1972 Triumph T120R
Years ago, there were no Japanese "crotch rockets" or Superbikes. There were Italian exotics, such as Ducatis, but for the average Joe they were far out of reach, and no matter who you were sometimes they were just far to exotic to keep running or repair! Without question, "the" sporting bikes of choice for years were the classic British makes. BSA, Triumph, Norton were the biggies. The most well known of these has to be the Triumph Bonneville. The list of notable owners just from the Rock and Roll world alone is legendary...Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, and the list goes on.
The Bonnie pictured here has been a prized posession of mine for many years. While I was out for a ride on my BSA Lightning (another story in itself!) about 10 years ago, I rode past a small estate sale and happened to notice a little flash of chrome in the back of the garage. Turns out it was this bike, and the original owner had recently passed away. The bike wasn't for sale, but after pleading my case the original owner's brother sold it to me. It had roughly 2700 original miles on it, and was even wearing its original tires. The original factory applied Tiger Gold and Ivory paint looked like new, the owners manual and tools were under the seat wrapped in plastic, and even the original "break-in" sticker was still on the speedometer. I was hooked. I rode my BSA home, hitched a ride back to the yard sale, got the Bonnie running and rode it home! A good servicing and some new tires put it back on the road, where it remains today when time and weather permit!
Private Collection - Not For Sale