Custom Triumph Bonnie

After 3 generations over 3 separate production runs the parallel-twin four-stroke engine Triumph Bonneville remains extremely popular. Looking for a donor bike to build a performance Cafe Racer or a Cool Roadster, each Bonneville generation (1959-1983, 1085-1988 and 2001 to today) has a different design, but still strongly resembles the original series. So many custom parts are available and so many one-off mods have been made on this English Classic that it’s quite difficult to create very unusual custom Bonnies. But some succeed in getting this little bit “je ne sais quoi”, making you spending more time looking at it and wanting to jump on it for a spin.

This one is the work of a young team, duo Sébastien Guillemot and Mathieu Ménard at French FCR Original.  A small shop whose philosophy is to build from old machines new creations that you can take to the road without any worries. So nothing excessive on their custom bikes. For this Bonneville T-100, keeping its original speed-oriented personality, but with functional characteristics for some fun adventures.

Nickel plating the frame and swingarm. then mixing chrome and paint on the gas tank has a lot to do with the overall high class appearance. Polishing the front end in contrast of new spoke wheels, and brushing all engine covers preserves the vintage vibe. Of course a rear shocks upgrade to today’s standard was a priority. A 2-up leather custom seat and a one-off shotgun exhaust were also a necessity,

In the front, a 60’s style cockpit with a LED light through the front number board, MX bars, vintage gear and grips, a Monza gas cap and a the required small speedo.This Bonnie rolls on good looking and multi-terrain ready Continental TKC80s. FCR Original.

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9 Responses to “Custom Triumph Bonnie”


  1. 1 Dyno Aug 7th, 2017 at 10:20 am

    I love Bonnies…

  2. 2 Mark Selby Aug 7th, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Triumph continues to do very well in the US. Rode the Triumph Bobber. Great bike.

  3. 3 Donnie Aug 7th, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Something very special about the Bonneville that can’t be explained.

  4. 4 richards Aug 7th, 2017 at 10:56 am

    I’m very old but even I don’t remember the 1085 Bonnie…Very nice Bike!

  5. 5 Fzzzz Aug 7th, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    What a beauty! And rideable!

  6. 6 Bikeagraman Aug 7th, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    Very tastily done. Kudos to Sébastien Guillemot and Mathieu Ménard.

  7. 7 hacksaw Aug 7th, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    i too wonder about the “1085” bonnie. what was so different from “83 that they would be called generational?

  8. 8 Iron Horse Aug 8th, 2017 at 7:48 am

    My first bike was a ’67 Triumph Tiger 650, back in ’75. Always loved the way they handled and looked, and I really like this one a lot. Kudos to the builders.

  9. 9 Peter Jackson Aug 13th, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    It’s so cool. I love it !

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