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Tim Nier's 1978 Triumph Bonneville 750 T140E

1978 triumph bonneville t140e 
Tim Nier's restored 1978 Triumph Bonneville 750 T140E. 

Bike: 1978 Triumph Bonneville 750 T140E
Rider: Tim Nier, Sycamore, Ill.
Age: 58
Occupation: Domestic engineer (Stay-at-home dad)

Tim’s story: “I found my Triumph in a garage in 1982 and bought it the same day more than 28 years ago. I have loved every minute of owning it. Restoring it has been a great feeling and at shows people love to talk to me about the bike. The bike starts on one kick and has no leaks. It is a pleasure to ride and I never get tired of my ‘PA-TAY-TA PA-TAY-TA’ exhaust sound!

“When I found the bike it had 7,000 miles on it. Today it has 22,000 good highway miles. In the last five years, I have been maintaining and restoring it so that it remains stock. My restoration work has been done by P.T. Customs in Burnips, Mich., owned by Kevin McDonald. The tank was painted two years ago by ‘Wiz,’ who owns Arrow Art in Byron Center, Mich. All of this work has brought me many first place trophies. Triumph rules!!!”

 

peter roque
1/14/2012 9:40:02 PM

I am a fan too, my last bonnie was a 1968, I wanted to buy a new one a month ago, a T-100, I test ride it and what a disssappointment, it felt like a twin jap, I miss the sound and low rpm high torque from the oldies that they seem to be a 270 degree crank firing order, is that true at all?, the new ones are 360 degree order, is that the basic difference or there is more, please somebody help me, by the way I understand the new scramblers are still 270 degree firing order, if so I could make a nice replica of a 60's Bonnie just by replacing those ugly off road tires and adding full front fender, low exhaust pipes and peashutter hollowed mufflers.


pumps
8/25/2011 12:15:55 PM

Didn't the old Bonnies have a 360 degree firing order? The new ones do but they have counter balancers to reduce vibrations.


triumphdave2
7/21/2011 8:16:02 AM

I have been a Triumph fan for 40yrs owning many examples of the 60s-70s twins tripples and singles. I also currently own examples of the modern tripples. I have not owned a modern Bonniville and probably won't buy one, they just don't have the style and class of the old ones. I test rode a new Bonny when they first came out and it felt like riding a mid sized twin from Japan. Triumph should have made the new Bonny a thumper like the original, then it would have the feel and sound. Some would argue that a thumper running both its pistons up and down together gives you vibration. This is true but you get more torque and a great sound from a thumper.