The bike that started it all

The orig­i­nal 1959 Tri­umph T120 Bon­neville

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Features -

Wes­ley Hall, Na­tional Mo­tor­cy­cle Mu­seum restora­tion ex­pert:

“The Tri­umph Bon­neville is one of the most loved bikes of all time. And this 1959 model is the most col­lectable be­cause it was one of the first. It’s the ul­ti­mate col­lec­tor’s item. There was noth­ing else around at the time that could match it for speed, power and brak­ing. They boasted a claimed 115mph top speed, a tele­scopic fork, and nice lit­tle touches like a shift light in­te­grated into the speedo. They’re pretty fa­mous for the twin-carb cylin­der head too, as it was the first year they had been used on a pro­duc­tion Tri­umph, which in­creased ac­cel­er­a­tion. Be­ing a clas­sic fan, I still pre­fer the cur­rent T100 over the new Street Twin as it’s more true to the orig­i­nal.” Fancy win­ning this bike? Turn over to find out how...

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