The original Triumph Bonneville and its predecessors were some of the most popular scramblers and desert sleds in the California desert racing heyday, ridden and raced by the likes of Steve McQueen, Bud Ekins, and many On Any Sunday luminaries. The motor was also a popular choice to power purpose-built race frames like the Rickman Metisse.
In 2001, the third-generation Triumph Bonneville was introduced, produced in the Hinckley factory. Available as a carbureted model for several years before the switch to fuel-injection, these modern parallel-twin machines continue to serve as a popular donors for scrambler builds.
Below you’ll find some of the Bonneville Scramblers we’ve featured here on BikeBound.
Sunrise Bonneville: Triumph T100 Roadster-The sun rises on FCR Original’s Triumph T100… In 2012, engineers Mathieu Ménard and Sébastien Guillemot founded French workshop FCR Original, quickly demonstrating their skills with victories in the French Dragster National Championships. In 2017, […]
Bud Ekins Desert Sled by Ace Classics-Ace Classics builds a faithful replica of Bud Ekins’s desert sled… James Sherwin “Bud” Ekins was an accomplished motocross, desert, and enduro racer from Southern California who would become one of Hollywood’s most famous stuntmen, […]
Strictly Business: ’67 Triumph Bonneville Scrambler-Not a Desert Sled: Street-legal vintage Triumph motocrosser! In 1963, the Triumph T120 Bonneville received an all-new 650cc unit-construction engine — it was lighter, stronger, easier to build/maintain, and remains one of motorcycling history’s best-looking […]
McQueen Machine: Triumph 865 by Absolut Motorcraft-Built for exploring the hidden paths, coves, and beaches of Ibiza… In the climactic scene of 1963’s WWII epic, The Great Escape, USAAF Virgil Hilts, played by none other than Steve McQueen, guns his stolen […]
Burly Bonnie: Triumph Bonneville “Laia” by Tamarit Motorcycles-The Triumph “New Bonneville” has proven to be one of the most versatile contemporary platforms for customization. The straight-twin roadster competes directly with the 883 Sportster: “The Triumph Bonneville is unquestionably the better motorcycle. The […]
Racer-Built: Triumph T140 Scrambler-A Triumph triple racer builds himself a scrambler… Introduced in the early 1970s, the Triumph T140 Bonneville was the 750cc evolution of the 650cc T120, featuring an oil-in-frame design, 360-degree parallel twin, gear-driven cams, twin […]
Custom Triumph Scrambler 900 by BAAK Motocyclettes-Built for riding through the Bourgogne vineyards! The Triumph Scrambler, introduced in 2006, was inspired by the original TR6C (Competition) Trophy — a factory-direct scrambler designed for US desert racers. Based on the Bonneville, the […]
Triumph Bonneville Scrambler by Gasoline Motor Co.- The Triumph Bonneville has quickly become a steed of choice for the modern retro crowd — a bike that manages to capture the classic, two-wheeled British style in a contemporary form. The bike is […]
Triumph T100 Scrambler by Purpose Built Moto-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 […]