Triumph has produced two limited edition, UK only, versions of its classically styled Bonneville T100 and T120 models.
Inspired by the 1959 Bonneville T120, the very first model to carry the iconic name, just 59 examples of each will be produced and sold through British dealers. Like its 1959 namesake, the 1200cc T120 carries a distinctive blue and orange livery, while the 900cc T100 uses white as its base, with detailing in blue and orange.
The new models are part of a wider campaign called ‘Spirit of ‘59’ which is designed to drive test rides of the company’s range of modern classics. The British manufacturer has been working with a contemporary artist by the name of D*Face to create three 1959 inspired show bikes, based on the modern day Thruxton R, Bobber Black and T120, one of which will be won by one lucky rider who test rides a Triumph modern classic this month. An additional prize draw will be held at the end of June, with another randomly chosen winner taking home an exclusive Spirit of ’59 ornamental fuel tank.
Paul Lilly, General Manager, Triumph Motorcycles UK and Ireland, explained the reasons behind the campaign, saying: “The Spirit of ’59 campaign is a great way to celebrate Triumph’s iconic heritage. Styled to conjure memories of the iconic ’59 Bonneville, the special edition motorcycles hark back to a defining era in our history. We can’t wait to see the positive reaction when they hit showrooms across the UK.”
The Spirit of ’59 models are not the first modern Triumphs to carry the orange and blue colours of the original 650cc Bonneville T120. A special edition ‘50th Anniversary’ model of the T100 was released in 2008 and has proved to be one of the most collectable of the modern day Bonnevilles.
The Spirit of ’59 limited editions carry a £300 premium over the standard models upon which they are based, priced at £9000 for the T100 and £10,600 for the higher specification T120.
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