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This is a meticulously detailed history of the Triumph Bonneville: its antecedents, how it came about, and year-by-year production changes, with detailed technical specifications and contemporary road test reports showing how the Bonneville compared with its rivals. However, the history of the bike cannot be separated from the turbulent story of the company that built it. Triumph went from huge successes in the 1960s, when the Bonneville conquered North America, to troubled times in the early 1970s, leading to the formation of the workers co-operative that heroically kept the Bonneville alive for a further nine years. All this is covered here, plus details on how Triumph spares producer Les Harris took over production into the late '80s. Unlike other Bonneville books, this one also tells you how to buy one of these iconic bikes secondhand - all the pitfalls, what to look for, and what they are really like to live with. Whichever one you choose, it should be fast, agile and good looking ...on a twisty country road, there's nothing like a Bonnie, and with information on clubs, websites, spares, and the latest modifications and upgrades, this book will help you get the one you deserve.
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Table of Contents

1 - Origins - the pre-Bonneville Triumphs 2 - Year by year:1959-62 Pre-unit 650s - T120 3 - Year by year: 1963-70 Unit 650s - T120 4 - Year by year: 1971-74 Oil-in-frame 650s - T120, T120R, T120RV 5 - Year by year:1973-77 Early Meriden 750s - T140V 6 - Year by year: 1978-83 Late Meriden 750s - T140E, TSS, TSX 7 - Year by year 1984-88 Harris 750s 8 - Buying a Bonneville 9 - Postcript: the Hinckley Bonneville

About the Author

Peter Henshaw has had an enthusiasm for anything with wheels from an early age - from bicycles to 500hp tractors. He was the editor of Motorcycle Sport & Leisure for five years before going freelance, and now contributes to a whole range of transport magazines including Motorcycle News, Twist and Go, A to B, and Tractor, as well as The Telegraph. He's also written over 40 books, including 10 about bikes, and is an all-year-round motorcyclist who does not own a car.

Reviews

It is packed with all sorts of details, including annual prices ... For the real enthusiast, there are even tips on buying secondhand Bonnevilles. Daily Express/Sunday Express With over 40 books to his credit Henshaw has perfected his writing style so the information comes across in an easy style that makes the book a generally good read as well as being a very useful reference book for existing as well as potential owners alike ... So, no matter what category you fall into, owner, potential owner, or just somebody interested in well-researched motorcycle history written without bias, then this a book well worth having on the bookshelf and easily well worth the GBP35.00 cover price. Inter-bike.co.uk With meticulous detail and many beautifully produced photos and period adverts, the author has created an intimate account of the development, the idiosyncracies and the ups and downs of life with a pre-Hinckley Bonnnie. If you love your Bonnie, you'll love this book. Triumph Times

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