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Triumph x Gibson unveil stunning one-off editions of 1959 Bonneville T120 and Les Paul Standard

Triumph Bonneville T-120 Gibson custom edition parked in the Gibson showroom

British motorcycle brand Triumph and the guitar experts at Gibson have partnered to produce one off editions of their most iconic models, in support of the global motorcycle charity The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride.

Inspired by their shared 1959 history, and the enduring connection between music and motorcycle culture, Triumph has created a one-of-a-kind custom edition of its 1959 Bonneville T120, sporting a number of unique features, while Gibson has produced a one-off replica of its iconic Gibson 1959 Les Paul Standard. Both will be offered together as the highest fundraiser reward for the charity’s 2022 ride.

The custom Bonneville T120 was unveiled by Sam Heughan, star of TV’s Outlander, and motorcycle enthusiast, before an invited audience at Gibson’s London showroom.

The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride charity addresses issues surrounding men’s mental health and promotes prostate cancer awareness.

The custom Bonneville T120 was unveiled by Sam Heughan, star of TV’s Outlander, and motorcycle enthusiast…

Sam Heughan is a motorcycle enthusiast

The special edition Triumph Bonneville T-120 features a custom paint scheme to match the finish of the guitar, and features a Jet Black painted guitar neck and headstock design on the top of the tank, edged with hand-painted coach lining.

Low-profile electroformed metallic gold Triumph Gibson 1959 Legends badges are applied to the tank, side panels and front mudguard, while the laser etched fuel filler cap features the Gibson logo.

The motorcycle has a custom brown real leather seat, designed to match the Les Paul’s leather guitar case, with additional detailing including diamond stitching, embroidered Triumph logo and custom pick holders.

The Gibson Les Paul Standard Reissue is a painstaking clone of the original, complete with sunburst finish, Jet Black painted guitar neck and headstock shape.

Iconic Gibson 1959 Les Paul Standard reissue gets a workout

This year’s Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride takes place on Sunday May 22, with  fundraising starting on March 28. 

The 2022 Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride is expected to involve over 100,000 riders in over 900 cities across the world, and is expected to raise over US$31million. 

For the ride, bikers are encouraged to dress in their finest tweed suits rather than traditional leathers.

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