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‘Bonneville’ – Vintage Addiction Crew

Posted on July 31, 2013 by Andrew in Moped. 26 comments

It’s been quite a while between moped posts for us. As a matter of fact, we haven’t posted a single one since last year. So we’ve been keeping our eyes peeled for something to redress the imbalance, and when we laid them on this little Catalonian gem from a shop that goes by the name of Vintage Addiction Crew, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity. It’s a rather amazing mash-up of a Derby, a KTM, and a Beta Trueba (a rather natty-looking Moto that we’d never heard of before) mixed with a touch of salt flat racing. And I don’t think it would be an overstatement to say that it’s our favourite ‘ped of 2013 so far.

“My name is Carlos (A.K.A. Xarly). I’m a guy from Barcelona, ​​Catalunya. I work fulltime in a garage as a mechanic, which leaves me nothing more than the nights and weekends to build bikes. I am passionate about engines and everything old; Volkswagen aircooleds, Porches, Vespas and Lambrettas! I’m also a big fan of kustom rods.”

“Recently, I decided to do something a little different, so I started the Vintage Addiction Crew. It’s all about restoring vintage transport and putting your whole heart and soul into each build. I hope to one day make a living doing this.”

“This is the second bike check by Vintage Addiction and it was made specifically for a moped build-off called the ‘Massive Metamorphosis Mopeds’ contest. It’s a friendly event for like-minded builders who enjoy modifying scooters. It was a great experience and I met many cool people from the scene.”

“It would not have been possible without the help of my friends, who donated their bikes for this project. I was lucky enough to get my hands on one Derby 49 cc variant, one Beta Trueba, and one KTM 80cc with the main parts being from the Derby.”

“It’s a bike inspired by Bonneville speed machines. The front wheel is from the Beta Trueba. The forks are from a KTM 80 and the ‘bars are from a Yamaha TZR. The headlight is a cast after market item with a custom support. It’s also got a handmade one litre tank, as you can probably see. The chassis and seat are also heavily customised. The rear wheel is from a Rieju Supermotard. The silencer and expansion chamber are based on a Derby and Tavi units.”

“For such a small bike to have so many build hours, especially in the installation of new forks and the central seat mod might seem a bit crazy, but the end result pleases me so much. I am very happy, which is the main thing. I enjoyed every minute of it. I hope you like it.”

  • James


    This is so cool. I bet it’s a blast to ride something this small and light!

  • arnold

    Aside from lacking a chin rest on the top of the top fork tree for going really fast, I’d call it perfect.

    Beta is pretty well known in the American version of trials riding.

  • I gotta say – I’ve got a soft spot in my heart for mopeds. My first ride was a sub-50 and it got me hooked on motorcycles for life. This little baby is way cool. I wouldn’t change a thing except to add a little side-stand so I could park it in front of the coffee shop.

  • Sooty

    Hmmm… Mixed feelings about this one.

  • revdub

    Wow. So glad this came up here. I have been seeing pictures around of this bike, but without any info. This is one awesome ped! Honestly, my favorite moped build I have seen in a long time. There is not a single aspect of this bike that isn’t custom. I love the mono-shock, rear fender, chopped-seat, fat inverted forks, custom mini gas tank… I could go on and on. Great job on a mean little bike!!

    • 100% in agreement – the mono-shock alone is worth the price of admission.

  • James Sutton

    And people say sportbikes are uncomfortable! Haha would ride; 10/10!

  • Robert Thomas Moen

    Pretty solid Derbi right there. I did chuckle a bit at the Johnny 5 style headlight mount. Big thumbs up for the modified tail end.

  • Holland Oats

    I wonder what it looks like with a human being on top.

  • Carvaggio

    Looks good & I like to see a unique build like this but I’ve just gotta ask why this bike is being refered to as a “moped” when there are no pedals on it? Am I missing something here?

    • Jake

      Plenty mopeds are modded out so that the pedals are not needed. Then they become “nopeds” Its still a moped frame so it can still be called a moped.

      • Carvaggio

        thanks for the info. I guess then it should be referred to as a “noped” since they took the pedals off since really that’s what classifies it as a moped.

  • itsmefool

    This thing almost looks dirt-trackable! RTM got the nickname right…Johnny Five FTW!

  • Honest Mike

    Is that Tank feeding a Derbi Piston Port or Reed Motor?

  • haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    i’m not super stoked on the chain tensioner being on the drive side of the chain, that’s just poor practice, otherwise i love it!

    • Guest

      if im not worng , i think those variant swingarms have tensioners in both sides.

  • The Badger

    Well you dont see one of them every day

  • Mgmue mgmu

    Sexy. Love it.

  • Galavant

    I want to see a picture of someone riding it!

  • Rob Balk

    It is spelled Derbi, Not Derby.

  • Vintage King Motor

    What a cool looking low rider motorcycle. Vintage Addiction Crew you
    guys put together a one of a kind. Thanks for sharing it. Vintage Motorcycle Parts

  • Emilio Pastore

    VERY nice !