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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!!!”