1968 TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE T120

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  • YEAR : 1968
  • MILEAGE : 15117
  • EXTERIOR : Burgundy/Silver
  • ENGINE SIZE : 650

– Two owner motorcycle
– Believed to be 15,116 miles
– Original 2-cylinder 650 cc engine
– Starts easily
– Runs and shifts well
– New seat cover
– Original exhaust pipe has been re-chromed

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In 1968, the world went a little crazy. Students in Paris occupied the universities, Apollo 8 orbited the moon, the Tet Offensive was a reality check, and there was turmoil at home. Then again, Steve McQueen was photographed riding his new Triumph Bonneville on the hills of San Francisco with the lovely Jacqueline Bisset on pillion. He was in town filming “Bullitt,” which boosted the fortunes of the Ford Mustang, but motorcyclists noted his choice of two wheels—if the Bonneville was good enough for the King of Cool, it was good enough for us. And the Triumph Bonneville was his choice because it was the fastest, most fun, best-handling, and best-looking all-around motorcycle one could buy in 1968. Triumph had been continually developing its 650cc twins since the Thunderbird was introduced in 1950, and annual improvements from pre-unit to unit construction, and a better chassis meant by 1968 the Triumph twins had become real winners.

The 1968 Bonneville had better brakes than just about any other bike in the industry. It’s new twin-leading shoe design, with an 8-inch drum and sporty air scoop, worked amazingly well, and set the standard for braking well into the 1970s, as wooden first-generation disc brakes were simply not as good as a well set up drum brake. The ’68 Bonneville handled as well as any other bike in the industry, with a solid frame informed by years of off-road and production racing competition. The forks had just been upgraded to a proper double-damped design, and all trace of earlier handling issues on Triumphs were now gone. The ’68 Bonneville was as fast as any motorcycle in the industry with a 120 MPH top speed and better reliability from revised oiling and breathing systems. The valve gear had just been updated with sportier cam followers, bigger valves, surge-proof valve springs, and two Amal Concentric carbs, all of which combined to give an additional 5 HP to the ’68-70 machines. This 1968 Triumph T120 Bonneville is in gorgeous restored condition and represents the apex of 1960s Triumph design. It will make a new owner very happy with sparkling performance, great looks, and a fantastic sound when riding down the road.

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