Two very well restored 1965 Bonnevilles were displayed side by side last week at the "Triumph Come Home" Rally in Oley, PA. Little difference could be made between the bikes in appearance and quality except that one, a T120SR had a triumph tank badge that had both the "Triumph" script and the grill field painted gold while the other, a T120 had the grill field painted black.
I'll be soon in the process of refitting newly re-chromed badges on a T120SR of the same year and I'm wondering whether this style badge, which has also been known as an "organ mouth" style, was ever painted with gold grill field?
In my memory, the background of the grid was black, while the inset of the word "Triumph" was filled with a brassy looking paint. These days, I wouldn't kick anyone for filling those letters with real gold.
Quite a few classic color photos exist on period sales brochures that would give you the exact answer. Go to Google and use the Image search.
The badge colors changed from year to year, model to model. The '62 models had gold background with black inside the letters. From what I can tell with a little research, these colors were reversed for the '65 Bonneville. From the original badges I've seen, the gold seem to be gold color, not metallic gold. More like an Ochre color. Bill
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FWIW, here's a picture of one of the badges off my '64 TR6 when it came out of the barn. The badge is faded, beat up, and dirty, but original for 1964. If they changed year to year, as HT said, this may be of no help, but then again may give somewhat of a reference.
'64 TR6R Plus some Twins from other countries (U.S., Germany, Japan)