Motorcycle Classics

Found on eBay: 1978 Triumph Bonneville T140

Reader Contribution by Landon Hall

We’ve highlighted the Triumph T140 Bonneville on these pages before, and we’ll do it again. This week’s search of eBay found a slick 1978 T140 Bonneville that’s just a couple of tweaks away from being in perfect riding condition.

Our Under the Radar column highlighted the T140 back in the November/December 2006 issue of Motorcycle Classics, and it can be read here. We said it then, and we’ll say it again. “The 1976-1980 Triumph T140V Bonnevilles are great rideable clasics and are much more affordable than their earlier counterparts.”

According to the auction, lots of work has been done to this T140. The frame and all black parts have been powdercoated and most of the hardware is stainless. The tank and sidecovers have been painted by Don Hutchinson Cycle, and the paint scheme and color is the European version of the 1978 USA-only Brown Cow with the brown seat. It has new front and rear brake master cylinders and rotors, and the rear wheel has new spokes and a new rim. The bike wears new Dunlop tires front and rear, along with a new chain and sprockets, a totally new exhaust system with NOS mufflers, and new fork seals.

The bike will need a battery, and the master cylinder is new but leaking. The owner has a rebuild kit that comes along with the sale.  

For more information and to visit the auction for this T140 Bonneville, go here.

To read the Motorcycle Classics article on the T140, go here. 

  • Published on Nov 2, 2010
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