The Triumph Bonneville T100 has proven itself one of the most versatile platforms for today’s custom builders, but few have undergone such radical transformations as this Bonneville T100 scrambler. We found a picture of the bike on Instagram with no source given, so we began an online detective hunt to find out more about the bike.
That hunt led us to French magazine Cafe Racer, where we learned that this bike was built by Triumph Saint-Lô. You can read about the bike in the original French here, with a lot more words, details, and photographs by Albin Carrière:
Here’s a little we learned from translating the French:
David, the sales manager at Triumph Saint-Lô, had been considering a T100 scrambler build for quite some time. Then a customer, Emmanuel, commissioned a build. His only requirement? The bike carry the number 13, and the bike need not be street-legal. The team was free to build the scrambler he’d been planning!
The base is a new Triumph Bonneville T100, fuel-injected and liquid-cooled. David adapted a Kawasaki Versys swingarm, mounting the unit upside down with a YSS monoshock. The bike also sports the heavy-duty inverted forks of the Versys, increasing the bike’s off-road prowess. The tank is from a Virago 535, painted by AXO Design with a metal flake finish that recalls vintage bumper cars. The wheels are by Kineo, sporting 180 rubber out back and 130 up front.
All electronics have been hidden beneath the tank. Perhaps the most striking design aspect of the build, the high-mount dual exhaust, was the work of Bob de Polux, with Zard mufflers. The footpegs are from a Triumph Tiger, giving the rider a larger platform for stand-up riding, and most of the bike’s smaller components were painted black.
Patrick of Triumph Saint-Lô, who did most of the heavy lifting, estimated a build time of 80 hours. As Albin Carrière says in his write-up (poorly translated by us)…
It’s a damn thing to go to mushrooms. Because yes, indeed, we tried it in the fields and it works very well!
(Photography by Albin Carrière.)
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