>they are one of the best looking bikes of the time. Unfortunately though, every time you read about them in Real Classic, you get the impression you should avoid them.
Snag with F&R is they never understood triples.
T160 is one of the best looking bikes of all time but, rather like a beautiful woman, if you don't give it/her your full attention at least the majority of the time, they become a pain.
Unlike beautiful women ime, triples will just about tolerate other bikes, but they need to be other Triumphs (possibly BSA's at a push but I've never tested the theory) so most of the maintenance procedures are the same.
Otoh, Frank was/is forever titting about with completely-different makes of other bikes, he and R hand over their triples to 'dealers' who are simply star-struck, whose egos won't let them admit they know absolutely bugger-all about triples (how many 'dealers' did R hand her Hurricane to before Richard Darby at 3D Motorcycles finally diagnosed and fixed the problem?).
My first T160 was my first new bike and my 21st and graduation present to me. I also bought another one five years later. I still own both. Both have "sensible mods." (electronic ignition, twin front discs, proper alternator, headlamp for seeing with at night on a 120 mph-capable motorcycle). Both have sorely tried my patience many times. But Charlton Heston applies.