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Triumph Bonneville SE – Maccomotors

Posted on September 9, 2013 by Andrew in Café Racer. 26 comments

It seems weird to say it, but there are actually riders out there who spend their whole life on non-customised bikes. Riders who are perfectly happy using a factory-prepared bike in exactly the same state that it left the maker’s premises. Stock pipes. Stock rubber. Hell, even the air in the tires probably has the whiff of aftershave from the factory worker who inflated them. Yes – such people do exist. Juan Manuel, the owner of this bike, was actually one of them. But through luck or through fate, he stumbled across the rather bitchin’ custom work of José and Tito from Maccomotors and the rest, as they say, is historia.

“When Juan bought his new Triumph Bonneville SE with its standard mag wheels, he still hadn’t really twigged to bike customizations,” notes José, “And then, hallelujah, he discovered them. He was impressed with our Macco Nº1, so then he contacted us to completely change the look of his bike. He wanted us to build an industrial-looking bike, but with some retro touches at the same time. The first step was to change the original rims with spoked rims, and after that it was all up to Maccomotors. So we went to work designing and building. Looking back, we have changed almost everything. One of the most noteworthy contributions in ‘Dusty Pearl’ (as it came to be known) are the handmade side panels that left the rear brake pump outside. We love them the most.”

“Our philosophy when it comes to customising motorcycles is to do something aesthetically beautiful and functional at the same time. We always speak with the customers to know what kind of riding they do or even to advise them when they are choosing a bike to customise. We like the retro style and beauty that hides in the bikes of the 60s, 70s and 80s and when we have finished a bike and we give it a new life and a new personality, we feel really satisfied. We know what we do is truly worthwhile. But the design for us is fundamental; the shapes, colors and all parts must have total harmony.

Juan Manuel, like most of our other clients, knew of our work and contacted us directly. When he bought his Bonneville SE, he wasn’t really into custom bikes. But once he was bitten, he wanted to completely change the look of the bike. He wanted a motorcycle that was industrial looking, muscular and functional. The client’s only real requirement was that he wanted a Supertrap exhaust and to change the tires. The rest was up to Maccomotors.”

“So, as with every new bike Macco, we presented Juan a design concept for the build. Colours, tires, seat, lights – we try to cover it all. He was more than happy with what he saw and trusted us to see it through. 

But there was one big challenge for Dusty Pearl. Juan wanted to be able to put the stock seat back on to allow travel with his wife. This was by far the hardest job for the build. Our answer was to build twin subframes that we could mount both seats to. This is the first bike we know of that has two subframes.”

“The details on the build include Rizoma 22mm handlebars, shorty polished control levers, Tomaselli grips, a Rizoma front brake reservoir, a Bates 5¾” headlight, a ‘mongrel’ tail light, Maccomotors mudguards and brackets, spoked rim with an 18” front and 17” rear, a Metzeler Tourance 140 rear and a Dunlop 110 front, racing footpegs, Bitubo WME progressive rear shocks with Wilbers progressive front fork springs, a Supertrap exhaust, and the new seat and paint is also by us.”

Do you know of a rider who has yet to appreciate the sublime beauty of riding a bike that is the only one of it’s kind in the world? You do? Then save them. Save them today. Do it for Juan. Do it for Maccomotors. But most of all, do it for us. Hallelujah.

[Photos by Sergio Ibarra from Semimate]

  • All in all, a very tasteful build. The brown leather seat reminds me of an old 18th century desk chair, and that has to be my favourite bit of the bike. Although these Supertrapp mufflers are getting around alot lately, they lend themselves to this type of build, and it hasn’t detracted from the overall appeal. The understated elements of this bike and the subtle modifications add to its classiness. A job well done. 2 thumbs up! 😉

  • Aris Polymeroudis

    Beautiful build, subtle and well proportioned……hence my all time dislike, the pipewrap….I’d prefer a simple, mat black heat resistant paint, even if I had to repaint the headers every week….Lord have mercy!

  • G369

    BELLA! But no rev counter?

    • arnold

      On mine, 100mph is 7k rpm, 5th gear, when I lay down on the tank.
      You can back calculate from there.ald

  • Exess Sixfifty

    Yaaawn… triumph’s the new harley… I’m getting bored. I go back and read for the 4th time the CR750 Yoshimura story!

  • lennymccall

    Ok this is killing me! I’ve got a 2010 Scamber and have been trying to figure out where everyone keeps getting that rock catcher headlight cover. I see it over and over and no one can ever fill me in as to where I can get one. Any help guys? Guess I can email Maccomotors.
    I’ve been looking into getting one custom made but haven’t been real lucky…

  • lennymccall

    Hmm maybe it’s the whole headlight set up I keep seeing, Looks like it might be a little smaller than my OEM. That’s cool, Where does IT come from if so? Help!

  • MF

    Fantastic. A well done for adding a shot of it being ridden. The proportions are never clearly evident without this shot, on any bike.

  • 3s and 7s

    Once again a picture of a rider whose obviously not going slow, wearing a t-shirt, no gloves, no boots etc. what’s the deal? Can somebody please fill me in? Is it just an attempt to be as cool as possible? Imagine having the skill to hand build parts on a bike like this, or others and then you fall off one day ruin your hands, arms legs etc and can build anymore. Skin grafts much?

    I notice in jay larossa’s picture on the previous post he is wearing so proper gear. Smart man, good to see.

    Bike has some nice lines too.

    • dannyb278

      Ever consider that that is how he wants to ride? Somedays i ride full face sports helmet, some day retrl0 metal flake open face, someday no helmet at all. In the end, worry about your own gear choices.

      • Adam Santella

        You do look as cool as possible in a metal flake open face, lets be honest

      • 3s and 7s

        All I’m saying is I live in a fairly small city (globally speaking) yet I frequently see people riding in shorts, with flip flops, t-shirts, no gloves. I’ve seen people riding with helmets on but not done up. I once saw a guy texting while he was riding! In my country my taxes go towards their hospital bills and the cost to register a bike is skyrocketing due to the government being scared of the accident statistics.

        I love the personal responsibility that comes with riding a motorcycle. The fact that you alone are in control of your actions and their potential consequences but like it or not if pictures get posted online like this people do treat these talented men as role models. If people professionally involved in motorcycles can’t protect themselves then why would anybody else is the logic some people would apply. Does it mean that when he’s welding/machining in his workshop that he doesn’t wear personal protection gear because he doesn’t want to?

        Not a personal attack on you or your opinion I just can’t understand the logic as someone who has fallen off and had skin saved by protective gear.

        I’d would say its just not something that we feel the same about.

        • dannyb278

          Concerning safety gear, i guess the common consensus should be “make your own choices, but take responsibility and live with the consequences of those choices, whatever they may be.”

        • revdub

          I know what you’re saying here. I always like to tell people (I’m sure they get annoyed with me), “Run as fast as you can and throw yourself in the street. Now, take that damage and times it out by 10. Then, tell me if you need gloves and a decent pair of boots.”

          • arnold

            Now that’s a good point made clear Rev; mind if I borrow it?

          • revdub

            I don’t mind, Arnold! I’m just glad to make any sense at all.

        • arnold


        • …Like Clockwork

          I completely agree with you here. And your username is bitchin’.

        • coldsunshine

          I think the helmet with no gear is just so they can identify you when they pick up the pieces. My dad was against the helmet laws here in California. He told me once that a guy had a slow wreck and because his helmet bounced when it hit, it broke his neck and he died. My thought was how would his head have handled the hit without the helmet???

  • Adam Santella

    +1 for the wire wheels, not sure about the side panels, clearly thats a lot of work and time but it looks slightly out of place in the picture from the side. I love the twin subframe idea, thats really cool. “Hold on honey I need to get the Stock seat mounted to the secondary subframe so the motorcycle can support your weight.” That statement would get any woman hot and heavy.

  • steve-bmw

    I love this bike. I have seen another cool modern custom with just a few suttle changes that is similar to this bike at

  • Mahmoud Baayoun

    didn’t those suppertrapp affect the performance ? i bet they sound great.