Analog’s Triumph Bonneville Cafe Racer Is Retro Styling With A Modern Touch
Custom builds that are made of Triumph’s modern classic, the Bonneville is nothing new. They are literally keep popping up all over the place, so many in fact that we had to make a mid-2016 list of the best ones already to followup to our best 2015 Triumph Bonneville custom builds. The Triumph Bonneville is a machine that offers limitless possibilities for customisation where one can choose between a lightly custom motorcycle or a full blown one where everything from the body parts to the chassis has been altered. Then there are also companies like British Custom who have their own ready-to-go kits for the Bonnie that can be simply purchased off the shelf and slapped on to the stock bike to create a personalised custom motorcycle. That said, there is a certain charm and sense of bespoke custom motorcycle building when a builder takes on the challenge to step things up a notch to create a truly unique build. For such a customisation, the builder might have to take cues from other motorcycles, brainstorm on what parts fit the best and what would be the ultimate package that would appeal to the person who commissioned the build. Chigago-based custom workshop Analog Motorcycles has taken in all these considerations to create something truly unique here with a 2005 Triumph Bonneville cafe racer that they call “El Matador 2.0”.
Tony Prust, the man behind Analog Motorcycles has a simple three-step ideology when he is designing motorcycles. “Lighten it up, clean it up, and fire it up” are the three standpoint that all his builds abide by, and the El Metador 2.0 is no exception. Since Tony found the company in 2008, he has build some intense motorcycles such as this 1976 BMW R 90/6 and the Royal Enfield Continental GT amongst many others. This Triumph Bonneville cafe racer though, takes a slightly different approach from the others as it swaps its entire front end with one from a Suzuki GSXR. This would not only give the resulting build a stiffer rider but also greatly improve upon the handling of the machine.
While the tank of the Bonneville has been kept stock, almost every other body panel has been replaced by a custom unit. The rear seat cowl is made from steel and supports a brass cover on top of it. The seat is a custom unit too. The rear taillight and the number plates are from AMG Custom while a barge of Motogadget instrumentation take over every electronic bit that include the Speedo, switches, front and rear turn signals.
Before Analog could get on with the build though, they stripped off the machine completely, removed the engine and rebuilt it completely so that it feels new while has an extended reliability for the owner to enjoy for a longer time. The cafe racer also gets subtle performance bits too, in the form of a K&N air filter and a set of British Customs drag pipes. To take the handling a bit further and more into the realm of a true cafe racer, Analog put 17″ Sun rims front and back that were dressed in Michelin Pilot Power tyres while the rear shocks were updated with Race Tach G3-S shocks to match the performance of the GSXR forks at the front.
The Triumph Bonneville Cafe Racer “El Metador 2.0” boasts such a unique look, and that is because of the amount of time and effort that has been put behind planning and executing the entire build. Tony has not just ensured that the person who commissioned the motorcycle gets the best parts that are currently available in the market, but also receives a motorcycle that can handle and perform better than a stock Bonneville can ever imagine of.