If you are ever bored with the looks of your modern motorcycle and would like to give it a vintage racer look, then there is currently no one better in the world of custom motorcycles than the Spaniard Pepo Rosell. The Madrid-based custom bike builder has a unique knack for creating machines that while looking beautifully retro, are actually packed with some seriously upgraded modern performance. His previous works include Café Noir – a Ducati based cafe racer, The Flying Podenco – Pepo’s take on an 1974 Ducati 860GT and a BMW R100R cafe racer that is made from parts of old Italian and Japanese motorcycles.
For his latest build, Pepo has turned his attention towards the British Triumph Legend TT, a short-lived motorcycle that was based on the Triumph Thunderbird 900, and aptly named it the “Rocket”. This new machine’s design oozes quintessential British cafe racer, something that reminds you of motorcycles from the early era of Grand Prix motorcycle racing. And as it goes with all things coming out of the XTR Pepo garage, the Triumph “Rocket” is not just a good-looking motorcycle with no poke. In fact, every aspect of the Triumph Legend TT has been reworked on in a way that it provides a fairly modern experience in terms of handling as well as performance.
At the front, the Triumph Rocket features forks and yokes from the Triumph Daytona 675R as well as its forged aluminium wheel and the carbon fibre mudguard. A Brembo radial caliper and front brake rotors reside at the front for making the Rocket stop quickly. The brake lines come from Frentubo while the brake and clutch pumps have been pulled off a Ducati 1098 superbike. On top of the OEM parts from other motorcycles, XTR’s in-house bits include the foldable brake and clutch levers, CNC machined clip ons, the front bracket, fairing and the windshield along with the solo seat at the rear. The Triumph Legend TT “Rocket” also has an in-house monotube drilled custom subframe that gives the rear a very distinct look along with the modified swingarm. There are more in-house XTR parts like the rear mudguard and CNC machined footrests.
To ensure that the Triumph Legend TT “Rocket” sounds exactly as vicious as it looks, Pepo has borrowed the exhaust system from a Triumph Speed Triple and mated it with a SuperMario megaphone, which we assume would give some serious bark to the rather docile 885ccc Thunderbird 900 inline-triple engine. But that isn’t all. Under the skin, pepo has ensured that the “Rocket” has a lightning quick response by installing a Domino quick throttle while also giving the cylinder heads a porting job.
If there is anything that I have understood from the creations of Señor Pepo, it is that the man loves to deliver speed in the rawest form possible. And while he is at it, he delivers his goods packaged in the most beautiful form that no one can just have a quick glance at. I absolutely love it, and cannot wait to see more and more of his creations… maybe even get to ride one someday.
Via XTR Pepo. Images: Cesar Godoy