1968 Triumph Bonneville 750cc Motorcycles for sale
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Category Classic Motorcycles
Engine 750 cc
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1968 Triumph Bonneville T120R, I am selling a 1968 Triumph T120, original 1970's chopper. It was originally a Triumph Bonneville 650cc, and has now been bored to 750cc. It is a short throw 750. I rebuilt the bike from the ground up, including a custom hand made leather saddle, new Mikuni carbs, new exhaust, rebuilt engine, and much more. Lots of spare parts included. Some small cosmetic blemishes, but a super cool bike. It gets lots of attention wherever it goes. Can arrange shipping in the continental U.S. $7,500.00
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We are thrilled to offer such a unique and rare piece of motorcycle history. If you’ve got a Triumph-sized hole in your collection and want something pretty wild and very cool, this might fit the bill. The Triumph Hurricane X75 was a bit of a mongrel from the word go. Originally a BSA design, with very sleepy, Triumph Bonneville-esque style, the honchos felt it was way too conservative for American tastes. Famous designer Craig Vetter was tasked with a stylistic redo, and the resulting bike was different, to say the least, with a very 60’s chopper style and a distinctive triple exhaust slung along the right side of the bike. When BSA went under, 1,200 engines were put aside and the bike was rebranded as a Triumph.Three cylinder motorcycles in general are pretty neat sounding machines. Not quite as brutal as a thumping twin or single, not as smooth or refined as a four [or six!], triples make a very raw, iron-fist-in-a-velvet-glove kind of roar. Vetter was commissioned by BSA's US distributor to customise the BSA Rocket 3 to appeal more to American tastes. When, in 1968, the new BSA Rocket 3/Triumph Trident triples were shown to the American BSA-Triumph management, they were underwhelmed. They knew Honda had an important bike (the CB750) coming along, and they felt the triple's price of $1800  was too high and that technical details (like vertically-split crankcases and pushrod ohv valve train) were far from "cutting edge". However, they acknowledged that the bike was fast, and a sales team led by BSA Vice-President Don Brown decided to launch the bike by using a Rocket-3 to set some records at Daytona, records which were broken in 1971 by the Kawasaki Z1. Brown felt that the BSA/Triumph triples needed a different look to succeed in the USA, and he engaged designer Craig Vetter to give the BSA A75 a customised face-lift, with a brief to make it "sleeker and more balanced". (Brown revealed the Vetter project to Peter Thornton, President of BSA/Triumph North America, but as Brown's initiative had not been authorised by BSA, Vetter had problems being paid, waiting two years for his fee). Vetter created the Triumph Hurricane in the summer of 1969, and in October 1969 he unveiled the prototype with "BSA" on the tank as the new ‘Rocket Three’. Thornton and the American officials were impressed, and Vetter's bike was then sent to the UK, but the bike arrived in England just as the BSA marque was about to be ended. At BSA-Triumph's design facility at Umberslade Hall, the design was seen as too "trendy" by chief designer Bert Hopwood; but after very positive public reaction to the design when it appeared on the front of US magazine Cycle World in October 1970, the UK managers changed their minds. They realised they had a large stock of obsolete BSA Rocket-3 parts that could now be turned into a premium-priced motorcycle. Engineer Steve Mettam was given the job of supervising production for the 1972/3 season; and the Vetter BSA Rocket3 became the Triumph X75 Hurricane. 1,183 engines were put aside for X75 production. However, BSA was facing bankruptcy and the design went into a limited production run of 1200 as the Triumph X-75 Hurricane in 1972. Production stopped in 1973 after the X-75 was unable to meet new American noise standards. Here are the specs: 1973 Triumph Hurricane X75Years produced: 1973 Number produced: 1,172Claimed power: 58hp @ 7,250rpmTop speed: 114mph (period test)Engine type: 741cc air-cooled, OHV inline tripleWeight (dry): 458lbMPG: 40-45Price then: $2,295 Thank you for looking, please feel free to ask any questions. If you would like any additional photos don't hesitate to ask. We look forward to placing this rare Hurricane X75 in your collection.
A Brand New 60's Triton. I started with a 1966 Norton Slimline Featherbed frame, stripped it, filled any discrepancy's with brass (nicks, extra holes, etc.,) then polished it, then media blasted, then powdercoated, THEN sanded and Buffed it ! (this attention to detail was carried through the complete build) The motor is a 1968 Bonneville T120R, which I totally stripped, and the Engine cases, Cylinder head and rocker boxes were shipped to Bikesalot in Oregon for Vapour cleaning. I added 750cc cylinders and pistons, so the complete Reciprocating assembly was shipped to Lindscog in Massachusetts for balancing, (which cost $360 including mallory). The motor was then built using all new bearings, seals, valves, springs etc., Front brake is a GT750 4 leading shoe unit, and the forks are Norton Short Roadholders with custom fork seal/gaiter holders that I machined to hold the oil seals in the legs, and also locate the fork gaiters with a tight fit so as not to have to use hose clips (a much tidier finish). I also included a pic of me "jeweling" the motor plates (just something I used to do on the Triton's and Tribsa's that I used to build in the 60's)Pretty much everything on the bike is brand new. It starts first kick, and is fun to ride. Bike is actually Titled as 1966 Triton and is free and clear. Call norm @ (573)445-8827 with any questions. Prefer bike to be collected from my shop (in Columbia MO, on Interstate 70, halfway between St Louis and Kansas City) or buyer arranges shipping.$500 deposit, (via PayPal) is required within 48 hours, and balance is required within 7 days.I have plenty of inside storage, so bike does not have to be collected straight away, but must be paid for within 7 days.