Triumph Bonneville 750 T140E Final Edition


Make Model

Triumph Bonneville 750 T140E Final Edition




Four stroke, parallel twin, OHV, 2 valves per cylinder


744 cc / 45.4 cu in
Bore x Stroke 76 x 82 mm
Compression Ratio 8.6:1
Cooling System Air cooled


2 x 30 mm Amal carburetors


Battery / dual coil / dual points / Lucas


Electric and kick

Max Power

40.3 kW / 54 hp @ 6200 rpm

Max Torque

56.6 Nm / 5.77 kgf-m / 41.8 ft-lb @5500 rpm


Wet, multiplate


5 Speed

Final Drive

Chain, 106 links

Gear Ratios

1st 12.25 / 2nd 8.63 / 3rd 6.58 / 4th 5.59 / 5th 4.70:1
Frame Tubular steel, double front downtubes, oil bearing large tube backbone

Front Suspension

Telescopic forks

Rear Suspension

Swingarm, Girling shocks, 3-way spring preload adjustable

Front Brakes

Single 254 mm disc, 1 piston caliper

Rear Brakes

Single 254 mm disc, 1 piston caliper

Front Tyre


Rear Tyre

Rake 28o
Trail 109 mm / 4.3 in
Wheelbase 1422 mm / 56 in
Dimensions Length: 2220 mm / 87.5 in
Width:    840 mm / 33.0 in
Seat Height 813 mm / 32.0 in

Dry Weight

200 kg / 441 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

18.2 Litres / 4.8 US gal / 4.0 Imp gal
Consumption 5.5 L/100 km / 18 km/l / 42 US mpg / 51 Imp mpg
Top Speed 190 km/h / 118 mph
Road Test Cycle World 1981

Development History

The original Triumph Bonneville was named after the Bonneville Salt Flats in the state of Utah, USA, where Triumph and other motorcycle companies made attempts on the world motorcycle speed records. It was popular (particularly in its early years) for its performance, compared to other bikes available. Although later enlarged to 750 cc, in the late 1970s and early 1980s it suffered when compared to more modern and reliable Japanese motorbikes from Honda and other manufacturers. The T120 engine, both in standard configuration and especially when tuned for increased performance, was popular for installing in café racers such as Tribsas, and particularly Tritons.

T120 Bonneville

The original Triumph Bonneville was a 650 cc parallel-twin (two-cylinder) motorcycle manufactured by Triumph Engineering Co Ltd and later by Norton-Villiers-Triumph between 1959 and 1974. It was based on the company's Tiger 110, and was fitted with the Tiger's optional twin 1 3/16 in Amal monobloc carburettors as standard, along with that model's high-performance inlet camshaft. Initially it was produced with a pre-unit construction engine which enabled the bike to comfortably achieve 115 mph without further modification, but later (1963), a unit construction model was made which was more compact and added slightly to the stiffness of the set-up, together with additional bracing for the steering head and swinging arm. The steering angle was altered and improved forks were fitted a couple of years later, which, together with the increased stiffness enabled the overall performance of the Bonneville to match that of its rivals.

T140 Bonneville

Developed from the later 'oil in frame' (based on that of the BSA A65) version of the T120, the first few T140s, designated T140V, featured a larger capacity engine of 724 cc, a five-speed gearbox option and indicators, but still retained drum brakes and kick-start. Shortly after, the engine was further bored-out to 744 cc and front disc brakes were fitted (single discs before 1982). In 1975, along with engine modifications, the gearchange lever was moved from right to left to comply with regulations introduced for the American market. Several T140 models followed featuring various modifications and refinements until production ceased with the closure of the Meriden works in 1983.

Meriden Bonneville Time-line

1958 Debut of Bonneville T120 at Earls Court Bike Show

1959 First Bonneville 650cc T120 released. Headlamp is enclosed in a nacelle and frame is single downtube

1960 New model appears with twin downtube duplex frame and headlamp nacelle is absent

1961 Amal monoblocs replace remote float bowl set-up

1962 Land speed record achieved @ 224.57mph

1963 Unit construction of engine and gearbox. Frame is revised with single downtube and duplex cradle

1964 Approximately 70 Thruxton Bonnies built over next 2 years

1967 Amal Concentric carburettors are introduced

1971 Oil in frame Bonnevilles appear and indicators are standard

1972 Optional five speed gear box is introduced

1973 Five speed 750cc T140 released. Front disc brake is added and frame revised.

NVT announces closure of Meriden.

1975 Meriden Co-operative agreed to and trading begins under new name of Meriden Motor Cycle Co-operative.

First of the new Meriden Co-op Bonnevilles appear

1976 Left side gear change is now standard as is rear disc

1977 Purchase of Triumph name and sales rights from NVT. Limited edition Silver Jubilee released

1979 New model sees electronic ignition, MkII Amals, revised instrumentation and parallel inlet ports

1980 Electric start available

1983 Last of Meriden built Bonnevilles. Increasing debts force Meridens closure

1985 Bonnevilles now built under licence by parts manufacturer LF Harris in Devon

1988 Production of Bonnevilles cease