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Old 12-10-2011, 05:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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BritishMotorcycleGear.com Winning Bike of the Year - 2011

Kev_England's - 1968 Bonneville T120




First, I want to thank everyone that helped me rebuild this bike. It’s been a dream of mine to have a vintage Bonneville—ever since I was a kid in England. And, funny enough, I wind up buying one after moving here to America! There is NO WAY I could have done this without all of your help. To name a few that I can recall right now: Webby, GrandPaulZ, Plewsy (including his now legendary videos), GAMBA, RetroRod, Caulky, Snakeoil, HenryAnthony, Jimmy Bush, and Tip Rat. There were dozens of others and I’m sorry I can’t name you all.

It’s taken over 2 years and over 700 posts on this forum to complete. In fact, I even had the help of this forum to select the bike model before I even bought it! This it is truly a TriumphRat.Net bike -- this success belongs to this great forum and I want to thank you all.
Here are the highlights:

• 1968 Triumph Bonneville T120 650cc
• Purchased by me in April 2009 as a non-running, partial basket case, with matching engine/frame numbers
• Complete strip-down to the crank and rebuilt with 98% English parts
• Frame and all black parts powder coated.
• About 95% of fasteners have been replaced with stainless steel versions
• Wheels re-chromed and new stainless spokes fitted
• Headlight and tank badges re-chromed
• Tins repainted
• Complete new rewire job including single point grounding employed
• Complete engine rebuild down to the crank (new bearings, crank/rods re-worked, new sludge trap, re-bore and new pistons etc.)
• New production AMAL Carbs
• Sparx electronic ignition and alternator

It still needs a little work in areas, but nothing urgent. It's a first kick starter and sounds great.
Thank you once again guys, it’s been a pleasure working with all of you and I'll still be around to help others and also ask inevitable further questions!

Cheers, Kevin.

P.S. These pictures were taken at a local lake here in North Carolina (Jordan Lake).






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Old 12-11-2011, 11:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 12-12-2011, 12:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Congratulations Kev. Well deserved award for a beautiful bike. Ride it with pride.
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Old 12-12-2011, 12:28 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Congratulations Kev. Well deserved award for a beautiful bike. Ride it with pride.
Thanks Jimmy. Couldnt have done it without everyone's help.
Cheers.
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Old 12-12-2011, 01:43 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Pure bike porn

She's one beautifull lady. I love that shade of red.

Nice rebuild.

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Old 12-12-2011, 08:27 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Hi Kev,

I am restoring the same year and model. Do you know what the stock width on the handlebars are? I see them from 28 " to 33".
Beautiful job on the 68. A work of art.
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Old 12-13-2011, 01:55 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Dude, you are sooooooooooooooooooooooo lucky
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Old 12-14-2011, 11:03 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Absolute peach of a bike, Enjoy it.
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Old 12-14-2011, 05:00 PM   #9 (permalink)
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That is a THING of Beauty.Your persistence and vision are realized in this outstandingly cool bike.The project was well worth it.
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Old 12-15-2011, 04:59 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Well done, Kev. We're proud of you.

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