Custom Von Dutch pinstriped tank
1970 Triumph T140 Bonneville
Frame no. KD27229
Engine no. T140VNX01160
Triumph entered the 1960s with its larger twin-cylinder machines recognisably similar to the first Speed Twin of 1938. Unitary construction of the engine and gearbox was already a feature of the 350cc and 500cc twins though, and this innovation duly appeared on the 650s in 1963. The Bonneville continued in this new form as Triumph's top-of-the-range sports roadster. Its engine, chassis and cycle parts were updated year by year, and by the decade's end the T120R Bonneville had arrived at what most enthusiasts agree is the model's ultimate incarnation.
At the hand of Triumph restorer and customizer, Craig Griffiths, this 1970 T120, although mildly at first glance, has been heavily modified. The inspiration piece for this build was a gas tank with hand painted pinstripes and logo from the inimitable Von Dutch. In excellent condition, the tank has been clear-coated for preservation. Purchased from Bud Ekins, who acquired it from Jim Brucker, owner of MovieWorld, and employer of Von Dutch, the tank came with a letter of provenance from Brucker and will accompany the bike.
The engine started life as a very ordinary T140 750cc twin of 1978 vintage. Rebuilt from the crank up, the unit's five speed gearbox has been extensively modified and now shifts from the right side, making it a traditional, yet incredibly fast bike.
The bike, converted to 12V electrics is complete with Webco oiler, rare Bates footpeg rubbers, custom seat, though with a nod to the traditional seat design of the '60s Bonneville.
- The frame number listed in the catalog is incomplete. The complete frame number is KD27229TR6C.