1969 Triumph T120 Bonneville 650 – Offers above $17,000




SELLER SAYS: This bike is a an American import. At some stage in the past the frame has undergone powder coating, the colour is a very dark aubergine over silver with gold pin striping displaying original VGC patina as does the chrome and bright work. Wiring loom & electrics (Electronic ignition)are excellent. The engine & gearbox have just been totally rebuilt by a professional motor engineer utilising all new correct parts and where possible improved as in the Morgo high volume oil pump. Carburettors near new as are the tyres, brakes, wheel bearings and seat. The bike will come with roadworth and registration (WA).  Contact Ian on 0403 606 972 (Perth, WA)

EDITOR TERLICK SAYS: The motorcycle world was a very different place back in 1969. While amateur bike historians will tell you that the British motorcycle industry was on the verge of obliteration and that the bikes coming out of Japan were superior in every way, such words only come with the benefit of hindsight and, to be honest, a pinch or two of salt. At the time, the Triumph Bonneville was considered perhaps the greatest motorcycle that had ever been made. It was the poster bike on many a teenager’s bedroom wall. It was fast, it handled, and it was beautiful. And it was very, very cool. Triumph’s build quality issues were taken for granted in the late ‘60s— the bikes needed regular fettling, but that was just how it was. T120 Bonnies sold by the boatload in America in the 1960s (say thanks to Marlon Brando and ’The Wild One’ in 1953) with a peak of 28,000 sales in 1967 alone. This bike of Ian’s looks like an absolute beauty, with a good mix of originality, maintenance, and one or two sensible upgrades.