Triumph Bonneville T140
1973-1983 & 1985-1988. 750cc OHV air-cooled twin.
Triumph Bonneville T140 Pros
Performance: 100mph in standard tune. More possible.
Reliability: Generally very good. Niggling roadside issues.
Spares: All parts available, new and used. Fair prices.
Maintenance: Easy. Few special tools needed. Durable.
Transmission: Very good 5-speed gearbox.
Handling: Good. Predictable. Surefooted.
Braking: Good discs. Upgrades available. Drums okay.
Looks: Classic Triumph style, ageing nicely.
Fuel economy: Expect 50-55 mpg. More for TR7s.
Value for money: Good to very good.
Investment potential: T140s hold steady values.
Modifications: Plenty of tuning options (cams, carbs, etc)
Sound: Peashooter silencers make all the right noises.
Triumph Bonneville T140 Cons
Oil: Triumphs usually mark their territory. Manageable.
Theft: Bonnies need to locked and bolted.
Vibes: Moderate. Improvable. Irritation for some riders.
Gear change: Right side pre-1976. Left side thereafter.
Starting: Electric start models have weak sprag clutches.
Power: Could use more. 55-75mph cruising. Adequate.
Lighting: Weak by modern standards.
Noise: Plenty of top-end Triumph clatter. But acceptable.
Emissions: Smells like a "real" motorcycle. Can smoke.
Clutch: Heavy-ish. Mods and upgrades available.
Instruments: Basic. Speedo. Rev-counter. No frills.
Electrics: Heated grips are about all you can wire-in.
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Price: £14.99 plus P&P
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