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• No-nonsense, straightforward guide to buying a Bonnie
• Detailed, step-by-step guide showing points to look for
• Restore, or pay more to start with?
• Spares prices - Relative value when viewing each model
• Auction guide
• Useful contacts - clubs, parts suppliers, restorers
• Problems that arise with lack of use
• The reality of living with a Bonneville
• Invest pennies, save potentially thousands!
A practical, straightforward guide to buying a secondhand Triumph Bonneville, from the very first 1959 T120 pre-unit 650, to the very last T140 unit 750 machines built by L F Harris. What they're like to live with, spares availability and prices, plus point-by-point guide to buying a Bonnie. One hundred colour photos, useful appendices and expert advice mean this book could save you thousands.
There are lots of books about the Triumph Bonneville, about its history, performance, lineage and the minutiae of its specification, but none of them tell you what to look for when buying one secondhand. That's what this book is about – it aims at being a straightforward, practical guide to buying a used Bonnie. It won't list all the correct color combinations for each year, or analyse the bike's design philosophy, or consider its background as part of a troubled industry – there are excellent books listed at the end of this one which do all of that. But hopefully it will help you avoid buying a dud. Point by point, it takes the reader through everything that needs looking at when buying a Bonnie, plus spares prices, which is the best model to buy for your needs, a look at auctions, restorations and paperwork. Over 29 years in production, the Bonneville is for some the definitive postwar British vertical twin, perhaps even the definitive British bike of all time, with all its strengths, weaknesses and character. Although there might seem to be a wide range of models and special editions, all are based around the same 649cc or 747cc vertical twin. There were plenty of changes over the years, but none of them changed the basic format of this classic British bike. Aside from all the history, the Bonneville remains a tremendous classic to own, so long as you're prepared to look after it. The last Bonnies truly deserve the term ‘practical classic.' Whichever one you choose, it should be fast, agile and good looking, and on a twisty English B road, there's nothing like a Bonnie. One hundred colour photos, useful appendices and expert advice mean this book could save you thousands.
A great resource to have at your fingertips.
Even if you already own a Bonnie I reckon you could find it a worthwhile little book.
Mark Holman, Bike Rider
... tells you all you need to know about this legendary bike. It takes the reader through everything which needs looking at when buying a Bonnie, plus spares prices, which is the best model to buy for your needs, a look at auctions, restorations and paperwork ... this book could save you '1000s.
Scunthorpe and Grimsby Telegraph
... after reading 'The Essential Buyer's Guide' you should be able to spot a Bonnie from a T'Bird or an A7 from an RGS.
Classic Bike Guide
... supported by a wealth of little colour snapshots of every part of the bike, sometimes as many as five photos per page, quite small but perfectly sharp, giving me no problems in seeing what the author was alluding to in the text ... a very comprehensive and easy to read guide for anyone interested in purchasing a Bonnie.
Triumph Owners' Motor Cycle Club
With this little book you will know everything you need to look out for when you meet what may be your next vintage Bonneville, and insure you don't end up with your next vintage nightmare.
I have used a book from this series to look at MGBs and found it really handy and relevant. In fact, it could very easily save you a lot more than the cover price! Even if you already owned a Bonnie I reckon you could find it a worthwhile little book.
Bike Rider, New Zealand
Models covered in chronological order
1959-62 Pre-unit 650s - T120
1963-70 Unit 650s - T120
1971-74 Oil-in-frame 650s - T120, T120R, T120RV
1973-77 Early Meriden 750s - T140V
1978-1983 Late Meriden 750s - T140E, TSS, TSX
1986-88 Harris 750s'
Exclusions from coverage (e.g. by model, make, capacity, dates, etc)
2001 on ï¿½Newï¿½ Triumph Bonneville-
Dates for each model covered -
1959-62 Pre-unit 650s - T120
1963-71 Unit 650s - T120
1971-75 Oil-in-frame 650s - T120, T120R, T120RV
1973-78 Early Meriden 750s - T140V
1978-1983.2 Late Meriden 750s - T140E, TSS, TSX
1986-88 Harris 750s