1969 Triumph Bonneville by blinkings ()
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Arguably one of the prettiest variants of the Bonneville model, the 1969 season machines were marked by only detail changes. New tank badges, rear shock absorbers with exposed springs and a revised exhaust system featuring a balance pipe adjacent to the cylinder were the most obvious changes. However, perhaps the most significant, at least in terms of engine life were the replacement of the oil pressure indictor "button" with a warning light that also served as an ignition light and the introduction of air filters, a first for the model. This bike is the same age as me!
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Now...I have ridden one of these!!!!!!!! YEAH! These ROCK!!!!!!! During my erm...rowdy biker days, we sometimes rode each others bikes...just because! I had the pleasure of riding one of these a couple of times.. The guy who owned it, his name was 'Angel'.. The clue is in the name..... Yep, rowdy days.. A stunning bike.. WANT! Rob
I have owned and been riding a Bonneville for over 13 years. It was the seventies' 750cc version though, with the awfully bad disk brake, but it looked and ran like this beauty in your picture. It had been my daily ride for several years during the early eighties and yes, it WAS reliable if properly cared for - what I did... :0) Still regret selling it in '95, but my present machine ( '67 BSA B40 ) is a nice little thumper too, so I cannot complain too much. An earlier ( fifties or sixties ) Triumph is still on my whishlist though... Peter
Nice photo! I note the pan below to catch the oil drips and I recall how they always put a piece of cardboard under the Triumphs and BSAs, even new in the showroom. Later it was said that the reason the British could not build computers was that they could not figure out how to make them leak oil, LOL!
I Used to ride one of these in the dim and distant past, it used to start only if you were really lucky and would just about vibrate your teeth out once you got it over 80 and if I remember rightly it would take you 3 days to stop but it sounded great :)