1969 Triumph 650cc T120R Bonneville
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. Adjustments to frame design and general specifications over the years, included standardized 12-volt electrics, shuttle-valve fork internals, independently adjustable ignition points, Amal Concentric carburettors and a long overdue twin-leading-shoe front brake. The Bonnie continued essentially unchanged, before the launch of the ‘oil-in-frame’ models in 1970.
The motorcycle offered
The matching-numbers 1969 Triumph 650cc T120R Bonneville offered from the penultimate year of the truly classic Bonnevilles has been part of our vendor’s private collection. It was the subject of a comprehensive restoration in 2017 and remains in excellent condition. Paint is excellent and in the correct burnt orange with painted fenders with correct striping. The engine was fully rebuilt, as were the forks and wheels, shod with new Dunlop tires. Although meticulously maintained and in excellent mechanical condition, the vendor has agreed to further re-commissioning of the bike just prior to delivery to ensure a great riding experience.