Urban Rider Triumph Bonnie
By Anthony van Someren - 09 Apr 14
Our good friends over at Urban Rider have been back at the workbench again, distracting themselves from their daily retail business by doing what they really love, meddling with motorcycles. They established themselves last year with some cool but practical Japanese street scramblers, but this time around they've plumped for something with a little more street presence, a Triumph Bonneville. All they needed to do was take the same approach as before, using slightly bigger spanners, and find the right donor... "With the popularity of our CL400 Street Scramblers we decided to apply the same process to a twin. A few customers had requested more power for out of town riding and an electric start so the end objective was to 'urbanise' a carbed Bonneville." Will is the driving force behind the Urban Rider builds, and he has a clear idea about what works for their customers. "Simple lines, less is more, and balanced aesthetics are at the core of our work." "Len and I had fun researching parts for the Bonneville because there is so much out there, then modifying the parts to suit our needs is the art. Early on in the process an existing customer saw the bike and decided then and there it was for him." Builds like this are what we might typicaly describe as being 'simple and honest'. Start with a great donor that already has the raw ingredients for what you want, and then swap out the key components for top-shelf parts, and modify whatever needs doing for the customer's day to day needs. "The bike has a single and dual seat that can be swapped out, Stage 1 dyno kit, custom exhaust system, piggy back shocks, Motogaget speedo, Biltwell bars and the new Thruster grips. MX footpegs are a signature for our bikes." For those of you based in London, you might just see this bike weaving its way through the rush-hour traffic, so feel free to say Hi to proud new owner, Matt. Meanwhile you can see more bikes from Urban Rider here on The Bike Shed, or better still, visit them at the shop and also bear them in mind when you're buying gear online. Thanks to Will & Andrew for sharing the build and to top two-wheeled snapper, Gary Margerum for the photos.