This custom Triumph Bonneville shows us less is more
This black beauty was created by a UK based custom store called Auto Fabrica. What started out as a 2008 Triumph Bonneville bone stock has been transformed into a striking stealth jammer, shod in an all-black stealth pattern. The transformation was really done with a keen eye on every detail, and it certainly took a respectable amount of elbow grease to bring such a unique creation to life.
The 2008 Triumph Bonneville continues to be an ideal platform for customizers around the world. This is due to its simpler nature, thanks to its carburetors and the lack of sophisticated electronics. This allows builders to take it apart and put it back together easily without having to worry too much about ruining sensitive electronic components. That said, the bike’s 865cc air-cooled twin is no slouch. With 66 horsepower and 52 ft-lbs on tap, this Bonnie surely has the chops to rock.
Auto Fabrica’s custom Bonneville, nicknamed the “Type 20,” takes a dark, stealthy design approach. Construction began with a fully bespoke fuel tank that was built in-house from the ground up. The original two-seater saddle was replaced with a slimmer, more streamlined solo saddle with suede padding. To achieve that super clean look, the original subframe was cut and finished with a loop at the end. A custom, handcrafted rear fender completes the lines on the rear of the bike.
Up front, a seven-inch LED headlight keeps things classic, while custom 3D printed fork covers conceal the chrome-plated telescopic fork posts while retaining the completely blacked-out aesthetic. The cockpit, too, keeps things stylish with a range of Motogadget accessories such as the switchgear and instrument cluster. It also carries new grips, levers and a spare handlebars.
As for performance, the 865cc air-cooled parallel twin engine has been treated with foam air filters and upgraded Keihin CR carburetors. It breathes through a custom one-piece exhaust system, also finished in matte black, and certainly sounds as rad as it looks. The engine and exhaust are finished in a mix of gloss, satin and matte black finishes, creating a dynamic aesthetic despite the monochrome pattern. To stop things from happening, the bike received upgraded Beringer brake components. The suspension has also been modified with upgraded parts from Maxton Engineering.
Last but not least, the “Type 20” received metal wire spoked wheels with stainless steel spokes. A new pair of big Continental TKC 80 tires offer off-road capability, as well as a menacing and scrambler stance for this sleek machine.