Custom painted triumph silver jubilee motorcycle

custom painted Triumph Silver Jubilee – Here are some pics Shane sent through to me of his custom painted triumph silver jubilee bike, custom painted here at Alison Arts.
We custom painted and hand pin striped this Triumph Motorcycle for him a little while back in the restored original style.
Shane has now got it all complete, back to its new 1977 appearance and on club rego ready to roll. Congrats Shane on a great finished bike.

See the finished restored custom bike in our gallery

A bit of Triumph silver jubilee history:

T140J Silver Jubilee

custom painted triumph silver jubilee bike

 Triumph Bonneville Jubilee 1977

The 1977 T140J was launched as a limited edition of 1,000 in US and an additional 1,000 in UK specification (plus 400 for Commonwealth export) of the T140V, produced to commemorate the 1977 Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. 2 The idea originated with Lord Stokes who was Chairman of British Leyland and working as a consultant to the Meriden Co-operative.

A silver finish with red and blue lining was used and was matched by a blue saddle with red beading. Primary drive, taillight housing and timing covers were chrome-plated and the wheel rim centres were painted and lined. US-version side panels had “One of a Thousand” written under Union Jack flag stickers, UK-version side panels had “Limited Edition”, while the remaining 400 Commonwealth export bikes were badged “International Edition”. Quickly established as a collectors item, each machine was supplied with a unique certificate of ownership.


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 T140E in US specification with optional Morris alloy wheels

Launched in 1978, the letter ‘E’ stood for emissions compliant. This model featured a new cylinder head, redesigned Amal carburettors to meet emission regulations and shortly after production started, Lucas electronic ignition. Most ‘E’ models had many design improvements including new Lucas switchgear, new side panel design and passenger grabrails that incorporated a small parcel rack. There was also a 1980 T140E Special Edition with hard luggage, a bikini fairing and special two-tone paint. custom painted triumph silver jubilee bike

T140D Special

custom painted triumph silver jubilee bike

 US specification T140D Bonneville Special

Launched in 1979 and designed by Triumph’s Tom Higham, the Triumph T140D Bonneville Special was a styling exercise inspired by the Yamaha XS 650 Special. Several T140D features such as the top-mounted rear disc caliper and revised grabrail became standard on the T140E. The Bonneville Specials were finished in gold-pinstriped black with a stepped seat and seven-spoke US-made Lester mag-alloy wheels and a tuned two-into-one exhaust for the US market.  The T140D had polished fork sliders and a shortened chrome mudguard fixed in place by its central bracing strip.

T140ES Electro

The Bonneville T140ES was the electric start or ‘Electro’ Bonneville. Launched in 1980 and designed at Meriden by Brian Jones, the electric starter was fitted at the rear of the timing chest where the magneto had been located on the original 1959 Bonneville T120.  Optional on all Triumph models following its introduction upon the ‘Executive’, electric starting was however standard on all Royal Wedding, T140AV, TSS and TSX models.

 custom painted triumph silver jubilee bike