The final stretch.

It appears that after four years and thousands of dollars, this bike will be on the road at last. The Portland summer is in full swing and while I love my little Honda, I’m getting antsy for some longer rides and road trips on the Bonneville. And my God, is she going to be sexy.

1972 Triumph Bonneville

Since the engine was completed, there hasn’t been much left to do but install the engine and finish the last of the wiring, and some other small details on the bike itself (oh, plus the paint, seats, exhaust). But since the final details are critical, I’ve enlisted the guys at TSS to finish the wiring, sort out some issues with the triple tree I couldn’t solve, and make sure the bike is absolutely perfect before we hit the streets. It’s been too long a road, I’ve worked on (almost) every last part of this machine, and I don’t think I could live with myself if I missed something important. I feel a teeny bit guilty for not doing every single last bit myself, but at the end of the day, I’ll feel a lot better knowing it’s been finished by pros.

So… I have this gorgeous aluminum tank. And I’m really excited to show it off. For daily riding, though, I’m going to keep the original tank and fenders on it. It’ll be safer, more comfortable, and I want to save the Wilcox tank for special rides and shows. I’ve gone with a color that’s going to look beautiful with the aluminum tank – and I’ll have two seats that I can swap out depending on the tank I’m riding with. Why not two bikes in one? I think this concept should work. I hope.

I’m not going to show you the paint until it’s finished – sorry! But it’s British racing green inspired, and it’s going to have some sparkle. It’s going to be so pretty. Bridge City Cycles came highly recommended and they’re working on it as we speak! Another friend of a friend is a master at upholstery and makes sweet motorcycle seats, so that will be custom, as well.

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The final big decision – original style mufflers or fabricate something amazing and custom?

Stay tuned – only a couple of weeks to go until the final product :)

 

  • Travis Henyon

    Are you going to debut it with the aluminum tank?

    • Jen

      Well, it’ll be debuted with the original. A lot more comfortable for daily riding. I’ll get the custom seat fabricated for the tank asap!!!

  • Rick

    So glad to hear it’s coming together. I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog. I have a ’79 Bonneville that I ride and work on. I think you’ll love yours when you get it on the road. Best wishes!

    • Jen

      Thanks! I’m looking forward to it. A matter of weeks now…..