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Aug/Sept Bike of the Month:
Kurt's 1973 Triumph T140V Bonneville
I purchased from a friend and coworker in 2001 for the tidy
sum of $200.00 USD.
Here's the "before" photo
Not being a big fan of the styling of the OIF Triumphs I decided to make it suit my tastes and go for an earlier look patterning it after a 1970 T120R Bonneville. I installed a 1971 front end with conical hub 8" TLS brake and installed progressive fork springs and long fork gaiters as well as painting the fork sliders black.
I installed a set of US spec 1968-70 handlebars and removed all of the Lucas handlebar switchgear in favor of a single dip switch/ horn button. I removed the 73 airbox/side covers in favor of fiberglass conversion covers that resemble the earlier oil tank and side cover and went with the old style screw on air filters on new Amal concentrics. For reliability I went with a Boyer ignition and solid state voltage regulator/rectifier.
I also added a 1968 T120 exhaust system using Toga head pipes and Wassel silencers. The 750 engine was bored out .040 over and received a complete rebuild to stock specs by Rex Floyd.
She's also rolling on a new set of Dunlop K 70 tires. I used a 1968 T120 tail light and housing to round out the look,
I'm also running a 1973 North Carolina licence plate and a 1973 UK tax disk for that added neato factor.
I painted it in a 1970 Bonneville scheme but used Mitsubishi Durango Copper (a 1995 Eclipse only colour) and Mercedes silver for the scallops and hand pinstriped those using gold One Shot.
The frame was stripped down to bare metal and painted in DuPont Chroma base black, decals added and clear coated.
The restoration took over three years and I did all the work myself with the exception of the engine rebuild. It should be noted that it wasn't 3.5 years straight, due to a tiny budget and I did get sidetracked many times by shiny objects
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