Memorable Motorcycles – 1960 Triumph Bonneville – One of the great, the very great, icons of motorcycling is the Triumph Bonneville. Check out the full story in Memorable Motorcycles: 1960 Triumph Bonneville.
- The Bonneville was named after the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, where Triumph and other motorcycle companies made attempts on the world motorcycle speed records.
- The Bonny could easily redline over the century mark straight out of the box.
- Mike Hailwood aboard the Triumph T120 Bonneville Thruxton Racer at Thruxton 500 mile.
- The idea to utilize the area on the top of the tank for storage space is nothing new as the Bonneville was noted for what Melling calls its 'bread slicer parcel rack.'
- Melling claims the 1960 Triumph Bonneville is 'as good as classic motorcycling gets.'
- Even though the bike is approaching 50-years-old, the coveted Bonneville will still cost you around $15,000 for an original bike.
- The vertical Twin, twin-carbureted 40 cubic-inch engine was a favorite among riders seeking to be king of the stop-light dragstrip.
- The '60s saw the likes of Steve McQueen (The Great Escape), Marlon Brando(The Wild One), Clint Eastwood, James Dean and Bob Dylan riding Triumphs, cementing the marques global cult status.
- At least 60% of all Triumph production during the '60s was exported, supporting Mellling's claim that U.S. sales were instrumental to the Bonneville's success.