1970 Triumph 649cc T120R Bonneville
Registration no. WWT 168J
Frame no. JD57792 T120R
Engine no. JD57792 T120R
The café racers favourite since its launch, thanks to lusty acceleration and a top speed approaching 120mph, the Bonneville arrived at what aficionados consider its ultimate specification with the launch of the 1968 model. By this time the frame had been sorted and 12-volt electrics standardised, but welcome additional improvements included shuttle-valve fork internals, independently adjustable ignition points, Amal Concentric carburettors and a long overdue twin-leading-shoe front brake. For the next couple of seasons the Bonnie continued essentially unchanged before the disastrous launch of the oil-in-frame (OIF) models in 1970 precipitated the collapse of the entire BSA-Triumph Group. Today these late, pre-OIF Bonnevilles are becoming increasingly sought after by collectors on both sides of the Atlantic.
Dating from the last year of production prior to the introduction of the oil-in-frame model, this highly original example appears to have been first registered in the UK in 1991 and was most probably sold new in the USA. The machine is offered with owners handbook, service bill, Triumph Owners Motor Cycle Club dating letter, purchase receipt (1991) and an expired MoT and tax disc issued that same year.