November 3, 2019

Cycle World's review of the West Coast 1965 TR6SC - a Johnson Motors only factory desert sled. This was how my bike, currently being restored by Terry Macdonald to East Coast 1966 spec, started life. They're great looking bikes - but not a lot of use unless you live in...

November 3, 2019

Eddie Mulder TT racing in 1966 (photo Dan Mahoney)

5 time AMA Grand National Champion, desert racer and TT steeplechase legend, Hollywood stuntman - Eddie Mulder!

Eddie recently acquired the very original 1966 TT below (bought from a US auction, it's better than anything...

October 25, 2019

1966 East Coast Triumph TR6SC - restored by Terry Macdonald

UPDATE 2ND NOVEMBER 2019

Dry build work has progressed rapidly at Terry Macdonald's workshop, myriad parts have been ordered (and none returned as yet for being defective, which makes a change!) and the basic bi...

October 8, 2019

1967 Triumph T120TT for sale - first glance, looks nice (don't they all!) BUT....

Well, I've been keeping an eye out for a suitable Aubergine/Gold first batch 1967 T120TT TT Special for restoration for a while now. As in my blog post on buying a TT Special, I really don...

December 4, 2017

So you've read all about them and decided you fancy a TT Bonneville! Here is some information you might find helpful before spending a hefty sum on the bike of your dreams (only to find you've bought a dog!) While this is oriented towards the purchase of the higher val...

November 28, 2017

Stunning photos sent to me by Charlie, the latest (fourth) owner of my lovely old - and very rare - 1965 Bonneville Scrambler! Charlie is delighted with the bike and enjoys taking her out for countryside jaunts on sunny days. I'm really pleased the bike's gone to a goo...

November 16, 2017

Just been alerted to an advert for a "1964 TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE T120 WESTCOAST" for sale from a outfit in Merseyside, for a cool £20k (on eBay as well as their own site). Allegedly from the "Zimmerman Brothers collection" (something to do with Bob Dylan, perhaps? Or mayb...

August 10, 2017

The June 2017 issue featured my two professionally rebuilt 1965 T120Cs in the showroom at The Bike Specialists in Sheffield. The Competition Sports scrambler has now gone to a good home, while the lovely TT Special is generating much interest but currently still up for...

August 29, 2016

McQueen's T120C 650 desert sled, featured in "Cycle World", June 1964

McQueen's T120C 650 desert sled, featured in "Cycle World", June 1964, timing side

In the late '50s and early '60s, actor Steve McQueen commissioned several desert sleds to be built for him at his frie...

August 21, 2016

Joshua Trees, Mojave Desert, California [Photo: Charles Rising] 

The Mojave Desert stretches predominantly across southeastern  California and parts of Nevada, Arizona and Utah, encompassing approximately 25,000 miles of arid, often spectacular landscape, peppered...

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