Most custom stores would relish the chance to take another chance at a construct–particularly if it was one of their early attempts. So that the crew at the Maria Bikes in Lisbon must have been grinning when this Triumph Bonneville found its way back onto their seat.
The motorcycle in question is “Silly Child”: a 2006 Bonnie that belongs to a good buddy of the workshop. “It was one of our first jobs,” says Maria’s Luis Correia. “A trial bike for a lot of things we needed to experiment with.”
“Our customer is very much into the custom culture, and desired his Bonnie to be something completely distinct from everything else. Ideally, when folks look at it, they will not understand what bike it’s.”
Last time the Bonnie left Maria’s workshop, it had custom made seat, a shortened subframe and a fiberglass tank. Maria trimmed the switchgear down, and had additionally fitted new handlebars and controls –transferring the ignition and start button to the left side of the motorcycle in the method.
Turn signals and the clocks were dumped along the way also. But this time, the owner was after an even more minimalist vibe if that meant it wouldn’t strictly be street legal.
“The owner needed it to be as easy as possible regarding gear,” explains Luis, “with a front end much like a contest dirt bike.” So Maria cleaned up the front end still farther and traded the headlight for an unobtrusive LED strip.
Under the seat (where number planks had formerly been fitted) the airbox was removed as well as the battery relocated to a custom made carton. The Bonnie was kitted with a two-into-one exhaust system from Zard Maria tuned the carbs to tweak a pair of K&N filters’ operation and installed it.
To enhance managing the front suspension was stiffened and shortened –matched up to an existent set of Bitubo rear shocks. The tires are Metzeler Tourances: dual sport things using a road prejudice.