View Full Version : 1959 Bonneville find

10-05-2010, 1:19 AM
Sometimes you just get lucky. I was looking through the Milwaukee CL the other day and I saw a posting for a 1960 Triumph T120 for a very good price. The bike was basically all there but wasn't running. So I called the guy up and bought it sight unseen. Got it home and ran the numbers and it turns out itís not a í60, itís a 1959. The motor is all there and the matching number frame, except for a few holes, is perfect. This thing even came with a Lucas Competition mag. If that wasnít cool enough, my buddy asked the seller (very nice guy) if he could throw in a seat. The guy comes down with an original Bates seat. I really wasnít looking for a project right now, but how do you pass that up.





10-05-2010, 6:46 AM
right on bro ! got a lot of potential . are you going to give it any rake ?

10-05-2010, 7:53 AM
Helluva score. Congrats!

10-05-2010, 8:06 AM
Post some pictures up for us to drool over!!!

10-05-2010, 8:33 AM
pictures aren't showing up!!!!

i've gotta see this man, come on!

10-05-2010, 9:21 AM
what a great find, I hope you research and plan out what you want as a finished bike. except for the front end and the carbs all the parts you have there are expensive and worth saving.
be different and roll with the swingarm.

10-06-2010, 9:53 PM
pics finally came thru for me, that thing is great man.

10-07-2010, 11:27 AM
You lucky fucky ducky

11-04-2010, 12:39 AM
@ LiPcHiTs65: No rake. That's an unmolested '59 numbers matching frame. I not gonna as so much as cut a tab off the thing.

I was going to run a No School peanut wassell (the tank looks good on there), but I ran across this beauty on ebay for a song ($60). Couldn't pass it up.


My buddy's nephew had a 2 under girder sitting in his garage that I'm going to be trading straight up for the springer that's on there now. I'm picking it up Sunday. Slowly but surely.


11-04-2010, 8:53 AM
nice tank! i wounder what it is going to look like with the different springer.
and there is nothing wrong with molesting, as long as you are knocking the webs off that shit
and make her look proper

11-05-2010, 7:57 PM
There was less then 1000 of those produced . If I was you I would stick it on ebay with as much of the OG parts you can If it has the true 59 stamps it is worth a small fortune if restored . If you don't want to restore it Sell what you have ! And buy a few Triumphs . I sold a set of cases and a frame for a 59 T120 with the cams for $3000.00 in a matter of hours of listing it for sale . that was in March of this year

11-06-2010, 10:41 AM
I know this is kind of a once in a lifetime find. I am going to put some of my parts on it and get it on the road. In the meantime, I am going to looking for as many 59 parts as I can get without breaking the bank. Everything I am going to do will be easily undone. No cutting, drilling or raking of the frame.

11-06-2010, 10:50 AM
Very cool Dan!

11-07-2010, 3:41 PM
Well you will find it hard to find the 59 t120 parts since they just made up that model by putting speed kits on Tr6 on the west coast on T110 on the east cost . The hardest thing to find are the floatless mono blocks and remote float bowl .

I to would just make a rider out of what ever I had to with out mods to the og parts .

Great find !!

11-07-2010, 4:15 PM
Not to Hi-Jack this thread but last night my pops gave me a bill of sale that he had found from where he had bought a 59 Bonnie back in 64. He paid 500 bucks for it and 15 bucks for tax. I asked him what happened to it and he said he junked it. :(

11-10-2010, 1:27 AM
Girder front end, headlight housing, and a narrowed no school peanut wassell. Hardtail is next.




10-02-2012, 12:59 AM
2 yrs later and I'm going the restoration route. Wish I had more time to work on her. Disassembled everything, stripped the paint, filled holes, knocked out dents ect... Hope to have everything at least mocked up by spring.



10-02-2012, 8:00 AM
is that my forks, Dan ?... it looks fucking great lowered with a Nacell...
I want 'em back...

10-02-2012, 9:14 AM
Yeah those are the forks. I'm still waiting on the fork tubes but I wanted to mock the front end with the nacelle. It wasn't my intent but I thought the same thing, this thing would look awesome with a lowered front end.

10-02-2012, 9:44 AM
oh shit !!!.

am I supposed to be sending you some more parts ?....you better send Amanda an email so we can get those ordered for you.
The problem is I get slammed doing shit around the shop and drop the ball on the parts requests from people, the best way to get the stuff you want is to make sure you talk to Amanda.

Sorry Dan....next year I swear, I'm gonna get my shit together..

10-25-2012, 6:00 PM
That's so bitchin

b.t.w. just got the fender we ordered from you guys & it looks great!

10-25-2012, 7:20 PM
Awesome looking

10-26-2012, 4:50 PM
Thanks guys. Just picked up a NOS, never run Smiths Chronometric Speedo/Tach. She's coming together bit by expensive bit.


Glad you liked the fender Devil. I just finished working with my sanding guy to come up with a new process. The parts come out with a nicer finish and no extra cost.