Considered by some to be the world’s first “factory custom”, the Triumph Hurricane was the brainchild of Craig Vetter (well known as a motorcycle designer and manufacturer of custom motorcycle fairings) and Don Brown (General Manager of BSA). Brown wanted a better looking British triple, as he believed the Trident and Rocket III weren’t selling well in the US because of blocky styling.
Vetter worked his magic and the bike was initially going to be released as a BSA in 1972. Minor issue – BSA was about to go bankrupt. So the Hurricane was instead branded as a Triumph. Unfortunately, within a year America had released stricter noise standards from motorcycles and the Hurricane couldn’t meet them. Just like that, the bike was done. Want to learn more? Check out Classic Bike Guide’s write-up of this wonderful bike. Or, even better, Craig Vetter has a story on how this bike came to be here on his website.
This example (VIN: TRX75PH01221) has 9,437 miles and the seller says it’s immaculate. claiming it’s a 9+ out of 10. The cosmetics are all original and it was recently gone through by an expert in the model so that it “runs exactly like new.” Find this Hurricane for sale in Jupiter, Florida with bidding up to $18,600 and the reserve not yet met