x18 in

Weight: 445 lb


Image is everything! Julie Mann, wife of Triumph- BSA works rider Dick Mann, poses with the 1972 Hurricane

Motorcycle encyclopedia Moto Passion, realised by François-Marie Dumas, include almost 2000 photos presented with an exhaustive history of the motorcycles exhibited.

This unique collection has been realised with the participation of many specialists. With many thanks in particular to Yves Campion, Michael Dregni, Didier Ganneau, Jean Goyard, Helmut Krackowizer, Michel Montange, Christian Rey, Bernard Salvat, Mick Woollett, etc

One can order here

  • Original cards on paper (in french)
  • High resolution scans or original documents presented and signed with my name.

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