2018 T120 Spirit of ’59 Lim­ited Edi­tion

Owner: Mick Palmer

Classic Bike (UK) - - BONNIE BASH -

MICK’S BIKE brings the Bon­neville story bang up to date. With the UK get­ting just 59 of these lim­ited edi­tion mod­els, Mick has got his hands on a fu­ture clas­sic. His or­ange and pearl grey ma­chine is the full-fat 1200cc ver­sion of Hinck­ley’s Bon­neville and was a 65th birth­day present to him­self ear­lier this year. “I started on a Tri­umph and I’ll end on a Tri­umph,” says the Sur­rey TOMCC mem­ber, who rode the 171 miles to Ut­tox­eter from his home in Tad­worth on Fri­day. Mick bought his first bike, a Tri­umph TR25W, in 1970 and he has owned nine Tri­umphs – out of a to­tal of 49 ma­chines – since then. “When the Spirit of ’59 edi­tion came out, I just had to have one. I was a mem­ber of the 59 Club back in 1970 and just about caught the end of the rocker thing.”

Mick’s bike is im­mac­u­late. “I spent four hours clean­ing this be­fore com­ing here,” he ad­mits.

The Bon­neville has now come full cir­cle

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