For some time I’ve been thinking about buying a Meriden, but which one? The best looking bike ever made(my opinion of course) was the 650 twin from the late 60’s. Aquiring one however does need the immediate presence of a serious amount of wonga, or alternatively buying a pile of bits and then spending a serious amount of wonga. So, I started liking the look of the 750s a bit more and the more I read about them the more likable they became. Some say the larger engine vibrated more and some say it was made more flexable to make it more user friendly. There are plenty of parts available if required and the prices of T140s are not yet at the 650 level, although there are some exceptions, the LE Royal Wedding for example. So I started looking seriously. Other advantages – left foot gear change and disc brakes – and didn’t the later ones have electric start? I did read an old road test on an export T140v and the outcome was the best Bonnie to date. My general plan was always to buy something in the condition that I want, and that was close to concours but not be frightened to use it. Then I came across this.
A T140 ES of 1981 vintage, 6000 miles repainted and all cycle parts restored. A bit of haggling and my garage is a bit smaller.
It is still 32 years old so a few checks were required. The fresh oil is returning nicely and there are enough volts when running. A check on all electrics revealed no front headlight. So off with the front of the headlight shell which looked almost brand new and everything appeared fine including what lookes like new wiring. Must be the switch then, which was original and that revealed some broken solder inside. That was fixed after a few attempts. Welcome to the world of classic biking.
I have to say I do not like kicking this beasty, the lecky start does work ( did I say the spragg had been replaced ) Early indications are that she is running a bit rich, although the spark plugs are not the recommended ones so those need changing. So I think a bit of fiddling with the Mk 2 amals.
I’ll keep you posted, Steve