Triumph Bonneville Motorcycle, T120R, 650cc.
Triumph are at the heart of the Classic British Motorcycle World, with the hallmark of any classic Triumph being its great performance, exceptional handling & stunning good looks. Triumph’s Bonneville arrived at a time when motorcycle enthusiasts wanted style as well as power. The name Bonneville comes from the famous Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, USA, and was chosen to celebrate the achievements of Texas-born racer Johnny Allen, and his record-breaking Triumph-powered Cee-Gar streamliner. The name was an inspired piece of marketing and with the striking two-tone paint finish, matching chrome mudguards and black cycle parts, the bike was the real deal. Based on the company’s Triumph Tiger T110 the ‘Bonnie’ was very popular because its performance more than matched that of its rivals, but more so, because it was a much better looking bike than any of the others at the time.
This 1973, 650cc Triumph T120R Bonneville is from a generation of Triumph Twins designed by Edward Turner. First registered on 26 January 1973 the matching frame and engine numbers -CG 49837- indicate manufacture in March 1972. It utilises the Oil-in-Frame (OIF) introduced in 1971.
An earlier owner had up-graded this bike by fitting the 1974 model year front forks incorporating the hydraulically operated calliper and disc brake, stainless steel mudguards front and rear. A Boyer Brandsen electronic ignition was also fitted.