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Triumph Bonneville T140
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IntroductionFirst StepsFrameForks and SuspensionBraking SystemEngine and GearboxFuel and ExhaustWheelsPaintTrimElectricsPutting it back togetherIndex

About the Author

Mark Paxton has spent his adult life repairing and restoring vehicles ranging from humble mopeds up to large trucks. He has written extensively about the process in classic car and motorcycle magazines along with eight other books published by Veloce. The latest project to fall under his spanners is the Triumph 750 twin, the ideal entry point into the world of classic British bikes. In it he examines the realities of resurrecting one of these iconic twins, the good, the bad and the downright frustrating.

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This is quite possibly the best book I've ever read on how to restore a Bonneville T140. Due to its content and layout, even complete novices to restoration work will be able to follow everything within the pages without problem. This book details a complete restoration of a T140, told in easy to understand text and over 900 full colour photographs. Advice on whether to restore, renovate or replace, how/where to assess component wear, special tools and how to use them and of the utmost importance, what is best left to the professionals! Mark Paxton the author actually buys a Bonneville T140 to restore and takes the reader through every process, until the machine is finished. If you only ever intend to buy one restoration manual for your own Triumph, make this the one you go for. - Nacelle. We like this restoration guide and recommend it. What this book does is take an entire T140 apart for restoration an rebuild every single part. Yes, a Haynes manual does that too. But this volume adds clarity, depth and perspective. Haynes manuals tend to work largely on the basis that things will disassemble and reassemble reasonably well, whereas this books shows you how often that does not happen, and what to do about it. Every part is photographed. All the issues (or at leat the vast majority) are laid bare. Problems are explored. Solutions are found. The war is won. Mark Paxton is the author and resorts. He writes simple and he takes simple snapshots, which is what you want. What we especially like is that the restoration guide demystifies T140s. It will show you how pretty much anyone can take apart a T140 Bonneville to bits and reassemble it in pretty mice the way Meriden Triumph intended. And there is an encouraging section on sorting out the paint too. Expect helpful hints and tips. Expect recaps, timely revelations, and words of warning and encouragement. This publication represents an hour or two (or maybe three) of workshop labour if you were to take your bike to a professional to get it rebuilt. And remember, just because you have this book at hand, it does not mean you are rebuilding the whole machine. You can use it to fix whatever you want to fix. The bottom line is that it will be money worth spent. Mark Paxton did a good job. - Sump. If Mark Paxton's new book from Veloce Publishing had been available back when I had my 1977 Silver Jubilee triumph Bonneville, I would have happily paid the cover price and would have been smart to do so. The book covers 750cc twin-cylinder models built from 1973 to 1983. In it, Paxton carefully documents the total restoration of a 1979 T140E. The completely restored bike is a testament to both his mechanical skill - and his courage. In the book's eleven chapters, which are comprehensively illustrated with 957 clear colour and black and white images, Paxton takes on every system, assembly and problem on his way to completion of the pavement-up restoration. He also provides sage advice on the tools and chemicals to have, workspace and safety. He also points out the difference between his book and a true model-specific shop manual and parts list and the value of having and using each if such a project is in the reader's future. By the end of the book, his project Triumph motorcycle looks as-new and proves that with time, planning, the right tools, skills and information, even a badly compromised British classic can be restored to its former glory. - UltimateMotorcycling.com. The author takes an older T140 and carefully detailed the steps in his own rebuild of the bike. In the book he shows how to assess wear in all mechanical components, then assists in deciding the most cost effective method of detailing with it. The process is dealt with in detail giving the owner the confidence to carry out their own repairs to a high standard, which will be both cost effective and satisfying. Brakes, suspension, chromework and trim are all addressed, making this an essential purchase for all Triumph 750 owners. Covering the models from 1973 to 1983, the book is beautifully illustrated with over 900 detailed colour photos and clear, concise text throughout. The author discusses options, and provides advice, on restoration, renovation or repair of components and addresses issues not found in traditional workshop manuals. Special tools, their purchase, use and possible alternatives are covered as well as advice on what is best left to the professionals. If you are thinking of carrying out any sort of repairs or renovation of a T140 then this book will provide essential and important help in the task. Or, if you would just like to see how your T140 goes together this book will be a valuable companion in your life with a Triumph Bonneville T140. This is without a doubt one of the best books on motorcycle restoration that I've seen in a very long time. - Triumph Times. This book is strongly reminiscent of the well-known and famous Haynes Manuals. this 160-page book, illustrated with no fewer than 957 colour and black-and-white photos, is a gold mine of information and practical tips. There is a lot to say for a writer who is not afraid to get his hands dirty. - Het Motor Rijwiel.

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