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Triumph Bonneville – Ellaspede

Posted on May 23, 2013 by Andrew in Brat. 27 comments

When they are rolled out of the factory, some bikes are a lot closer to a rider’s dream of visual perfection than others. Your early 80s Yamaha Virago is a great example of this. Until an intrepid customiser realised that there was gold buried under them there faux Harley hills, most people would have crossed the street to avoid riding one. Now we’re not about to lump the Bonneville into this category. Not at all. In our eyes, it’s a bike that is as close to perfect as you’ll ever get from a mass-produced ride. But that’s not to say that it couldn’t do with a few little custom touches to really let it shine. And that’s just the approach that the bike’s owner and the team at Ellaspede took when they started this, their latest build.

Brendan, the bike’s owner, came to Ellaspede convinced that although the bike’s looks were in the ballpark, something cool could be done to improve them. They worked together deciding on an aesthetic that scrapped the fussy bits, added some colour and generally tightened things up. And all for a not-to-silly budget, too.

The bigger changes are the shortened frame, custom seat, custom graphics on the side covers (which relate to Brendan’s profession), a custom rear guard, lowered handlebars and all-black rims. They lads toyed with the idea of returning the Bonneville to the spoked wheels of the previous model, but there was a budget to consider so some powdercoating on the existing mags was the route chosen.

Post the bigger mods, the finer details were seen to. The headlight and gauge were lowered and a custom shroud was added to smooth the headstock. Gators now cover the forks. The ignition, regulator/rectifier and horn have also been relocated via a British Custom bracket.

A flexible LED stop light tucks in under the seat, and a number plate relocation bracket was made to retain some legal coverage of the rear wheel. The mufflers were shortened and then mated to the original brackets by flipping side to side. Posh indicators rounded out the changes.

The final mod was a custom wiring loom to make all the new bits work, an air injection removal kit (again c/o British Customs) and an alarm which had everyone in the shop bleeding from the ears until they figured out how to use it properly. Amazing what an instruction manual can do, isn’t it? All up, it’s maybe not a ground-breaking build, but definitely one which has gilded this Bonnie’s lily and made Brendan a very happy chappy.

  • Lenzie

    what a beauty

  • Anthony

    Dark & sober, successful

  • revdub

    A very classy treatment. Beautiful bike.

  • Mike H.

    Is it out of line to ask what these mods cost…approximately?

    • arnold

      No it is not, whether you get an answer is another question. It is in many cases, what the client is willing/ able to pay. Many of these bikes are built to customers specs and are confidential. I will have to say that the the thought of ‘how did they do that’ and respect for those that can ‘do that’ and make a profit, and a living, is enough for me.

  • That tail light though.

  • arnold

    As a long time bonnie (T100) owner, here’s what I like: the ‘rubber knee’ pads. Here’s what I don’t like: (insert blank space here). Sure the cast wheels don’t define the retro era, the tacho is important to me, and no date was given, but judging from the coloration of the pipes it is carburetted, rather than injected. Triumph has done more with an old world name to manufacture world class bike at a price point. This example proves the point. Low entry price,low cost modifications, and a good looking, reliable rider.ald

    • arnold

      Was my bias too apparent?

    • Richard

      And you the fact you can see the carbys?

      • jjank

        I have a 2012 bonnie and the same coloration on the pipes, with EFI. The intakes are designed to look like carbs.

    • Llama

      Looks to be an EFI model. The larger, more bulbous gas tank holds the fuel pump. All Bonnies have the carbs , its just on the newer bikes they are hiding the throttle bodies in the FI models…

    • RKW50

      But ya know what arnold, all the reviews say these 17 inch mag wheeled bonnies handle so much better than the 19 inch wire wheeled T100. And they are tubeless. So just from a performance/handling standpoint, perhaps this was the right decision. (and I have a 2014 T100 SE). Love it, but sure like the standard mag wheeled bonnies too 🙂 What would I have done different? Ummmm maybe a Motogadget retro speedo!

  • matt

    fucking boring

    • A touch more respect would be appreciated, thanks.

    • Grendel Medlord

      I remember my first beer.

      • barney fife

        Lol, great/appropriate reply…ha ha…

    • coldsunshine

      Kind of like your comment.

  • coldsunshine

    It’s a nice looking bike. There isn’t really any design element that stuns me, but I don’t think that was the point.

  • Clean lines, subtle mods, always nice to see a new Triumph custom – but it seems like I’ve seen this build before?

  • one b

    lesson in less is more.
    love the tasteful touches of brown on the nearly all black bike.
    looking for similar grips for my ’72 tr6. are these from posh in japan ?

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  • james devlin

    Is it for sale

  • Niklas

    What are the seat?

  • mrjithesh

    Nice and sweet.

  • harry diaz

    what is the price this motorcicle, somebody now’

    • shane kilroy

      Hi do you plan to sale the bike ?

  • Johnny Drama

    what grips, handlebar, brand of seat, and headlight were used?