The Triumph Bonneville is a classic British standard named after the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, known for being the location where many riders try to set speed records. Triumph was fairly successful racing this bike, including wins at the Isle of Man TT Product class in ’67 and ’69.
The Bonneville was produced in its original run (the T120) for 16 years, with a 650cc engine that made 46 horsepower. The parallel twin was based on the Tiger 110, but with upgraded Amal carbs that helped the bike attain 115 miles per hour stock. Though Johnny Allen set a record in 1956 with a heavily modified Triumph, hitting 214.17 mph over a standing mile. Triumph bikes kept setting new speed records through the 60s, and the company celebrated by putting stickers on Bonneville roadsters that said “World’s Fastest Motorcycle”.
This specific Triumph Bonneville was restored in 2011 by Baxter Cycle, and then further taken care of by Don Hutchinson in 2012. Hutchinson was able to determine that when this bike rolled off the production line, it came with a “Olympic Flame” base coat with a “Single Sheen” accent. This bike was beautifully restored, and it looks to be in great shape. Want to learn more? Don Hutchinson featured this bike on his website here.
Find this Triumph Bonneville for sale here on eBay with an opening bid of $10,000 and a Buy-It-Now price of $18,500 in Clarkston, Michigan.