Going pro… It’s the dream of custom bike builders the world over. For Portugal’s Unik Edition Custom Motorcycles, the time has come. Founders Luís Costa and Tiago Gonçalves embarked on their first build back in 2016. When we featured their BMW R45 “Vulpini” in early 2017, we foresaw their build queue growing — only a matter of time before they would be building “Unik” custom bikes full-time.
Fast forward to 2018, and the shop has gone pro, opening the doors of a new garage, dealership, and lifestyle store. “Leonor,” the Triumph T100 Bonneville you see here, is their second project as pro-builders. Their first pro build — “Pandora” — was as bold as they come, with striking color scheme and a wooden tail. In contrast, “Leonor” is a dark and subtle European bobber, which demonstrates the workshop’s range and penchant for detail.
Below, we get the full story on this shorter, lower, meaner Bonneville.
Custom Triumph T100 Bobber: Builder Interview
• Please tell us a bit about yourself, your history with motorcycles, and your workshop.
After 2 years and 6 successful builds, 2018 marks the beginning of a new era! Pros!
New garage, bike dealer, and a lifestyle store.
This was our second project has a pro-builder. Lots of subtle changes — at first glance you will not spot the changes.
Very good quality of materials, beautiful paint job, exotic and amazing sound! The recipe for success!
• What’s the make, model, and year of the bike?
Triumph Bonneville T100 2014.
• Why was this bike built?
A client came to us with a idea of a custom Bonneville. We designed ourselves the project. We love this configuration very much, so when we saw that the client felt the same, we did not spend any time.
• What was the design concept and what influenced the build?
A shorter, lower and mean version of a Bonneville.
• What custom work was done to the bike?
– Belt instead of chain
– Custom exhaust
– New front
– Wider front
– Shorter front
– Shorter rear
– 5.00-16 Firestone tyres
– Custom mudguards
– Custom sub-frame
– K&N conical filter with power unit
– Motogadget m-unit & m-lock
– Complete new electric system
– 2 custom Hedon Helmets
• How would you classify this bike?
• Was there anything done during this build that you are particularly proud of?
The exhaust made from our friend Ivo (Tig Power) that was designed for us.