1966 Triumph 650cc T120 TT Special
Frame no. T120TT DU 31292
Engine no. T120TT DU 31292
Originally conceived for the 1963 model year, by west coast distributor Bill Johnson of Johnson Motors, the TT was a high performance, factory race bike, stripped down and performance tuned to fill the niche markets of off-road racing. In 1967, at the end of its limited production run, only 900 TT Specials were built.
Beginning with and improving upon their street legal Bonneville, the Triumph factory racer came with bigger carbs, higher compression pistons, hotter camshafts and a high output ignition system, to produce 54hp at 6,500 rpm. Closer ratio gears were installed in the four-speed gearbox, chain drive sprocket ratios were altered, and larger diameter exhaust pipes were tucked under the frame, without mufflers. Aluminum, or more durable stainless-steel fenders replaced the street items. Lights, fork lock and speedometer were deleted and only a tachometer was fitted. The forks received special springs and internal valving. These stripped-down bikes weighed 350 pounds, some 30 pounds lighter than the stock configuration.
To further differentiate the TT from the street models, the Bonneville-derived 2 ½ gallon fuel tanks came with special paint schemes. For 1967 the colors were aubergine over either gold or white, pin-striped in gold by hand.
The motorcycle offered here, was purchased many years ago, by prominent collector and restorer, Jeff Gilbert. Jeff took the bike apart and fully restored it both mechanically and cosmetically to his usual painstaking and meticulous accuracy and standard of finish. It was then sold on to become a part of the famed Mike Taggart collection. A matching-numbers example, the bike shows well, and the restoration has held up very well. Now mellowed and with a soft patina, the bike shows very few blemishes. Paint is excellent, as are chrome and black finishes. Fasteners are all correctly cad-plated and in great condition. The seat cover shows very minor wear.
The engine has great compression, but the bike has been on static display for several years. As such, it will require the usual re-commissioning and safety checks.
This motorcycle is offered with a clean, clear title.