1979 Triumph T140D Bonneville 750 Special
Frame no. T140D BA19238
Engine no. T140D BA19238
Fueled by the movie "Easy Rider," motorcycling in the 1970s was heavily about choppers. Even the factories got involved with their own custom-style models, what would become the cruiser class, popular to this day. An early success in that vein was Yamaha's XS650 Special. Noting their competitor's good sales with an air-cooled vertical-twin, Triumph embraced the factory- custom concept with its own cruiser, the Bonneville Special. This was finished in back with gold pinstriping, ran special badges, and was equipped with Lester cast wheels, a 2-into-1 exhaust system and a stepped saddle. Produced for two years in limited numbers, it is one of the rarer Bonneville variants.
The owner reports that this first-year, matching-numbers T140D Special was "built to ride." A Nevada bike with just over 8000 miles, it has been treated to a rebuilt top-end and clutch, new tires and inner tubes, a fresh battery, electronic ignition, plus overhauled carburetors and new air filters.