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Motorcycle Classics/Dairyland Cycle Insurance Bonneville Build is Almost Done

Bonneville Build Front edited

Almost done: The Motorcycle Classics/Dairyland Cycle Insurance Bonneville Build just needs a few more details to finish.

For the past few months we’ve been working on our latest project with partner Dairyland Cycle Insurance, taking a brand new, 2010 Triumph Bonneville and transforming it from what’s already an oh-so-nice retro classic into something with just a little more attitude and style; a new Triumph retro bobber. We’re getting close to finishing the bike, but while you’re waiting we thought we’d share a pic or two to give you a glimpse of what our new retro bobber’s going to look like.

The basic build is complete, now we’re just waiting for a few more bits and pieces to come together so we can finish the job. Major items still to come include the custom solo saddle, tail light/license plate assembly and a few other odds and ends.

Bonneville Build Side Cover

Travis crafted this nice Dairyland Cycle Insurance custom script for the side covers on our bobber Bonneville ... 

Bonneville Build Front Fender

as well as this nice "Motorcycle Classics Custom" script 

The beautiful paint you see here was applied by Travis Charbonneau at TC Concepts, and it’s pretty damn stunning. Besides laying down the body yellow and two shades of black (gloss and a flat black pin stripe), Travis also worked up the “Motorcycle Classics Custom” script on the front fender and the custom “Dairyland Cycle Insurance” logo on the side covers.

Bonneville Build pipes

We're thinking our Bonneville's going to sound just a little bit different with the custom pipes we've installed from D&D Performance Exhaust. That'd be the D&D pipe on the right and the stock unit on the left. 

We’ve tried to keep this project within the scope of the average weekend warrior, and so far we’ve kept true to that goal, with only the relocation of the gas tank filler and the custom seat pan, which we should have in our hands by the end of this week, requiring custom fabrication. You’ll be able to find more product and build details in the July/August issue of Motorcycle Classics, and we’ll run a follow up with full photos of the finished bike in the September/August issue.

Bonneville Build gas tank

Gas cap on our Triumph has been moved to the center of the tank.  

Can’t wait ‘till then to see the finished bike? Join us this coming weekend at the 19th Annual Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts Rally and Show in Kansas City June 6, or next weekend, June 11-13, at the inaugural Road America Vintage Motorcycle Classic. We’ll have our Triumph at both shows, and don’t forget, you can sign up now for a chance to take this bike home, because once we’re done we’re giving it away. We’ll choose the winner during the 6th Annual Barber Vintage Festival October 8-10, so scoot on over to our Bonneville Build Sweepstakes page and sign up now! And good luck! — Richard Backus

scott c. lees
7/10/2010 9:26:12 AM

I too was worried when they said "Bobber Project," and the first looks didn't make me feel much better. But, WOW, this is a really nice job, I'm looking forward to seeing it in person at Barber (when it's not so hot out). If it ends up in my garage well that's the proverbial icing on the cake, ain't it!!!

bob hadden
7/10/2010 9:03:10 AM

Nicely done! I don't have a very long reach so could you put 2" risers on the bars. I want it really comfortable as I ride some of the best roads in the world here in NE Wyoming...

7/10/2010 8:41:25 AM

When they said bobber, I didn't know where this was going but I'm liking the result. Would it be totally off to add an old style quarter fairing?

b reed_1
7/9/2010 10:46:41 PM

It's hard to go wrong customizing when you start with such a great template, but it looks like some really solid choices were made along the way. I'm adding and subtracting bits on an '05 T100 myself and really enjoying the transformation. Looking forward to riding down from Nashville to the Barber come fall to check out your finished bobber, or, uh, to maybe ride it home? Oh, by the way, Motorcycle Classics is by far my favorite magazine. You folks spread the love evenly from the priceless museum pieces down to the gutbucket specials; nice job.

richard backus
6/4/2010 8:40:32 AM

In response to Brian's question about Mid-Ohio, no, unfortunately not, we're not going to be able to make Mid-Ohio this year. We're planning on taking it with us to Utah for the Bonneville Vintage GP September 3-5, and of course to Barber in October. There's been talk of Triumph showing it off at a couple of events, I'll let folks know if that's going to happen. Richard/Motorcycle Classics

6/4/2010 2:17:09 AM

Interesting use of paint and bolt on accessories. I'm not sure why anyone would want to "center" a gas cap that is perfectly leveled when the bike is on the side stand and being filled up, but I guess in this case function follows form. Looks like it's going to be a cool bike when finished. It's hard to go wrong with the new Bonneville.

6/3/2010 8:45:21 PM

I hereby claim this bike!! I have used magic to ensure this! I owned a "71 Bonneville and this one brings back fond memories. I don't particularly like bobbers but any retro bike is great

6/3/2010 3:43:01 PM

Are you not going to show it off at the Mid-Ohio Vintage Motorcycle Days ?

dale&bonnie vancleef
6/3/2010 12:14:56 PM

WOW! That looks fantastic. I sure hope I win it!!