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In 1978, my father, an original Meriden Triumph employee decided that at the age of 39, it was time to stop being bossed around in menial jobs, and time to start being the all-knowing, all-seeing omnipotent smart arse that did the bossing; he trained to become a teacher. That in itself isn’t all that remarkable, an unforgettable occasion aside from one thing; he’d convinced my mother that commuting from the Midlands to Liverpool and back each week, only really worked if he did it on a bike.

That’s some superstar level of manipulation right there, and it worked. A short trip to a local dealer later, and CAC 726T was his – a beautiful candy apple red & black export model spec Triumph Bonneville T140V/E (it was produced in February 1978, which meant it was a mixture of the T140V & E). I was seven years old. Forty years later, I still remember that time, purely because of the Bonnie. (In fact, you can read about my first experience of a Bonnie here).

Dad was a badass. The Bonnie represented everything that was cool; the style, noise and even smell was just an overload of my seven-year-old senses, I can still to this day remember the ticking noises as the headers cooled down, and leaving a large portion of flesh from my fingers on one of the header pipes after touching it because I was fascinated by the blueing.

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Triumph Bonneville History #infographic

Triumph Bonneville History

In 1978, my father, an original Meriden Triumph employee decided that at the age of 39, it was time to stop being bossed around in menial jobs, and time to start being the all-knowing, all-seeing omnipotent smart arse that did the bossing; he trained to become a teacher. That in itself isn’t all that remarkable, an unforgettable occasion aside from one thing; he’d convinced my mother that commuting from the Midlands to Liverpool and back each week, only really worked if he did it on a bike.

That’s some superstar level of manipulation right there, and it worked. A short trip to a local dealer later, and CAC 726T was his – a beautiful candy apple red & black export model spec Triumph Bonneville T140V/E (it was produced in February 1978, which meant it was a mixture of the T140V & E). I was seven years old. Forty years later, I still remember that time, purely because of the Bonnie. (In fact, you can read about my first experience of a Bonnie here).

Dad was a badass. The Bonnie represented everything that was cool; the style, noise and even smell was just an overload of my seven-year-old senses, I can still to this day remember the ticking noises as the headers cooled down, and leaving a large portion of flesh from my fingers on one of the header pipes after touching it because I was fascinated by the blueing.

Triumph Bonneville History #infographic


infographic by: timeless2wheels.com

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