Post-World War II, Triumph’s larger twins remained recognizably similar to the first Speed Twin of 1938. But as the 1960s dawned, unitary construction of engine and gearbox, already a feature of the 350 and 500 twins, was applied to the 650s, launching in the 1963 model year. The café racer’s favourite since its launch, thanks to lusty acceleration and a top speed approaching 120mph, the Bonneville continued in this new form as Triumph’s top-of-the-range sportster.
The 1968 Triumph 650cc T120R Bonneville offered here has been in the same ownership for over 30 years. During his stewardship, the bike was fully restored to very exacting standards, mildly customized to his personal taste and with little regard for expense. The tank was painted silver flashes over a mild candy red, with a stylish blue pinstripe. Side panels were chromed for a little extra punch. All aluminum has been polished: covers, levers, triple clamps, lower fork legs, etc. Cosmetically, the bike is exceptional.
Mechanically, the bike is just as good. With a desire of a little more power, the top end of the engine was replaced with a billet 750cc block from M.A.P. during the engine rebuild. With very limited use in recent years, the bike was fully re-commissioned and serviced. The clutch was replaced and new Amals were installed. A new battery and Dunlop K70 Gold Seals were fitted with a new electronic ignition system.
Meticulously maintained by the service department of the motorcycle dealer/owner throughout the ownership, the bike was fully serviced to ready it for sale. The bike starts easily and runs exceptionally well with great power delivery. Brakes, suspension and all electrical work as they should. There are no leaks. The bike is offered on a clean, clear title.