Main Motorcycle: 1969 Bonneville T120R
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Algonac, MI
Long distance trip on vintage Bonneville.
I am planning on doing a long distance trip out west on my 1969 T120R. The total miles I'm guessing will be around 4500. I live in Michigan and have done many trips up north and to the Upper Pennisula. None were as lengthy as this one I'm about to do. My bike has a 1971 motor in it with the following upgrades: Boyer ignition, podtronics regulator, new coils(installed in 2009) new plug wires, top end rebuilt with new valves, guides, and pistons(currently has 8000 miles on it), completely new hand made wiring harness, norton commando spin on oil filter system, 32mm mikuni carbs, new renold chain, and a new rear 46 tooth sprocket. My clutch seems to slip when revved in high 3rd and 4th gear. I am planning on rebuilding the clutch for sure this winter. I do have a Lucas alternator. I have never had any problems with it, but am wondering if I should upgrade while I'm in there to a Pazon or Sparx alternator setup.
I have never been in the bottom end, but it does appear, judging by the trace of Red sealant between the cases that someone has at one point. I was also curious what anybody would think would be the best sprocket set up for good cruising speeds. I never, ever take this bike over 55-60mph or above 4000rpm.
It has been a great bike to ride and have had zero major issues since all the work I've done to it. She's my daily rider and usually ride at least 100 miles a week during the season. I just want to make this bike completely prepared for long trips, like ones she may have taken when she was fresh off the showroom floor. I like to ride her as if modern bikes don't exist and this is all I have...which it is. Any information or experience, or warnings would be greatly appreciated! Thanks guys!