1959 Triumph Bonneville
plus P&P. UK £4.30. EU £6.50. World £11.10
Instructions for use:
1. Remove carefully from the packaging.
2. Inspect the sign and feel pleased that you bought it.
3. Find a suitable spot on a suitable wall or door.
4. Position the sign thoughtfully using strips of masking tape if necessary.
5. Carefully mount the sign with nails or screws taking utmost care not to damage any part of the design (Tip: Use fibre washers both in front and behind the sign if you're the particular type or have an obsessive-compulsive tendency).
6. Open a beer, light a fag, hug your partner or favourite pet.
7. Stand back and enjoy the sign and do this as often as time and convenience allows.
8. Drop us an email to let us know how satisfied you are.
9. Wipe the sign occasionally with a soft cloth (and wax it if you're the particular type or have an obsessive-compulsive tendency).
10. Tell your friends.
That's all that's required. The sign should still be fit for purpose long after you're gone, and we hope that's a long time into the future.
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IT'S GOTTA BE RIGHT
We only sell signs that we
hang on our own walls. If you have a problem with anything you buy from Sump, tell us and we'll sort it out. Pronto.
No fuss. No arguments.
The Americans were largely the impetus for the 650cc T120 Meriden Triumphs. Edward Turner, designer of the 1938 5T Speed Twin felt that his 500cc OHV vertical twin should never be enlarged beyond half a litre. At least, 500cc was, he felt, the optimum size.
But the Yanks saw it differently. In America, big is usually best, and bigger is invariably better, and the Americans were happy to machine their own larger capacity barrels in order to get more "cubes" from the 500cc Limey twins to which they'd become enamoured—and that led more or less directly to Triumph introducing the 650cc 6T Thunderbird to cater for this discerning market. And the 1949 single-carbed 6T Thunderbird would lead to the 1959 Bonnie.
The '59 was introduced as a tourer, not a sports bike, and not everyone was exactly blown away by the '59 T120 Bonneville. The more pedestrian valanced mudguards/fenders. The saddle. The general look of the bike. The colours. And the handling; never as solidly planted (or as ponderous if you prefer) as a BSA A10, and never as sharp as an equivalent Norton Dominator.
Nevertheless, Triumph stood by its product. And eventually a lot of folk readjusted their viewpoints and also stood by it.
No one, however, doubted the power and the straight line performance of this twin-carbed Thunderbird. And the bike wasn't exactly bad on the bends either. It just wasn't quite as certain as some other motorcycles.
But it had the right overall feel and the right overall price, and it was a simple machine to maintain and upgrade. Since then it's become one of the most desirable bikes ever to leave the Meriden factory and currently fetches bigger money.
Consequently, it was natural for us to want to produce this 1959 T120 Bonnie metal wall sign because it's the nearest we're likely to get to the real McCoy, and we've got one of these signs on the Sump office wall right now as we pen these lines. If you want of your own, we reckon we can find one around here somewhere.
The size is a generous 300mm x 400mm, which is roughly the size of two A4 sheets of paper.
These Triumph 1959 650cc T120 Bonneville metal signs are printed direct to metal in the traditional way.
Will you like it when you see it? We think so. If we didn't, we wouldn't be flogging 'em.
We package these signs as well as we reasonably can, and we despatch as soon as possible (usually within 24 hours of ordering, and very rarely longer than 2-3 days if stock has run out and needs to be re-supplied).
Either way, we'll keep you posted. And if for any reason we can't supply your sign, we'll tell you without unnecessary delay and will refund your money in full.
And remember this if you will:
We don't sell anything that we don't hang in our own garages.
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