How to re­store a Tri­umph Bon­neville T140

Old Bike Australasia - - EYES RIGHT -

By Mark Pax­ton

Pub­lished by Ve­loce 160 pages Pa­per­back ISBN: 978-1-787111-49-3 Price: £45 UK, $70 US Avail­able from Ren­nicks (02) 9695 7055­

Much of this very de­tailed book cov­ers the au­thor’s restora­tion of a 1979 T140 and deals with the fun­da­men­tals com­mon to any restora­tion, as well as the quirks of this par­tic­u­lar ma­chine. The 750cc ver­sion of the ven­er­a­ble 650 Bon­neville twin was pro­duced in twin car­bu­ret­tor form from both the US and UK/Euro­pean mar­kets, as in sin­gle-carb form as the Tiger from 1973 to 1983. There should not be too many ques­tions left unan­swered for the re­storer of a T140 af­ter read­ing this book, with more than 900 colour il­lus­tra­tions. Un­hap­pily, this model was pro­duced dur­ing the short­lived ad­min­is­tra­tion of NVT (Nor­ton Vil­liers Tri­umph) and qual­ity was not what it once was. Restora­tion there­fore in­cludes some re­me­dial work to cor­rect in­her­ent faults, all of which the au­thor deals with in de­tail. The electrics, for in­stance, come in for thor­ough scru­tiny, in­clud­ing modern re­place­ment items for the trou­ble­some orig­i­nals. The au­thor’s fin­ished restora­tion is cer­tainly a head­turner, and would be a far more re­li­able and func­tional ma­chine than the orig­i­nal.

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