1967 Triumph T120 Bonneville

America's Brit Bike

| March/April 2011

1967 Triumph T120 Bonneville
Claimed power:
52hp @ 6,500rpm
Top speed: 110mph (period test)
Engine: 649cc air-cooled OHV parallel twin
Weight (wet): 390lb
Price then / now: $1,309 / $4,000 - $12,000
MPG: 35-45mpg 

1967 was Triumph’s best year ever in the U.S., with an estimated 28,000 bikes sold here. Whatever the number, Tom Blocker’s glad he finally got his 1967 Triumph T120 Bonneville.

Tom's passion for motorcycles

“Shouldn’t you be wearing polyester, playing shuffleboard and heading off to Mrs. Appleton’s buffet?” I enquired of the 63-year-old grandfather of three as we stood peeling our sweaty helmets and leathers off in the pit garage.

I’d just worked my tail off at some outrageous speeds staying with Tom Blocker on his Ducati 1098 while riding my Kawasaki 600cc track bike, and as I was soon to discover, his passion for motorcycles extends far beyond going extremely fast on my local race track.

A confirmed dirt bike guy, Tom started riding on a Honda CB160 with high pipes and offroad tires. In fact, most of Tom’s early years were spent on two wheels.

A stint as a service manager at a Honda/Triumph dealer as a young man started his love affair with the brand, but not by choice. It seems no one in the shop wanted to work on the unreliable British twins that were constantly in for repair, as all of Tom’s work mates preferred the more reliable and cleaner Hondas. Tom somehow got the job of tending to the old British bikes, and subsequently became quite intimate with the mechanical workings of the breed. And even though he never owned one, it left him with a desire to have one in the garage for the occasional Sunday ride.

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