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Triumph T120R - with some useful modifications. SOLD (1973)
|*** Further reduced for Quick Sale ***|
Not only is this a seriously pretty looking Bonneville, but it also has some major ‘upgrades’, which make it an excellent bike for frequent use on today’s roads. In fact, it’s just passed its MOT with no advisories at all.
The bike is a T120R (export) model, made in 1973 and shipped directly to America. I don’t have any of the paperwork from the first half of its life, but I do have a small stack of paperwork from 1991, when it was re-imported back to the UK and given its UK registration number. It’s ‘M’ reg, on a black and silver number plate, which means … no road tax to pay, ever! According to the speedo, it's done 31.5k miles - sounds about right to me.
Somewhere during its first 18 years (in the USA), the original engine was swapped with an earlier, 1971, (649cc) unit – still the same spec as the one it left the factory with, so presumably there was a problem with the 1973 lump!? Anyway, that means that the bike doesn’t have matching numbers, so anyone wanting a collectors item should look elsewhere (and be prepared to possibly spend twice as much money). However, this is good news for anyone who wants a vintage Triumph that they can just get on, ride and enjoy owning as a hobby, because this bike is much cheaper than it would be if it had those all-important (to some) matching numbers. Read on …
Essentially, this bike has had a lot of work done on it in recent years (some by me, most by the previous owner) and the result is that it is solid, reliable (as a British bike built in the ‘70s can be) and not in need of restoration. Sure, little things go wrong from time to time and it needs to be serviced, maintained and run often in order to stay in good running order, but that’s not unique to this machine. At present, it starts first kick every single time that I ride it. I have done all of the tuning myself and am pretty happy with the way that it pulls, although if I’m honest, an expert could probably improve its running even further and unlock the last 10% of performance from the bike.
As far as which parts are original to the bike and which are not, I really couldn’t say with complete certainty. What I can say is that I know that following has been done, either by myself, or by the last owner:
• Cylinder head replaced, along with most top-end components.
• Brand new Amal carbs fitted.
• Pancake air filters fitted.
• Complete new stainless steel exhaust system fitted.
• Entire electrical system overhauled and modified (new alternator, modern regulator/rectifier fitted, new battery AGM battery, new Wassell electronic ignition system with modern 12v dual coil, wiring loom checked and much new wiring for accessories).
• Indicators and mirrors fitted (for added safety).
• Complete front brake overhaul and upgrade (brand new master cylinder, Venhill braided hoses throughout, new cast iron disc, new pads, new fluid, caliper inspected and working perfectly).
• Brand new saddle (by Wassell).
• Behind each (dummy) side panel is a case containing tools and spares (very useful indeed).
The last owner and I have spent a small fortune, so that you won’t have to.
In terms of cosmetic condition, I would describe it as ‘show worthy’, but not concourse by any means. As for mechanically, it starts and runs very reliably, but could benefit from a professional set-up (valve clearances, carb tuning etc.). On the road, it handles very well (I think - not having owned any other old Triumphs before). The brakes are certainly stronger than they were when it had the old (chrome-plated) front disc and spongy hoses on, although they still don’t compare to modern bikes. In short, it’s ready to be ridden and enjoyed, right now!
The less impressive areas of the bike would be; the wheel rims have lost their chrome plating in places and are prone to surface rust if not kept waxed or oiled. There is a scratch in the paint on the top of the fuel tank (about an inch long), which has been touched-in with a brush. The clocks look a bit odd, as the speedo is original, but the rev counter is brand new and so has a bright orange needle. Other than that, the rest of the bike all looks good for its age and everything works just as it should.
The bike comes with 12 months MOT (from July 7th 2017), lots of receipts/old MOT certificates, workshop manuals (both Haynes and Triumph’s) and a whole load of spare parts. It has just had an oil change and minor service.
I am very reluctant to part with this wonderful bike, which draws many admirers wherever it is parked, but I will be moving house soon and will only have space for one bike. That said, I’m not desperate to ‘give it away’ and so the price is pretty firm (although I may consider a very near offer for a quick sale).
Naturally, it will be ‘sold as seen’, as I am a private seller and cannot offer a warranty service.
Thanks for looking!
Priced to sell -strictly no offers!