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Above is a modern-day Triumph Bonneville motorcycle. Technologically, it owes little to the original 650cc T120 model, first produced in 1959. The 1969 Bonneville is regarded as the classic model and whilst the engineering has moved on, much of the 60's styling has been carefully preserved in the modern machine. The Bonneville is still manufactured by Triumph Motorcycles Ltd, a privately-owned British company.The "Bonnie's" formula for success was its spartan simplicity and outstanding performance, and of course the evocative Bonneville name itself, in honour of the Texan racer Johnny Allen's high-speed runs in the "Texas Cigar" streamliner at the Bonneville Salt Flats in the mid-1950s. The Texas Cigar was a methanol-fuelled motorcycle with a streamlined body shell and a 650cc twin-cylinder Triumph engine. It achieved over 214 mph in timed runs, though the FIM – the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme – didn't ratify Allen's speed as a world record because there were no approved observers present. The production Bonneville T120 didn't quite manage the 120 mph top speed its name suggested, but it could reach more than 110 mph.