● Runs, rides and stops nicely
● Matching engine and frame numbers (TR6C DU69577)
● 2 previous owners
● Low mileage (believed to be 8586 miles)
● Almost everything original or genuine Triumph replacement parts
● Boyer-Bransden ignition but original points and cam etc. are included
● Very recent MOT
● Manuals, provenance, some service history and receipts
● Some spares and special tools
● Inspection welcomed
My son, who worked for Redline Motorcycles in Santa Barbara, California, bought the bike, on my behalf, in 1988 from its second owner and shipped it to me. I was particularly pleased that he got the 1968 model as it has the 2 leading shoe front brake (which earlier models didn't have) and doesn't have the hideous chip-basket/rat-trap exhaust protector which they introduced in 1969.
In case you aren't familiar with this model, it's a minor variant of the T120 Bonneville only sold - I think - in the USA. The main differences are that it has a high level exhaust, a single carburettor, a smaller petrol tank, a smaller headlight, stainless mudguards and no tacho. They were made to West Coast and East Coast specifications but I don't know the difference - this one is West Coast.
I used it for a little while before deciding to fit new steering head bearings. Having stripped the front end down I decided to have any front end components (and a few other bits) repainted by a local spray shop - I took the parts to them in about December and eventually got them back the following June, by which time I had got involved in other things and never got around to reassembling it, until very recently.
As I am a bit long in the tooth for biking and have got lots of other things to do I reluctantly decided to sell it.
I've now installed the new head bearings, a new Yuasa battery, a new front tyre and attended to a few other things. Despite having sat in the garage for about 18 years there were no mechanical problems - brakes and clutch worked normally and it started on the second or third kick. It's got plenty of compression and runs, rides and stops nicely.
Cosmetically it has deteriorated quite bit whilst in storage - I'd say that the pics make it look better than in real life. The rims have started rust spotting and the chrome on the silencers is appalling (I attacked them with a wire brush in an electric drill!). There are quite a few blemishes in the paintwork and some animal has gnawed small holes in the seat covering. Despite that, it is a perfectly respectable bike for normal use.
There are more pics including high res versions of those in this ad and a lot more information about the bike on my website - just click on the link below:
You are welcome to email or phone me (01747 870318) with any questions but please note (1) there is no buy-it-now price and (2) it will only be sold by allowing the auction to run for its full duration.
You are also encouraged to view the bike, or have it inspected, before bidding. That can be done at almost any time but please give me a call beforehand.
I have a friend from whom I can borrow a bike trailer so it might be possible to deliver it - but only after I've got your dosh!
If you want to have it collected for delivery in the
UK or overseas I would prefer that you make the arrangements. There are a number
of firms who will do that listed at:
http://www.motorcycle.co.uk/Shipping.aspx (I have no knowledge of or connection with them)
I would be available to assist with loading and could drain fuel and oil tanks if required.
According to the workshop manual:
Overall length 2.14m
Overall width 700mm
Overall height 970mm
Dry weight 166kg
There will also be a box containing paperwork, spares and tools weighing about 10kg