1967 Triumph Bonneville 650
Frame no. T120RDU36276
Engine no. T120RDU36276
By the middle 1960s, Triumph was in its stride with its unit twins. The 650 motor was competitively powerful, the complete bike light and so fast, and reliability was greatly improved. The Bonneville was still a 4-speed and kick-start. In 1966, many were painted a one-year-only creamy white, with red center stripe, but with black side panels - the dual seat featured a light gray top with black/gray sides and white piping reinforcing the traditional look. Arguably the '66 was the most stylish of them all.
This matching numbers Bonneville sports a custom black over silver painted tank to follow the lines of the original spec. seat grey over black seat. It is believed to have had only four owners from new, the first is unknown, the second owned it for 20 years or more (he restored it but never rode it in all that time), a brief one year with a third custodian, and the fourth, the seller, for nine years. The seller had the motor rebuilt by Steve Hamill of St. Paul, Minnesota, the world-renowned Vincent motor builder and Bonneville world speed record holder. The bike is currently fitted with Mikuni carburetors and pancake air filters, replacement (and louder than stock) mufflers, a reproduction seat, headlight and speedometer and tachometer. During the seller's ownership the bike was put into dry storage every winter at Roy's Repair of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and each spring was prepared in the shop prior to summer riding. Reportedly, this bike starts and runs well.