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Triumph Bonneville by Deus

Triumph Bonneville
On Saturday I popped over to Deus for a coffee. As I arrived, I caught a glimpse of a Triumph Bonneville being wheeled out of the workshop and into the afternoon sunlight; I only saw it for a second, but it was long enough to make an impression. Deus have now released images of their latest custom, and yes, it’s one of their best yet.

A lot of work has gone into ‘Dave’s Bonny’—for starters, it’s been lowered a full two inches from stock. You’ll find the complete build sheet below, but the highlights include a heavily modified Kawasaki W650 tank with the fuel injection unit tucked inside, and 41mm clip-ons from Australian specialist Tingate matched to bar controls from a Triumph Trophy 955.

The fiberglass seat unit is a Deus original, along with the headlight brackets, and the swingarm has been lengthened by 2.5 inches. (The rear frame section was modified to accept the seat and shortened four inches in the process.) The engine covers have been powdercoated black, and the fuel injection bodies are coated in 2-pack gloss black. A complete re-wire—with much of that wiring hidden—completes the look.

I don’t know who Dave is, but he’s one helluva lucky guy.

Build Sheet
7-inch side mount headlight
Deus headlight brackets in alloy
Integrated indicator lights in top of headlight
Smooth top tree
Deus speedo bracket
41mm Tingate clip on bars. Handlebars converted from 1″ to 7/8″
Triumph trophy 955 handle bar controls w/ custom cables
Clip-on mirror
Relocated ignition switch, British ribbed-style grips
Front suspension lowered 2 inches
Ikon tri-rate dampers—lowered 2 inches
Alloy “H” pattern rims: 18” rear, 19” front, with stainless spokes
Firestone tires, 4.00×19 front and 4.50×18 rear
Black braided brake lines
W650 gas tank: shaved, smoothed, knee dents added, fuel injection unit inside tank, Monza race cap.
Deus fiberglass seat unit modified to suit frame
Custom seat upholstery
Round stainless stop light on custom brackets
Rear frame section modified to accept seat and shortened 4 inches
Alloy turn signals
Hidden horn and rectifier/regulator
Hidden wiring throughout and re-wiring of half the bike
Swingarm stretched 2.5 inches
Alloy sprocket
HPC coating on standard header pipes. Maddass mufflers also in HPC with polished tips
Fuel injection bodies 2pack gloss black
All engine covers in powder coat black
Custom engine sprocket cover
Norman Hyde rear set pegs
Full custom paint job by Dutchy

Triumph Bonneville custom by Deus
Triumph Bonneville custom by Deus
Triumph Bonneville custom by Deus
Triumph Bonneville custom by Deus

  • What a tremendous bike, bravo!

  • rebind

    I really like everything about this bike except for the tire choice, they just don’t look right to me.

  • steve

    Looks nice, but I’m not sure why the swingarm would need to be lengthened.

  • DnA

    Very cool. That reworked W650 tank looks perfect over the Bonnie engine. Triumph should take note.

  • robweeve

    what’s the qauge attached to the front fork ?

  • David Enfield

    robweeve , could be a road tax licence holder .

  • mack-o-matic

    fantastic work! the only b-flat for my taste is the short back that could be a little stretched, it’s quite round the way Deus made it. But I like round butts anyway…

  • moucho

    for such a great build, it’s a pity about those tyres. Anyone ever ridden something with those firestones on it? Lean to far and it wants to fall over.

  • Bob Irvine

    Beautiful finish.
    very small niggles: elongated swinging arm and stubby seat seem at odds.
    Like Rebind, i think the choice of tyre seems to be mixing styles to no great effect.
    Excellent job nonetheless.

  • moucho

    aha. Check that. Tires.

  • Tin Man 2

    I like the choice of tire on this bike, It fits the theme. Low profile tires would look like Dubs on a muscle car, Just wrong… Im glad there is at least one picture that lets you see the bike, The Artsie shots are pretty, but not very informative.

  • JP

    I thought the registration was mounted on the left side of the bike…

  • Phil

    i like the longer swingarm / shortened seat look a lot.
    i’d change the tres – they’re just too fashionable to be any use

  • AJ

    Whatever it is hanging off the front forks – it looks like a gauge, not a rego or “tax” disk. Especially since Oz doesn’t have tax disks.

    The tires are just fine and suit the bike – but they do make the whole project look very “wrench monkeys”, as do the moody grey/black photos.

    As with all Deus bikes, the real deal-breaker would be the price. Their bikes START at about Australian $16k – and that’s for a bare-bones SR400. I’m guessing something like this would be high $20k-ish. That’s hella expensive; you’d be lucky to sell the thing for half that price 24 hours after you brought it.

    Give me a new Triumph Thruxton and 10 grand change any day…

  • Dave has been chronicling the long evolution of this wonderful machine for nearly the past year at – come check out the story!

  • All technical and tyre niggles aside… That is one hot machine, and one of the best paints I’ve seen come out of the Deus stables…

  • johnny

    apart from those appalling tires,I love it! Love the colour scheme, seat and pipes..just get some decent rubber, like the retro Pirellis on Duc Sportclassics.

  • Duncan

    Just don’t ride it in the rain..

  • moucho

    It’s a custom, built by someone other than the owner. It is expensive on labor alone. The tax disk is there for looks, It is a tax disk not a gauge, been up close and have had a look.

  • johnly

    deus has been doing perfect job.. for making copy paste bike !
    their style copy whats hot in street of tokyo, garage in denmark.. and they sell it ultra high ! thanks to 2 wheels artistry hype.. i demand originality not easy money trends !!

  • Er … Johnly, the only thing that this bike has in common with those coming from a ‘garage in Denmark’ is perhaps the tires. Many, many builders use those Firestones.

    And at the moment, the biggest thing on the streets of Tokyo is the ‘peanut’ tank. Which has thankfully not caught on in Australia and will never, ever sully the pages of Bike EXIF!

  • Chris

    I’m a fan!

    @AJ – You’re a bit off on pricing mate. My Deus Stage 1 custom SR400 came in at $12k. I’ve had the bike for 2+ years now and love it more than ever. Guys at the shop are legends. Deus has become my home away from home these days.

    We’re really lucky to have something like this in Sydney.

  • Phil

    i want one …..

  • Rex Havoc

    Deus do it again, another sensational bike!

    They have captured the modern cafe look perfectly. I have a DEUS W650 cafe racer that looks similar to this but with super sticky race tires. It looks fantastic and handles brilliantly at Barbagallo raceway but I’d have no problem putting the Firestones on to hoon around the city as they’d be more than enough in that environment.

    Adventurous paint and the detailing is classy.

  • The Phantom

    One of the best yet from Deus. I’ve been visiting the shop since it opened in 2004 and they just get better and better.

    I love the long and low look, and the paint is out of this world.

    As for the people who like to whinge about Deus, none of them actually build custom bikes themselves and of the ones who in fact own a motorcycle, most own totally stock bikes with a slip-on and a CF tank protector…

  • Bonny Dave

    Hi all.

    It’s actually my motorcycle, and I appreciate all your comments. The photos do not do it justice. It has a cool long and low OLD SCHOOL racer/drag-bike stance, which just doesn’t seem to carry through to the photos.

    I have taken some photos myself, which although not great quality, IMHO give a better feel for its presence.

    I don’t know how to post them though?!?!


  • BryanRay

    About the most custom thing Deus has ever done, most of their stuff is bolt on and labelled custom with a crazy price tag for people that don’t really get what custom means. Not that interesting but cool enough, the seat is defo better than the standard Bonneville. Is it production or one off?

  • Bonny Dave

    The seat is one off, moulded to fit…

    The donor motorcycle was mine (an 08 EFI Bonneville, that I found boring, but fitted well). The swing arm, wheels, and tyres were done by me before it went up to DEUS. The rest was done by DEUS, because I felt totally unable to do it. I wanted a low old school cafe/drag look but on a bike that fitted me (I’m 6’3″ tall), and the build was heavily influenced by the Brat-style out of Japan.

    The colour design (including the side-covers) was my choice (based on a Japanese custom I’d seen), but executed fantastically by Dutchy.

  • Bonny Dave

    One of my photos, put up by the Editor and Publisher for me:

    Cheers for looking,

  • mack-o-matic

    Hey Dave, as I wrote, I think your bike is very inspiring, reminds me on the work the wrenchmonkees are doing (compliment…). I’m thinking about mounting these tires on my xs650. Can you tell something about grip, noise and “feeling” of this combination? Greez from Switzerland!

  • Only

    Beautiful work …. but such a pity it can’t be legally licensed, or ridden on the roads as is …. not in Australia anyway.

  • AJ

    @Chris – I’m quoting a face-to-face conversation with Dare on the shop floor about 18 months ago. That was his price, tho being customs I’m sure there’s ways and means to vary costs.

    Don’t get me wrong – I think what Deus are doing is fantastic and yes it is great to see this sort of thing in Sydney.


  • AJ

    @Only – I think yr wrong there. Pretty sure all the Deus bikes are road legal…

  • only

    @AJ Not this one…and not the VTwin cafe racer I just looked at. Have a look at the ADRs, ( then look at the mudguards, or rather the lack of mudguards….that alone makes this bike un-registerable in any state of Australia….as it stands in these photos.

    Then there’s the single mirror, lack of chainguard …. the sad thing is…. to make it totally legal would make it less attractive to the eye. I guess it depends whether the owner wants to ride the bike or look at it! :-)

  • I used to be a big fan of Deus, however although their is certainly a lot of time and skill devoted to this machine it would appear to be a near as dammit copy of berry bad’s awesome BSA. (
    Deus have done some amazing stuff, I just feel they’re losing their way, becoming too expensive and have lost the simple coolness that they had in spades only a few years back.

    Just my 2 cents .

  • Rex Havoc

    @ Mark Drury
    This certainly looks like the Berry Bad BSA but if the customer – Bonny Dave – hands Deus their bike and a wad of cash, I don’t see it as Deus copying another style, they are following customers orders. Bonny Dave said “The colour design (including the side-covers) was my choice (based on a Japanese custom I’d seen), but executed fantastically by Dutchy.”

    I love how Deus keep trying new things, some styles work, others don’t (the camouflage W650 was crap) but it’s all good for inspiration.

  • Tin Man 2

    Bonny Dave, Great bike, and your picture shows the detail much better. The choice of color is splendid, along with the Tires. Congrats.

  • lloydy

    beautiful bike -ugly engine.

  • seth

    this bike is great. original(so to speak) and detailed. and for all the questions about the tires i’m an average rider in NJ. i have em on my 1971 cb450. they absolutely complete the brat look of my bike. i can’t tell you how many compliments i get on them. sure, they’re a little more difficult to handle, and i haven’t and REALLY avoid riding them in the rain. they actually roll pretty well around average turns but slow turns can be tough. they’re tires and they feel like tires that are big and bulky but they ride well for all those doubters…

  • Kris

    @Chris, A little of topic here but you do really think your ‘Stage1’ SR400 is worth the 12k you paid for it? From memory a Stage 1 bike is a seat mod with a couple of other bits and pieces.. There is absolutely no doubt the Deus are responsible for some awesome bikes and inspiring alot of people in Sydney to get into cafe racers. Their design aesthetics are second to none – bikes and apparel. But I think alot of people get caught up in the hype and don’t research. For your 12k you could have bought a second hand English made Triumph Thruxton and still had about 2k left over for mods. That is a 900cc True English built cafe racer compared to a 400cc SR400 with the same mods for the same price!

  • todd

    Nice, now lets see them do an airhead or guzzi like that ‘garage in denmark’. I think the tires are cool, its unlikely that it would ever be ridden in the wet or pushed into corners like a ducati anyway.

  • blueriderdow

    gentleman,….please compare this bike with berry bads motorcycle the colours and styling looks preety seems,…:

    ahhh anjritt orang oz gek angger we ngopi tokyo deui tokyo deui,..:P

  • deniro

    fabulous custom. love the colour scheme and long low stance. the long black lower “panel” comprised of the tires, wheels, injector/carb bodies, engine, headers and exhaust ‘capped’ by the colourful tank and cowl. nicely done.
    the tires fit the look.

  • Bonny Dave

    To all who say it looks like the BB BSA, you are correct. That was my inspiration (in part) – and what a fabulous motorcycle the BB BSA is. But apart from the obvious colour inspiration, seat design, and the stance of the BB BSA, that was all (the gloss black engine casings, injector covers (faux carbies), as well as gloss black wheels are opposite to the BB BSA).

    I also took points from lots of builds and build makers – DEUS, Wrenchmonkees, Berry Bads, and the British Customs Bonnie (where I got the inspiration for the lengthened swing-arm) – and merged them together for something that would suit a 6’3.75″ guy, because in all seriousness, could you see a 6’3.75″ guy comfortably riding that BSA without looking like a “circus bear”!!! I even look like a “circus bear” on the DEUS SR400s and W650s!

    I wanted my motorcycle to look vintage, hence the tyres and long and low stance, but to be modern reliable (and electric start!!!). My overall aim was for a motorcycle with a long and low stance, a bit cafe-racer, a bit Brat-style, and a bit drag-bike, without ditching my current (donor) ride, an 08 Bonneville Black, which rode well and suited me as a bigger guy. And I love British motorcycles.

    I started the build (swing-arm, wheels, and tyres) and provided DEUS with the direction for the rest, and they executed it BEAUTIFULLY. Thanks DEUS – Shawn, Brad, and Jeremy – and thanks too to Dutchy for an awesome paint job.


  • Bonny Dave

    I just put up 3 more profile photos on Bike EXIF’s facebook page, showing its long and low stance:!/photo.php?pid=4266746&o=all&op=1&view=all&subj=51822757740&aid=-1&id=568683160


  • I like it – they’ve taken “retro” and added “class”. Looks alone would make it an A+ in my eyes and couple that to a Bonnie engine? It’s a winner all the way!

  • martyn gebbie

    WOW – what a horny bike! I’ve just been introduced to BikeEXIF and believe me, I’ll be putting down Hustler and Peaches and will be reading this instead – this is far hotter!!

    The Deus Triumph Bonneville has it all – stunning looking machine! I had an immaculate 1976 T140 Bonnie – why oh why did I ever sell it!

  • Why create an exact copy of a custom? This very bike is a contradiction! Completely pointless!

  • Nice looking bike, but why lower it when they are not over endowed with cornering clearance to begin with? Do you guys only ride on flat straight roads? Must be fairly droll motorcycling if that is so.

  • tfmouse

    Beautiful bike, excellent work.