The modern Triumph T100 Bonneville — aka the “New Bonneville” — introduced in 2001, quickly earned respect in the roadster market. The (then) carbureted and air-cooled parallel twin recalled the British twins of yesteryear, with solid punch and growl, while the modern retro styling brought the Triumph brand into the new century. Said one reviewer:
“I fancied trying a Sportster, but this is more fun, has heritage, and is British.”
Enter one of our favorite builders, Unik Edition Custom Motorcycles of Portugal — a workshop we had the pleasure of visiting last year. Founded by Luís Costa and Tiago Gonçalves in 2016, the shop has gone pro, opening a new garage, bike dealership, and moto accessory shop in the Moscavide neighborhood of Lisbon.
In the case of this build, the customer knew exactly what he wanted and eventually became part of the creative team:
“We were always very aligned with the customer, with good taste, who in the end wanted a unik bike, with better performance but maintaining the elegance of the Triumph Bonneville.”
The result has been dubbed “Hard Brexit” — a 2006 Triumph Bonneville “European bobber” that strikes a perfect balance between heritage, modernity, and “unik-ness.” Below, we get the full story on the build.
“Hard Brexit” Triumph Bonneville: Builder Interview
• What’s the make, model, and year of the bike?
Triumph Bonneville 2006.
• Why was this bike built?
• What was the design concept and what influenced the build?
There are two types of clients, those who have no idea what they want, give some clues and leave and give full creative edge; and others who know perfectly what they want, eventually becoming part of the creative team.
This customer knew perfectly what he wanted and had already bought some parts on the date of the beginning. It was a different build than we are used to, but it went very well. We were always very aligned with the customer, with good taste, who in the end wanted a unik bike, with better performance but maintaining the elegance of the Triumph Bonneville.
• What custom work was done to the bike?
- CR carbs
- Adapted British Customs exhaust
- Ohlins suspension
- Custom wheels with firestone 500-16″ tires
- All new electronic system, with m-unit central unit and motone buttons
- Complete front beringer brakes system
- Custom paint
- Custom seat
- Custom Bi-xenon headlight
- Wider front
- Custom aluminium fenders and brackets
• Does the bike have a nickname?
• How would you classify this bike?
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Credits to photographer
Nelson Oliveira of @no.photo.on.two.wheels