Pick a word to describe the stock Triumph Bonneville T100, and we’d say ‘elegant.’ It’s a throwback to 1960s style, right down to the peashooter exhausts and two-tone paint.
‘Elegant’ is not the word to describe this new build from Down & Out Café Racers though. ‘Brutal’ is closer to the mark, or perhaps ‘aggressive.’ This is not a motorcycle for shrinking violets.
The stance is belligerent, helped by the chunky Continental Twinduro TKC80 rubber—one of the few dual sport tires that perform well on pavement.
There’s no way that sort of rubber would normally fit between the forks of a standard T100. But builders Shaun and Carl have neatly solved that problem, by installing Honda CBR1000RR (Fireblade) forks and a set of custom triple trees.
The trees are a mighty 246mm wide, and were developed with the help of specialist Fastec Racing.
Holding up the rear are a pair of Fox shocks and the wheels are beefy 5.00×17 alloys, powder coated black.
The front rim is attached via a custom hub, with twin high-performance wavy brake discs. All-weather riders will approve of the new alloy fenders front and back.
The engine internals are unchanged, but there’s a new free-flowing stainless exhaust system topped off with stubby end cans from Competition Werkes.
D&O’s rear loop conversion houses a short seat, wrapped in quilted burgundy leather.
It’s the only splash of color on this otherwise monochrome machine, with silver and black paint expertly shot by Pro Kustom.
Shaun and Carl manufacture lots of quality parts for Triumphs (and BMWs), but they also know when to call in outsiders.
So we have bars, risers, a master cylinder and an ignition relocation kit from LSL in Germany.
The classy side panels are from Germany too (JVB-Moto), but the English supplier Motone has also helped out—with a smattering of dress-up and performance parts, including aluminum air intakes and blacked-out finned tops for the ‘carbs.’
Motone have also provided the micro switches on the bars, which are hooked up to a custom wiring loom.
If you want to toughen up your own T100, Down & Out make a kit that’ll get you started. And if you’re within riding distance of South Yorkshire in England, they can also fit it to your bike.
You just need to make sure you’ve got the attitude to carry it off…