Italian company Free Spirits has made a name for itself primarily for its work within the Harley-Davidson world, most notably because of some accessories, special bits and customizations of the sporty XR1200. Free Spirits is also the Italian distributor for Dutch brand Motorcycle Storehouse, and on the top of all that they also manufacture some other special part. At the recent 2013 Motor Bike Expo in Verona they showed up with their usual lot of H-D-based creations, but making a surprise appearance there were also a few Triumph-derived special bikes, including the one we are about to introduce right now.
The pictured model in fact is Free Spirits’ own racing interpretation of the usually quiet Bonneville, re-dubbed T12.2 Evo, which showcases many accessories for the Triumph range picked from the catalogue of its creator. Arguably, the most remarkable feature is the belt final drive conversion kit, which required the replacement of the swingarm with a new one that is linked to a pair of adjustable Bitubo shock absorbers.
And yet, given the amount of radical changes - all of which are reversible - that’s probably not the first thing that catches the eye. From the aesthetic point of view, the fiberglass fairings at both ends - blatantly inspired by the racers of the 60s - drastically change the looks of the Bonnie, but its proud British heritage is preserved by the patriotic Union Jack-inspired paint scheme, with some black instead of the blue. Please note that Lion on the sides of the tank is based on that of Piazza San Marco in Venice, a tribute to the home town of the Free Spirits guys.
This Triumph Bonneville dubbed Essentia (essence in Greek and literally ‘the what it was to be’) is another stunning creation by Luca and Fabio Pozzato of Officine GP Design who’ve already shown the world their capabilities of turning production motorcycles into works of art, like their Pathos, based on a 2012 MV Brutale 1090R.
The Essentia is part of Officine GP Design’s program called “ONLY FOR YOU” and while men are usually the ones who want customized bikes, this creation was done for a woman named Stefania.
The Pozzato brothers used a number materials included steel, wood, aluminium alloy, bronze and leather to lovingly handcraft and transform this Bonneville into the Essentia, which took six months to bring to life.
Some of the modifications that went into this creation: Kineo rims, Brembo floating disc brakes, HD springer fork, Rizoma accessories (caps, pegs and handles), a RK chain, a comfortable low ride brown suede leather saddle, fuel cap Monza model, an old style tail light, the rear fender is made in sheet metal and covered with rosewood crafed by a master cabinet maker and the paint job is glossy and multilayered to give off a riply turtle effect and the “OFFICINE GP DESIGN” logo on the tank sides is brass billet that has been processed and aged.
Triumph Motorcycles has gifted a limited edition Diamond Jubilee Bonneville to The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust as a token of appreciation for the 60 years of the reign of Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Triumph’s chairman himself, Lord Digby Jones, took charge of the delivery which was collected by the President of the association, former UK Prime Minister Sir John Major. The Bonneville Diamond Jubilee is a limited edition of the popular Triumph model which was produced in only 60 units - on for every year - and sports a unique livery painted in silver with Union Jack-inspired graphics and the coats of arms of the Jubille, as well as a chrome chain guard chrome and a numbered plaque on the handlebar. The engine is the well-known and reliable 865 cc twin cylinder air-cooled of the British house, delivering 68 hp.
The model will now be auctioned with the proceeds that will be used for projects related to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee involved in care and treatment for the sick and to promote the education of young people within the Commonwealth. The 60 bikes have created by the Staffordshire Triumph dealer in collaboration with Farrout Paintwork - that came up with the graphics for the tank - and with the approval of the manufacturer.
Triumph is not new to such initiatives, given that they’ve released special commemorative models related to the Royal Family since 1959. Definitely worth mentioning is the 1977 Bonneville Silver Jubilee, which was created to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the the Queen’s kingdom. That bike was based on the Bonneville 750 and customized in a similar way, with red, white and blue trim on a silver base.
It would take a pretty well-trained eye to recognize a Triumph Bonneville in the special bike we are about to present today, but that’s basically what it is, though the work performed on it by Italian specialist Centro Moto Lodi makes it look like something completely different. Well, you got a cool video here to see what happened.
The classic Twin from the Hinckley-based manufacurer has been transformed into a wicked cafe racer with a very scenic impact thanks to the tasteful contrast of its silver brushed aluminum parts and the black - polished or matte - of its engine and chassis. This awesome machine has been recently showcased at the Tridays Rally of Neukirchen, Austria, and is the brainchild of Italian Mattia Foroni, from the Department of Special Customizations at CML Classic, based in the Italian town of Lodi.
Engine and chassis haven’t been modified, but some extra oomph comes from a new exhaust, namely a 2-into-1 system courtesy of Zard Cross, which has been painted in black, while the orange-painted engine head also makes for a nice touch. The bike has also been given a set of 17″ rims fitted with 120/70 and 150/60 Michelin Power One performance tyres, handlebars by LLS with levers by Joker, bar-end mirrors by Rizoma, blackened head lamp by Bates, LED tail light by Waltermoto and digital instrumentation provided by Mini Sweepers. Throw in an orange chain and you got it: cool enough for you?
via | CML
This new Triumph Bonneville café racer comes from German custom parts and accessories specialists, LSL. Called the Bonneville ‘Tridays’ limited edition, it’s based on the 2010 Bonneville model with alloy wheels, a Remus exhaust, YSS shock absorbers, racing seat and alloy mudguards.
The Bonneville café racer has been custom built to celebrate the Tridays Triumph motorcycle festival held every year in Neukirchen, Austria. This year the event will take place from June 25-27, although if you’re planning on going, you’ll have to look for ‘Newchurch’ instead, as the town changes its name to the English version during the event.
LSL will build 20 units of the Bonneville Tridays at a cost of about 12,950 euros. You get a package trip to Tridays as part of the purchase. For more information, see the LSL website, or go to Tridays.com.
Source | MCN
Here’s another Triumph cafe racer special, this time in the form of a Bonneville cafe racer from Fabio in Italy. It’s unusual to see this kind of bike in Italy, as the Italians generally go for scooters or sports bikes and nothing in between. In fact, our colleagues are saying it could be an age thing or the desire to have a bike that’s different to all the others on the roads, but these kind of Triumph cafe racers are becoming more appealing (although this one is perhaps a little less refined than other examples we’ve seen).
Source | Motoblog.it
These pics come from Ralph in London and show his 2003 Bonneville Streetracker built by Mule motorcycles in San Diego. The bike is equipped with a 904cc engine, 595 forks and a handmade alloy fuel tank holding just seven litres of fuel. It also has 19-inch dirt track wheels and recently won the Triumph of the Year at the Ace Cafe.
Check out the Mule Motorcycles website for more information on Richard Pollock’s bikes and some lovely photos, too. Thanks for the pics, Ralph! Send your funny, bizarre or surprising pics to us and we’ll post them, with your name. We’d love to share what you guys find in the world of motorcycling! Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two brands, Triumph and TAG Heuer have teamed up to create this special Bonneville Heuer motorcyle.
It’s distinctive blue and orange livery on the Bonneville was inspired by the Gulf Porsche 917 driven by the one and only, King of Cool, Steve McQueen in the 1971 movie Le Mans, which in turn inspired TAG Heuer’s 40th anniversary Monaco watch.
This special Bonneville Heuer was presented in Paris, in the presence of Lewis Hamilton, 2008 Formula One World Champion and other TAG Heuer testimonials.
Source | moto.it
A very impressive promotional video by Triumph that will probably appeal even to people who don’t ride motorcycles. It’s mix between a bike and sports ad with some good old movie clips thrown in.
Marlon Brand in The Wild One on his own personal Triumph Thunderbird, Richard Gere on a Triumph Bonneville in An Officer and A Gentleman, Steve McQueen in the Great Escape, Patrick Swayze in Point Break, Lenny Kravitz and some winning sports stars and Coldplay’s Viva la Vida used as soundtrack.