To many enthusiasts of the Triumph mark, the Bonneville is the model that stands out from all the others. It was produced in its original guise in one form or another from 1958 to 1988. These models included the pre-unit 650cc, the unit 650cc, the oil-in-frame 650cc, the T140 750cc, the electric start models, and finally the Harris Bonneville.
Fans of the Bonneville will debate which of these is their favourite, but there is no doubt which was the last of the era and that was the Harris. Les Harris, a Devon based business man acquired a five year licence at the end of 1983 from Triumph to manufacture bikes, and from the launch in 1985 to 1988 his Bonnevilles were available on the market.
We have acquired our Harris Bonneville from a local enthusiast who has spent the last couple of years improving the bike. It is frame number 000993, the number reflecting the small number of bikes that Harris produced. The total sold is estimated at around 1200.
The previous owner has been right through the bike overhauling and approving it. He has fitted a seven plate clutch, overhauled the gearbox, improved the suspension, overhauled the brakes and generally improved the cosmetics. An additional Triumph seat with a slightly less accentuated king and queen feature also comes with the bike.
This rare version of the Bonneville in excellent condition is MOTed and ready to ride away.