In 1976, Triumph swapped sides for the shifter and rear brake pedals to comply with new US regulations that required the shifter on the left. While they were at it, they also installed new petcocks with ON and OFF markings (again, a new US requirement) and swapped out the rear drum brake for a disc.
There were minor additional changes, but the big news was the left side shifter. For more information on the ’76 model, check out Classic British Motorcycles – they note that many people didn’t care for how the changes affected the styling of the primary and gearbox covers.
This example has just 8,150 miles, the last 1,150 of which were put on the by the current seller (who is the second owner). The bike had been sitting for 30 years and then mechanically restored: “the engine received a complete tear down and rebuild, all the way to splitting the case and cleaning the sludge trap in the crankshaft. Nothing was left undone.” In addition, the brakes, carbs, and clutch were rebuilt, it has new-ish tires, and the bike has the UK handlebar which is lower (original US bar included). Everything is said to be original except for the bar-end mirrors, some replacement turn signals, and the leather saddlebag.
Find this Bonnie for sale in Norwalk, Connecticut for $7,500 here on Craigslist.
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