Real Life Wrenching: Triumph Bonneville Restoration Update

Reader Contribution by Jennifer Lankford
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Editor’s note: This blog was originally posted in October 2010 in the Real Life Wrenching blog at

Me and my 1972 Triumph Bonneville.

In 2010, my father, an avid Triumph enthusiast, finally gave me one of his prized motorcycles. However, he wasn’t about to let me ride off on a running, restored vintage Triumph. If I was going to have one of his bikes, by God, I was going to learn something and build it myself (such a Dad move!). So I packed the entire bike, a 1972 Triumph T120 basket case, into my compact car and drove it home in boxes. 

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