1982 Triumph 750 Bonneville
Frame no. SCGB75500CM 030975
Engine no. T140ES00M30975
By 1982 Triumph was barely hanging on. Despite a series of improvements, the Bonneville was showing its age compared to new and improved models coming from Japan. Within a year the Meriden works would be closed down.
This '82 T140ES from the Lattin collection shows just how hard Triumph was trying, though. The engine had already been punched out to 750cc and fitted with a 5-speed gearset. The ES designation in the model name indicated, at last, the addition of electric starting, a fact emphasized by the "Electro" decal complete with lightning bolt. After a shaky start, the new oil-bearing frame had been redesigned and now added to the brand's reputation for secure handling. Disc brakes at both ends brought stopping up to date, and thanks to U.S. safety regulations, the Bonnie now shifted on the left and had its brake pedal on the right.
Lattin's T140ES, wearing a fogged bronze paint scheme with gold pinstripes, is all-original and shows just 7700 miles. It retains its Bing carburetors, as delivered.
- Please note that the title for this motorcycle is in transit