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Triumph Bonneville ‘Hellzapoppin’ – Ton-Up Garage

Posted on May 1, 2015 by Scott in Tracker. 23 comments


Written by Ian Lee.

Isn’t new love grand? You just want to spend time together, walking on the beach, holding hands, riding your bitchin Triumph down country lanes two up …This is the thought behind today’s feature bike, a labour of love from the Ton-up Garage in Portugal. Built for a couple looking to spend as much time as possible together, this Triumph Bonneville has been customised while still allowing for two up action. Dubbed ‘Hellzapoppin’ after the dance style that brought them together, this bike is tearing up the streets of Lisbon and backroads of Portugal, showing that Ton-up motorcycles aren’t necessarily about one up motorcycling.


Taking the Bonnie back to bare bones, Ton-up looked at ways of giving the bike a more sporting aesthetic, while still retaining the ability to take a pillion passenger. A new seat was fashioned up, manufactured in leather. The rear subframe has had an angle grinder taken to it, and a new rear loop mounted to accommodate the new seat assembly. A new rear mudguard was also produced to suit the lines of the seat, and to ensure the pillion passenger’s back stays mudfree. Whilst the rear subframe was being improved, the electrical harness was tidied up, and the factory airbox ditched to give that minimalistic look.

triumph Hellzapoppin front view

The front end has been given the works as well, with a new handlebar fitted that sports custom grips and levers. With minimalism being a major aspect of the build, both the headlight and turn signals have been swapped out for smaller units, and an MX shield fitted to the headlight. The bulky factory meter cluster is gone, and a smaller speedo sits in it’s place. To give the front guard an ‘older style look’, it has been chromed.


With riding ability required beyond the city streets of Lisbon, the Trumpy rolls on dirt tires, while still keeping the factory spoked rims. Ton-up built up the exhaust system in house, pipe wrapping the header pipes and angling the Dunstall style silencers ever so slightly upwards to add to the off road styling of the customised machine.

triumph Hellzapoppin top view

With room for two, and ability to take this lucky couple where ever their heart desires, Ton-up Garage’s latest build incorporates sporting as well as off-roading aspects. Built by one of Europe’s leading customisers, this Triumph is the bike that love built.


  • That seat is like tuck and roll on acid!

    • Spyker May

      Phew – I thought it was only me…

      Imagine it with the MaccoMotors seat (ie the article before the last fashion ditty).

      And while at it – kindly dump the ‘mummy-wrap’ in the acid tank.

    • My comment may have been misconstrued as a negative assessment of Ton-Up’s build, however I really like this bike. Yes, it is “another Triumph street scrambler”, but it’s pretty nicely done and if I was going to build a Triumph I’d probably use this bike for a template (minus the pipe wrap of course). We get a little spoiled judging all these internet entry’s for cool bike of the week. If a bike is functional then we complain that it’s not original enough, and if the bike is an original rolling work of art then the complaints show up that the seat would be tortuous or it would never turn well. The by-product of internet custom saturation. We should ask ourselves, what would a truly original / ride-able street scrambler look like?

      • Spyker May

        Uhhhmmm – like the Ducati perhaps…

        And yes, the Duc comes std with woolly puerile facial hair and a bonehead check-shirt AND a tacky pair of cowboy boots A_N_D a blow-up supermodel A__N__D a biodegradable sleeping bag, but it sounds gorgeous (more so with open pipes) and if you could not give two boneheads what others think (or not) – it is actually a very good piece of kit.

        Note: I presented your (or is it my) flashback with a somewhat tongue in cheek retort…

        • Fred

          At least there is no sick jokes about candy vans and kidnapping children. Fred.

        • Michael Kork.

          I thought of that too about the Ducati Scrambler until I rode it for a weekend. The bike is ridiculous. The seat sucks, the bars are too hight, the engine kicks on low rpm. I went crying back to my bonneville for forgiveness.

          • Spyker May

            If you run “back to a Bonneville” then you deserve it.

            I had it only for an hour and did want to give it back – it is perfect for what it is intended to be. The throttle is crisp; and so are my riding habbits. Equally I have been riding Ducs for a decade and a half – so I speak “Italian”.

            Methinks it is only a threat to the Anglophiles…

  • Ron T. Brown

    Don’t quite understand the tires. Anywhere you would offroad two-up, trials tires would be more suitable. And, they are more attractive.

    • Jonas Vandersmissen

      exactly what I was thinking

    • Michael Kork.

      Haven’t you heard? TCK are the new Firestones

  • 2 stroke crosser on the right would be an interesting project

    • GarbanzoBean

      Rad on the forks, late 70’s Yama YZ? Noticed that too because the Trumpet looks like wallpaper…

      • have often thought about making a 490 street legal, something like this

        would be a scream

  • Motomanic

    OK I thought this too often lately, so here it goes: not sure what the point is here…beyond somebody getting to ride a nice bike. Is it just me or are we seeing a disproportionally high number of custom Triumphs that look like…well, stock Triumphs? And BMW Rwhatevers that look like…well, distinctly like Beemers (i.e. all the same)? And am I wrong or are we seeing too little dare and instinct, and not enough contemporary eye for proportion, grace and guts? Where IS the proper avant-garde customisation of motorcycles that does NOT sacrifice functionality on the altar of hipster-easy? Apart from Richard Pollock, and maybe a few others (the latter mainly coming out of Japan)? If I want to see a BMW scrambler that looks like everybody elses (maybe a bit crappier because I’m absolutely useless building myself) then I look into my garage. I come here to be blown. Away.

    • MF

      100%. I adore bolt on mod Triumphs. I own one, and have done the work myself, all of it. Which is a fine example of the little talent required to do so.
      Pretty rear loop, cool speedo and nothing else new.

  • arnold

    Again, my two cents worth.
    Leave the new Bonnie customs go.
    The ones that you’ve posted as street bikes are not very good.
    I see from other posts, that you have access to , if not ride the Bonnie.

    I am very happy with a T100, going on 8 year’s worth now and you know I like re’cycle’ing scooters into useful things.

    As usual , there are things I like and dislike.

    Thanks for the top shot of the bike, the seat is an amazing piece of work and unique. I love it, I can only wish that I had such skill and ability.

    colors, ok.

    Finally, I have some fresh spring asphalt that I would love to burn up that rear tire to put down proper rubber on that new surface.

  • Davidabl2

    I must say i’m surprised at how much negative comment this one got.
    Except for the obligatory one about the pipe wrap, of course….

    • don’t think you can say it isn’t nice but then so is beer, chocolates and flowers

      • fred

        Yeah. The boys at pipeburn are getting lazy. Too many knock offs, too much commercial stuff. Go back to your roots and work harder at finding real bikes. Next please. Fred.

    • Motomanic

      I didn’t understand those comments as relating to this one in particular. It’s more that it’s not distinguished, and in THAT it’s not commendable so much…and similar to a whole class of boring…

  • foiled again

    Three words: