Last year, we had the pleasure of road-tripping across Portugal — a nation where custom motorcycle culture is truly taking flight. Given the stunning riding roads along the coast and in the hills, it’s no surprise that Portuguese riders are building bikes whose aesthetics resonate with the raw beauty of their country itself. Workshops big and small are spread across Portugal, from Unik Edition Custom Motorcycles in Lisbon, Ton up Garage in the northern city of Porto, Rock Solid Motorcycles in the country’s central province, and many more.
In the south, in the city of Faro on the stunning Algarve coast, it’s Rusty Wrench Motorcycles, who have a store open to the public, selling clothes and accessories for two-wheel aficionados, as well as a custom garage. Earlier this year, we featured the shop’s “Blue Moon” BMW K100 cafe racer — one of the most stunning “Flying Bricks” we’ve ever seen. Now headman Francisco is back with something more subtle, but no less elegant: a stripped-down, streamlined 2009 Triumph Bonneville brat build.
While it’s not as highly customized as some of his previous builds, there’s an art and elegance to the minimalist approach, achieving the greatest impact with the least force. Reminds us of a vintage British sports car on two wheels — especially that British racing green! Below, we get the details on this Bonnie brat.
Brat Style Triumph Bonneville: Builder Interview
• Please tell us a bit about yourself, your history with motorcycles, and your workshop.
My name is Francisco and motorcycles were always a big passion in my life. I do custom motorcycles since 2015 and created the brand Rusty Wrench Motorcycles with an open store to the public in 2017, with accessories and clothes for two wheels lovers in Faro, Portugal.
• What’s the make, model, and year of the bike?
Triumph Bonneville of 2009.
• Why was this bike built?
It was a customer project.
• What was the design concept and what influenced the build?
We wanted a classic style with a sporty and aggressive look.
• What custom work was done to the bike?
- Handmade turn signal front and rear support
- Handmade headlight support
- Handmade speedometer support
- Handmade seat
- Handmade license plate support
It was also customized with:
- New exhausts
- Moto Gadget speedometer
- Moto Gadget M-lock digital ignition
- Moto Gadget turn signals
- Foot pegs controls
- Biltwell grips
- Classic tires
• How would you classify this bike?
• Was there anything done during this build that you are particularly proud of?
I am very proud of the final result in general.
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