1969 Triumph 650cc T120R Bonneville
Frame no. GC20840 T120R
Engine no. GC20840 T120R
Graced by one of the most evocative names in the history of motorcycling, the Triumph Bonneville owes its existence to record-breaking successes achieved on the eponymous Utah salt flats in 1958, when a Tiger 110 set a new 650cc production machine record of over 147mph.
Hurriedly prepared for its debut at the 1958 Earls Court Show Triumph’s Bonneville arrived at a time when young motorcycle enthusiasts wanted style as well as substance and had the money to pay for it. The bike was a real looker and soon became the café racers’ favourite. With unit construction arriving in ’63, the Bonneville continued as Triumph’s top-of-the-range sportster.
Dating from one of the pinnacle years of development, this very late (June) 1969 matching-numbers model was purchased by the previous collector/owner more or less as you see it. Restored well, but with a custom appearance, the bike started with a nicely powder-coated frame, in which hangs a rebuilt engine and overhauled gearbox. All cycle parts were refurbished and restored as needed. The bike was then sold as a shop adornment at Glory Motorworks, a local LA shop specializing in European motorcycles, servicing, restoring, and building ‘specials’ for Hollywood clientele. The bike was again, on static display for the most part, with a handful of miles being added. To ready the bike for sale, it received a full re-commissioning and service. As such, it is offered in equally as good condition mechanically as it is cosmetically. The engine starts easily, idles well and has good, responsive power. The bike shifts well through all gears with a good clutch. Brakes, and suspension all work perfectly, as do the electrical systems.
The bike presents very nicely with good paint finish. Frame, cycle parts and all chrome parts are in excellent condition.