What would you do if you had 8 vintage motorcycles and a Porsche stolen from your garage?
That is exactly what happened to Spanish custom builders Café Racer Dreams (CRD) last week. Located in Paracuellos de Jarama, Madrid, Spain, CRD is one of the reputed BMW custom specialists located in the area who have been turning out some stunningly beautiful creations over the last couple of years.
Unfortunately, some miscreants, supposedly qualified, broke open their lock and made away with 8 newly customized bikes that were ready for dispatch to their owners inside and outside of Spain. In addition to these stolen CRD, the thieves stole a classic Porsche 356 even.
When it comes about updating bikes, Triumph’s models are maybe the best ones to be tuned. One of the main reasons you have seen tons of them lately, and reason why we bring you another one today: a 2007 Triumph Bonneville built by the Spanish shop Café Racer Dreams.
Their package is called "Night Track" and includes a A K&N air filter, Keihin carbs, a handmade two-into-one exhaust system terminated with a Supertrapp muffler. The package continues with a mini headlight that sits in front of Renthal Ultra Low bars fitted with enduro-style switchgear. The footpegs are custom, and the shocks from Hagon.
You may think that the bike’s look might feature a minimalist style, but if you add that very cool matte black paint then you definitely the coolest Bonneville ever. Too bad the tuner decided not to improve the bike’s performance numbers in any way, but we still like their work very much.
Very often are we floored by a custom bike that takes the original model and turns it into something that’s better than what we expected. Yet that’s what 27-year-old Benjamin Blanchard was able to accomplish.
The French graphic designer took a Triumph Speed Triple bike and injected some straight up attitude into it. Already sporting a powerful 1,050cc DOHC three-cylinder, fuel injected engine, Blanchard went out of his way to re-model the bike to his liking. Carbon fiber was used on the bodywork of the bike, with incredible detail put on a lot of its parts.
The prevalent use of carbon fiber on the bike drastically reduced its weight, making it lighter and faster than any of the standard Speed Triple’s out there. The light weight of the bike, combined with its powerful engine, has turned an already impressive Speed Triple into the Impoz Speed Racer.
It takes a really impressive presence to catch our attention. Benjamin Blanchard managed to achieve that - and more.
Although it looks like a whole new British bike, this is actually LSL’s Triumph Bonneville ‘Tridays’ Limited edition café racer that the German accessories and customizing specialists have built for the three-day Triumph motorcycle reunion held in Neukirchen, Austria this year from 25-27th of June.
Starting from a 2010 Bonneville, the LSL team has painted the alloy wheels in black and brought in a Remus exhaust, YSS shocks, new instrumentation, ace bars, racer-style seat and polished alloy mudguards, just to name a few of the bike’s distinctive features.
LSL will only build twenty such units and plans on selling them for $16,445 (€12,950). The price also includes a package trip to the Tridays festival. Visit the Tridays website for more information.
The Triumph Bonneville was the subject of infinite customization projects during the past decades and it seems that there’s always found a new way of turning GB’s iconic motorcycle into a better ride. Madame Bonnie represents such a project, but it comes from Italy, where Triumph specialists Pettinari have tricked it out.
No bike can be called a Bonnie unless the parallel-twin engine is present, so the Milan-based tuners retained the stock engine, but fitted it with 39mm Keihin CR racing carbs, a high performance air filter and a free-flow exhaust. These parts allow the motor to spin easier and sound much more aggressive.
Still, the main focus was on handling, so Madame Bonnie loses its stock suspension for Showa forks and Öhlins rear shocks. Also at the rear, a boxed aluminum swingarm was added. In the end, braking performance was significantly increased by adding Street Triple twin 310 mm front discs and Nissin calipers.
Surely, this custom retains its classy look, but technically it is a step further than anything going off the production line in Hinckley, England.
Take a look at this bike and you’ll most likely have troubles recognizing it as being a Triumph Speed Triple (at least we did), much less uncover the special features that made the transformation into custom possible. The bike was customized by Austrian Triumph specialist Julian Schneider for his own use on the twisties of the Austrian Alps.
Schneider, who is actually a fan of New Zealand motorcycle racer and land speed record holder Burt Munro, has actually called his bike the Burt Munro Edition. Although it won’t set any records as it is powered by the original engine, which only got some intake modifications and a Supertrapp exhaust, this Triumph should now handle and feel much sweeter considering the great number of aftermarket parts. It features full Ohlins suspensions and a steering damper, Marchesini magnesium wheels and a Beringer brake system. Also, the LSL bars, footrests and headlight as well as the Magura brake and clutch controls together with the several other Rizoma parts contribute at turning this into a completely different ride.
Overall, the bike looks like a modern café racer and the red/black with gold stripes and rims looks just striking.
Italian customizing specialists Gallimoto have recently presented three new Triumph Bonneville specials that they’ve put together. Called Bonneville Six Days, Goldenboy and Bullitt, the English bikes with an Italian feel are pretty much the same, but oh so very different.
The Bonneville Six Days is based on the current Bonnie and stand out thanks to a khaki green paint job, black wire wheels, biturbo twin shocks and new indicators. The bike pays tribute to Steve McQueen who competed in the International Six Days Trial in 1964 on a Triumph and costs approximately $16.5K.
The Goldenboy started as a stock Bonneville SE, but now features black finished mag wheels, low fitted handlebars, an aluminum front mudguard and seat unit and megaton exhausts, but also Dunlop sportsmax-tires, sintered pads and adjustable twin shocks. Finished in red and gold, this special one also costs around $16.5K.
The Bullit gets mag wheels and Biturbo twin shocks as well as an alloy fuel cap and control levers and pressed aluminum chainguard, sprocket cover and front and rear mudguards. It is finished in silver and with a cost of approximately $16.8K it is the most expensive of them all although the difference is inconsiderable when you’re paying that much for a Bonneville.
Although these bikes don’t seem to have undergone radical customizing processes, they’re whole different stories than their standard siblings and we’re glad to see that café racer influences still catch on to the European motorcyclist today.
When you’re not satisfied with what a motorcycle company is selling to you, but you’re such a big fan and cannot head in the opposite direction, you start taking things into your own hands and out of your pockets. This is exactly what Tony Hartfield did when noticing that the Triumph Street Triple R isn’t quite the performance machine he was expecting when he bought it. So he then headed towards a new 2009 Triumph Daytona 675 (Street Triple R’s original source of inspiration) and built his own idea of a high-performance naked.
Tony retained the 126bhp Daytona 675 motor, which has around 20hp more than the Street Triple, but modified the Daytona chassis in order to fit it with Speed Triple handlebars as well as with Street Triple indicators and headlights. Other upgrades include Giles rear sets, Pazzo levers and Galfer wavey discs front and rear.
Having completed the project, Tony told MCN: "I reckon what I have is what the Triple R should have been." And he may very well be right.
US WW2 fighter, the P51 Mustang, has inspired German tuner LSL to create the Triumph Street Triple T-L675 Warbird. While we have to admit that this is what first started our interest regarding this bike, the 20 extra horsepower (a total of 115bhp), adjustable levers, GSX-R forks, Öhlins shock and Nissin brakes stand out as the proper means to back up the aggressive look, which in this case is enhanced by the new nose fairing.
This British motorcycle built by a bunch of Germans to look like an American war machine on two wheels has a paintjob that is reminiscent of the Mustang and even Bridgestone tires with a tread design based on tires of the P51’s landing gear. Overall weight is 190kg.
LSL plans to come up with a limited-edition run, which will have the 41mm Kayaba fork of the Street Triple R and cost $23,526. I wonder what the veterans think about this.
Before we say anything about this unique Triumph Bonneville, we have to mention that no, this isn’t Brad Pitt’s latest motorcycle, although it looks like something that the respective celebrity would ride with pride.
The Bonneville bobber started live as a stock British piece of engineering until ending up in the hands of Detroit-based ’bobber Dave,’ who certainly made the thing wear his fingerprint. To begin with, Dave cut several inches of the rear sub frame and brought in short travel 11” Harley-Davidson shocks to lower the thing even more (I believe he doesn’t plan to pass over many speed bumps with this gorgeous thing).
But the first thing that strikes you isn’t the small ground clearance. The custom seat, which has a vinyl cover made from full gloss metal-flake bar stool material, is this Bonnie’s piece of resistance. A side mounted number plate, ace bars and vintage red grips complete the package. I don’t know about the chrome on the mechanical parts, but I guess it lights the bike up a little bit.
The Triumph Daytona 675 was always a lonely wolf, but German company Six Monkeys did their best in coming up with a big brother for the only supersport model of the British motorcycle manufacturer. They brought in a 1050cc engine and then tuned the fuel injection system and the airbox so that they can talk big numbers such as 139bhp at 9,100rpm and 116Nm of torque at 7,600rpm.
While we’re talking about the same powerplant as found on the Triumph Tiger and Speed Triple models, this bike’s carbon fiber bodywork is entirely new and the overall shape and style does remind us of the middleweight production Daytona. Also, this custom motorcycle features Wilbers suspension components and steering damper, while the exhaust system was supplied by BOS and the tires are Dunlop Qualifier RR.
Does this look like a Triumph Daytona 675 on steroids or what? I’m not sure about the color though.
What originally started as a Triumph Bonneville TR6 ended up in the hands of the WrenchMonkees crew in Copenhagen, Denmark and was completely transformed to suit the style of one lucky customer, who ordered it.
Although this custom bike builder seems to follow no pattern when trying to get the best out of each specific bike, we did notice that – like on most of their creations – this Triumph’s engine has been completely rebuilt and it now has a Morgo 750 cc kit installed. Fed through Amal 930 carburetors, it develops a claimed 50 hp, which is enough considering that the thing has been stripped down to its bare minimum.
Also, they use their very own hardtail rear frame, fender and light, while in this case the seat, steel battery box and wiring harness add on to the exclusive look. In fact, you’ll find people saying that such motorcycles projects never get finished because they represent the ideas and work of a proud rider, but little will they know that for the right amount of money WrenchMonkees makes any rider look like a skilled motorcycle builder.
The Triumph Speed Triple Brown Racer is a special edition model made in France and which distinguishes thanks to the unique bronze color scheme and gold rims. It also features other gold parts such as the exhaust pipes, clutch and brake levers as well as handlebar ends and these do contribute at the overall customized appearance, although you don’t need to be an expert to spot that there’s nothing standard about the way that this Triumph motorcycle looks.
Some riders simply can’t deal with the fact that they can only ride their motorcycles when the weather outside allows it and that’s how we end up seeing those same riders soaked and then on the verge of pneumonia. And even those riders find alternative solutions to their commuting and/or racing needs when dealing with ice covered surfaces, but the most consistent of those few left give another meaning to “alternative solutions”.
This here is a Triumph Daytona 675 especially modified to be raced on ice tracks. While the aftermarket exhaust and the absence of the headlights is nothing out of the ordinary for any racing bike, the spiked wheels look well out of place given the type of bike. It won’t lean as much as a regular shoed version, but it does the trick.
Roger Allmond is a passionate bike builder who thinks that the standard Rocket ||| is simply not enough for the most demanding of you out there so it practically built a new, lower and shorter bike which retains only the Rocket ||| powerplant.
It doesn’t have a name yet, but with the six months that were required for its building, it definitely has background. Already commissioned by Bennets Insurance, the unique Rocket retains from the original bike the engine and fuel injection system, the wiring and the shaft final drive. It looks radical and futuristic but we reckon that its looks speak for the way it performs.
Truly beautiful, the new ZARD exhaust systems for the Triumph Street Triple are available in both versions created by Zard racing. The tuner has achieved a full kit featuring 3X1 silencers lateral side saddle in three different types of materials: steel / aluminium, steel / carbon and titanium demand.
Technical Characteristics: 40mm pipe diameters, complete stainless steel kit weight: 4.7 Kg, + 5 hp version with full kit racing.
The systems will be ready for commercializing next week, but until then I invite you to take a look at them in the photo gallery and even hear them in the two videos that I attached below. Tune up your speakers and imagine how you will feel on something that sounds like that!ZARD - Triumph Street Triple
ZARD - Triumph Street Triple DBKiller
Milan Workshop Pettinari has presented the Special Triumph 675 R Street Triple of February at the Bike Expo 2008.
In order to deliver a radically improved naked bike that would stand out at any show, Enrico Pettinari was supervised by its father, Domenico, and his brother, Charly resulting into a unique looking Triumph.
Carbon fiber is preponderant and the paint scheme is truly unique, but the pictures really speak for themselves. Enjoy!
Triumph Speed Triple owners have now the opportunity to equip their new toys with MIVV exhausts which are finally ready for providing the best of performance and sound.
MIVV wanted the new Speed Triple to feature the best exhausts so it used the best materials when it created the two differently shaped lines: Titanium or Carbon GP, and AISI 304 stainless steel X-cone.
The excellent results, which were gained during strict benches tests, prove the efficiency of these exhausts: more than 3 (...)
The exhaust system offered by MIVV for the 2007 Triumph Tiger has been recently launched and it didn’t disappoint. Being composed of an oval silencer with Stainless Steel, Titanium, or Carbon cover, and aisi 304 stainless steel conical connecting pipe to the original manifolds, the system is easy to be fitted and ready to deliver the best of performance. The conical form of connecting tubes was specially developed, in order to gain the best performances both of torque and high power.