Here’s the most exciting new motorcycle concept we’ve seen in a while—and it doesn’t come from an in-house design studio. It’s the work of two young English designers, Roy Norton and Tom Kasher, in a collaboration with Triumph Motorcycles and Barbour Outdoor Clothing. The base platform is the Triumph Bonneville, heavily restyled and fitted with girder forks.
- Belt transmission kit for Triumph Bonneville, Thruxton and Scrambler models
- Belt transmission primarily made to reduce “loss of power” between transmission box andrear wheel, over to eliminate completely maintenance (not cleaning, notgreasing, necessary on chain transmission). Fits all Triumph modern classic.
- Ratio equal to the original
- 65 teeth Alloy Rear pulley
- 29 teeth Alloy front pinion with “tempersteel insert”
- 130 teeth belt
It’s a 2007-model bike, the year when the Bonneville was given a capacity boost to 865cc and the engine was finished in black. CRD’s upgrades to this bike are relatively few, but they’ve given it a whole new stance and a strong retro feel.
Jimmy explains their thought process with the look, “I was planning on doing those black Biltwell Tracker bars, and she was in love with the Natural Gum grips, so oddly enough, those became a design focal point. That sounds weird, but the grips led us to other decisions with a contrasting warm palette.”
“We had also seen a 1965 T120R that had a similar paint scheme and two-tone design. It’s not a vintage bike though and we didn’t want anyone to think we were fooling them, so we shifted the hue a bit, and tried to balance the color saturation.” Through this Jimmy had in the back of his mind a robin-egg-blue seen on Mini Coopers for use on the tank.
Most Triumph customs tend to be firmly rooted in the past, being retro throwbacks with varying degrees of success. So it’s good to see a builder capture the sporting spirit of Triumph in a thoroughly contemporary way. ‘Weslake’ is based on a T509-spec Speed Triple (108 hp, aluminum frame, twin headlamps) and was built by Olivi Motori, a Triumph dealer from Florence in Italy. It won the ‘Best Naked’ category in last year’s Verona motorcycle expo. Most of the custom components are from Triumph’s own parts bin, including the beautifully balanced tail section—a modified Thruxton item—and the back wheel, which is from a Speed Triple 1050.