Tony West Photography

59 triumph bonneville
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National Motorcycle Museum

Published: 11 Dec 2014

Can I have this one please?

This is the original 'Tangerine Dream', a 1959 Triumph Bonneville that launched the marque that is still with us over 50 years later. It was hugely influenced by car design from the USA and it's said the mouth organ tank badge was lifted from the grille of a Buick of that time. What strikes me most is the incredible colour combination that flew in the face of motorcycle convention. It was Triumph's most successfull enterprise of all time and was pure joy to photograph.