2012-07-05 11:07:53+0000
  • Make:
  • Triumph
  • Model:
  • Bonneville T120
  • Year:
  • 1967

A British motorcycle, the Triumph Bonneville T 120R was produced from 1959 to 1975. It was the last design of Triumph's legendary designer, the late Edward Turner. When the Bonneville was launched, Triumph claimed it was ‟The Best Motorcycle in the World”. The bike had a 649 cc parallel-twin air cooled engine, 4-speed gearbox (1972+ had 5-speed) it could achieve a top speed of 115 mph (185 km/h). Early models had a tendency to wobble at high speeds, this was later fixed in the 1963+ models and in 1971 Triumph introduced Oil In Frame versions.

The name comes from the achievements of Texas racer Johnny Allen on the Bonneville Salt Flats where he used a modified Triumph motor to achieve a land speed record in 1955. Triumph used his popularity by placing ‟World's Fastest Motorcycle” stickers on their motorbikes. The Bonneville T120 won the 1967 and 1969 Isle of Man TT and achieved 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the 1969 Thruxton 500 mile endurance race. In the late 60's the bike's popularity surged, a record high 28,000 T120R's were sold in The United States in 1967 alone. The T120R's was a model made for the US featuring higher handlebars and a smaller tank. The bike has some flaws but, many owners cherish its uniqueness and racing history. That is why the Bonneville T120 to this day is a well sought after bike.

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