Minichamps MIN122133600 1973 Triumph X-75 Hurricane Motorcycle - Orange and Red (1:12 Scale)
"German precision engineering at its finest!"
- The Motor Pool
The idea of the X75 was developed by Don Brown, who was the sales manager of the American importer in Nutley/ New Jersey. When he saw the new 750 Rocket3 in 1967, he was shocked. In his opinion the triple for the US-biker was way too conservative. Without asking the parent plant, he on his own assigned the well known designer Craig Vetter, who was only known among insiders and later became famous by his windjammer jackets, to create something new out of the existing bike.
In the spring of 1969, Vetter took the challenge, despite facing severe limitations. Neither the engine nor the chassis were allowed to be changed, although the rest of the bike could be modified as he saw fit. Taken straight out of the pages of the Rocket III, the designer wanted to create a visually appealing bike styled in the 'American way of life', but giving it a rather trendy chopper feeling. After drawing a couple of layouts, he started to work on the practical part and modeled a seat patrol tank planking. Taking this model he finished the Monocoque out of glass fiber and underneath it, he covered the tiny 9,5 liter petrol tank out of aluminum sheets.
Pictured here is a 1:12 scale replica of a 1973 Triumph X-75 Hurricane motorcycle painted in orange and red. Comes packaged in a handsome presentation case.
Length: 7 inches
Height: 3.50 inches
Release Date: October 2008
Historical Account: "White Noise" - The X-75 had a three US gallon petrol tank under the glass fibre bodywork and cost 895 new in the UK.
BSA was facing bankruptcy, however, so the design went into a limited production run of 1,200 units as the Triumph X-75 Hurricane in 1972. Production stopped in 1973 because the X-75 was not able to meet new American noise standards.
Surviving X-75's have a potentially fatal technical defect as cracks appear in either the top or bottom yoke if the pinch bolts are over-tightened. There was no specific torque setting issued by the factory for these pinch bolts.