1974 Triumph T140 Bonneville
Frame no. T140HJ56034
Engine no. T140HJ56034
By 1973 the BSA Group, which of course included Triumph Engineering Company Limited, was in a financial shambles although it must be clarified that Triumph itself remained consistently profitable for the duration in spite of their "not-so-handsome 1971 and 1972 650cc twins." The 1973 oil-in-the-frame 750cc models were earning critical acclaim from American customers, dealers and the motorcycle press when the BSA Group board set the cat among the pigeons and the...British motorcycle industry was effectively "no more." Some have described these bikes as the "best Bonnevilles ever".
This bike was built in the Triumph Meriden factory in late 1973 before the "blockade" of October that year thus production of the 1974 model year bikes was only five to six weeks long making such survivors as this quite rare. To avoid any confusion, the 1973 production of 1974 model year 750 Bonnevilles retained the right-side gear shifter.
The seller bought the bike from the original owner some six or seven years ago with the odometer showing near its current 12,264 miles, the then seller stating it was accurate. The new owner didn't ride it very much although it reportedly started and ran strongly, and in late 2008 decided to put it into dry storage. There it remained untouched until late 2013. The tank has been repainted in its original colors, and the mufflers replaced, as was the American-specification "high" handlebar for a lower, chrome European-style bar.
- Please note that the correct frame and engine number for this motorcycle is T140VHJ56034 and it is titled with frame number T140HJ56034.