It’s tough to think of a more versatile modern platform than the Triumph Bonneville. Nick Kazakov of Podolsk, Russia, and the team at Stuntex Club decided to create a modern cafe racer out of a 2013 T100 Bonneville, opting for an array of subtle but functional enhancements instead of an over-the-top aesthetic statement.
The result is the “SX Racer,” a bike that recalls the classic British twins of old while being made to perform apace with today’s street bikes. This may look like a factory job, but the bike is far from stock. For instance, the front end has no OEM parts at all. Best of all, Nick and the team documented the whole process on video for those interested in building their own T100 cafe racer.
Below, Nick gives us the full story on the build.
T100 Bonneville Cafe Racer: In the Builder’s Words
(Words by Nick Kazakov. Highlights by us.)
SX Racer is a modern street bike based on the Triumph Bonneville T100. We tried to make high quality custom with good characteristics. The bike looks like a factory product but it’s totally unique. Also, we tried to significantly reduce the weight. We chose the most classic color scheme: black – silver – chrome.
Controls were adapted for sport position. Rear sets have offset, and we chose clipons instead of handlebar.
Front end has no OEM parts at all. We used shortened KYB adjustable fork with LSL triple tree, two caliper brake system, LSL clip-ons with CNC levers, 17’’’ wheel, led turn signals and alloy LSL headlight.
Compact Motogadget gauge is used instead of OEM one. It has all functions but weighs less.
Front wheel was built on an SR500 hub and alloy rim for two brake rotors. Rear wheel was rebuilt on an OEM hub with alloy rim for sport tire 160/60.
We removed rear fender completely, because the Russian license plate is very big and can be a fender — works fine.
As the result, bike has modern chassis but retro look. On the road it’s very attractive, because people see sport bike wheels, brakes and led optics but old style. They see «Triumph» on the tank, they think it can be purchased at local dealer (it doesn’t look like custom, it looks like factory motorcycle), but they can’t!
Hope, you like our project and understand our philosophy and main goals.
Bonneville Cafe Racer: Build Videos
- Rear Sets installation
- Fork installation
- Ignition lock removing
- Front wheel build
- Rear Wheel build
- Front brake system installing
- Optics installation
- Handlebar installation