UPDATE: Triumph designers let off the leash

Michael Mann - Web Editor, Bike Social
By Michael Mann
MannOnABike Web editor of Bike Social. Been riding bikes since he was four-years-old. Fast and smooth road rider, just about hangs on in a track day quick group.

Two teams, one Bonneville each and six months to create the ultimate custom version of the iconic Triumph.

On the Hinckley-based firms stand at the Milan Motorcycle Show this week there stood two eye-catching models which were creating somewhat more of a buzz than the latest Tiger or Rocket X. We ran a story earlier this week which involved mainly guess work from what we'd seen at the show but since then Triumph have released their official information and a video.

Two in-house design teams volunteered themselves to create one Bobber and one Scrambler to celebrate the Bonneville with the resulting bikes going head-to-head in a public vote before the winner is announced at Motorcycle Live at the NEC on 26th November.

Team 1: BOBBER

In-house custom-built Bobber based on a Bonneville

Attention to detail: twin pipes and solo seat Two-part fuel tank and single seat unit

Highlights include a twin tubular hard-tail frame with a single-sided rear end. Twin Fox Factory shocks with remote handlebar adjustment and a reverse cylinder engine. Redesigned girder forks, four pot calliper brakes and wire wheels, twin flowing exhausts over the rear mud guard plus traditional solo seat unit complete with a Fox shock absorber and linkage. 

Modern electronics have been housed in a two-part fuel tank. One part houses...you've guessed it, fuel, as well as a fuel injection pump while the likes of the keyless ignition, start and kill switches and speedo.

Team 2: SCRAMBLER

In-house custom-build Bobber based on the Bonneville

Lighter in weight and more powerful were the two key focuses for Team Scrambler which eventually ended up as an off-road focused bike with its longer travel suspension. The Bonneville's steel frame was replaced with an aluminium version with a titanium sub-frame. The swing arm is based on the Speed Triple although inverted which in turn created the need for the Nitron Racing Systems mono-shock. They also provided the bespoke set of front forks.

Carbon tank with Union Flag  Nitron Racing monoshock

A full carbon fuel tank, a 25% increase in power over the donor bike thanks to a number of engine modifications and a set of 17" Kineo wheels have resulted in one very smart, and probably our favourite, custom. Of course, you could always pop a set of super-sticky slicks on and you have an instant super moto bike!

Here's the offical video:

Vote for your favourite via Triumph's Official website. The results will be decalred at Motorcycle Live

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