1970 Steve McQueen – Bud Ekins -Triumph Bonneville Motorcycle

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1970 Triumph Bonneville T 120 RHD

Steve McQueen and Bud Ekins Owned!

This iconic Triumph 650 Bonneville motorcycle has just undergone a full restoration. This low mileage, matching number motorcycle now has barely 100 miles on a perfect, professional restoration. The new owner completed a record search on these correct and matching numbers and found a Dealers Report of Sale issued to the state of California when new. This bike was sold by a SoCal dealer by the name of “James Sherwin Eikens” to Solar Productions.



In 1971, Solar Productions funded the classic motorcycle documentary On Any Sunday, in which McQueen is featured, along with racing legends Mert Lawwill and Malcolm Smith. It appears that this motorcycle was sold by Ekins to his friend Steve McQueen as his about town rider during which time he was filming On Any Sunday!

This is truly a great find of a historic motorcycle! Unquestioningly the real deal, a real Ekins/McQueen motorcycle. 

The 1970 Triumph Bonneville T120 650 probably really is the best one ever built, it’s certainly one of the prettiest. They run great, they’re fast, they handle fantastic and stop well.

The 1970 Triumph Bonneville T120 was not only the high water mark in Triumph 650 development, and the year that most people favor as ‘the best Triumph Bonneville ever built’, it was also the last year before the dreaded Oil-in-Frame bikes arrived, and all the problems with cash-strapped owner BSA began to surface.


This was a low mileage motorcycle prior to the restoration. It now shows less than 100 miles on the speedometer


Excellent, show quality paint. Sheet metal is Astral Red with white/cream accents. Frame is painted black.

Sheet Metal

Original and correct sheet metal. It is well fitted and without nicks or dings.


All chrome is freshly plated using a high quality process.


The motorcycle is mechanically fresh and perfectly set up. With New battery and wiring, it is charged to go. The dual carbs are ready to produce the famous power available from this iconic motorcycle.

Wheels & Tires

Tires are brand new Dunlop 400 X S18 on the rear and 3.25-19 on the front. They are mounted on chrome rims with polished stainless spokes.


Clean, and clear,
Engine # HD57296 T120R
Frame # HD57296 T120R

Valuation Resource Guide

This motorcycle would rate as a 1 plus in the NADA system.


This motorcycle comes with the original Dealers Report of Sale that matches the numbers on this motorcycle. Signed by Ekens and titled to McQueen.

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