One of the perks of running a custom motorcycle website like ‘Return of the Café Racers’ is being invited to special events in the motorcycle industry. Back in 2016, I had the privilege of flying to London to attend the official launch of Triumph’s new Bonneville range. It had been 15 years since there had been any significant changes to the Bonneville lineup and the new bikes, namely the T120, the Street Twin and the Thruxton R were well worth the wait.
During the week I spent with the Aussie Triumph crew in London we started kicking around the idea of doing a custom build based on the new T120. Unfortunately, due to the amount of upcoming work they had (thanks to the release of the new bikes), the idea was shelved, but I couldn’t forget about it. So I started looking at how we could make it happen and most importantly, figure out exactly what it was that we would build.