Tom Gilroy of Purpose Built Moto started his business in 2015 to design, build, and sell parts for custom bikes. Previously we featured his Suzuki GN250 scrambler. Now the man is back with another bike built to rip around the backroads of Australia’s Gold Coast.
This build — a collaboration Purpose Built Moto and Night Craft Bobbers — is a 2007 Triumph Bonneville T100 scrambler/desert sled, built to be a head-turner on the street and also capable of venturing off-road. We love the ultra-thick custom seat, reminiscent of the desert sled seats of old, and the retro striping on the tank.
Below, we get the full story on this build.
Triumph T100 Desert Sled/Scrambler: Builder Interview
• Please tell us a bit about yourself, your history with motorcycles, and your workshop.
- Purpose Built Moto: a Parts Manufacturer (LED Lights, Headlights, CNC triple clamps, Stainless steel mufflers) and Customs Garage, Gold Coast Australia.
- Night Craft Bobbers: LAMS-approved Bobber dealer, Gold Coast Australia.
• What’s the make, model, and year of the bike?
2007 Triumph Bonneville T100
• Why was this bike built?
The Bike was a collaboration between Myself and Night Craft Bobbers, a local bobber dealership. New ground for both shops, but I had a clear vision of what I wanted from the start. The Triumph Scrambler is no stranger to being customized. As with every bike the comes out of my garage, I wanted it to be a little different, and above all functional.
• What was the design concept and what influenced the build?
I was given some general guidance on the build. Basically they wanted a bad ass looking scrambler. For my part I always work to a few key points, I wanted:
- A comfortable head turning ride on the street
- A capable and fun bike off road
- Something stylish enough to do both of those things an look good
• What custom work was done to the bike?
The subframe was shortened and some minimal LED lights added to the rear. Custom seat built a lot thicker than standard. It gives the bike a vintage motocrosser feel and sits you up nice and high over the bars.
The finishing touches were the front guard being trimmed down and the tank re-sprayed in a Matte Black/gloss black with Gold detail. I had to paint the badges by hand with a fine paint brush. A difficult task with my shaky hands!
The headlight on this bike is a brand new prototype for my product range, being tested for release soon.
• How would you classify this bike?
• Was there anything done during this build that you are particularly proud of?
The bike was completed in just 4 weeks, due to Night crafts timeline I had to get creative and try to use and modify as many existing parts as I could, saving time and cost on the overall build. Something I’m not normally used to as I hand-make a lot of my parts normally.
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