Bonneville Bobber Photo Journal

We were recently invited to the Lake Cachuma British Bike Rally by flat track racing legend and Hollywood stuntman, Eddie Mulder.

This event has been around for decades. Eddie took over the hosting of the event 4 years ago and it never disappoints. Countless vintage bikes line the Live Oak Campground, there are group rides, amazing BBQ, field events and a bike show on Saturday. It's a truly one-of-a-kind campout/bike rally that we look forward to each year.

With that said, we thought it'd be perfect opportunity to take out our Bonneville Bobber build to test in the beautiful highways and mountain roads of the Los Padres National Forest.

Featured Gear:

  • Helmet: The Biltwell Gringo is a go-to lid because of its combination of safety, comfort, and style.
  • Helmet Visor: If you have a Biltwell Gringo, we highly recommend the Equilibrialist Knox Visor as it'll change the overall apperance of your Gringo. Straps right over your Gringo and you are ready to go. Available in clear or smoked with different leather trim options (color)
  • Jacket: Vintage look, true-to-size fit, and the waxed canvas gets better as it ages, the Vanson Stormer played the perfect role
  • Pants: You may have heard the term, "Japanese Selvedge" denim before and these Left Field "On the Road" jeans are made from Nihon Menpu fabric specifically from Japan, embeded with 15% kevlar in both warp & weft yarns, and finished off wish a green selvedge. Wear these on/off the bike without feeling the typical 'bulk' from riding jeans and these, also get better with age too.
  • Gloves: Our good friend & also fellow rider on a Triumph Thruxton, Tommy Kerns at Butterscotch designed some great gloves- the Short Round gloves. What do we mean by great gloves? They're super soft but durable due to its Deer Hide leather construction, short wrist design for that classic race look, and does not require any adjustments thanks to the elasticized wrist meaning no need to mess with straps/zippers.

Featured Gear:

  • Helmet: The Biltwell Gringo is a go-to lid because of its combination of safety, comfort, and style.
  • Helmet Visor: If you have a Biltwell Gringo, we highly recommend the Equilibriast Knox Visor as it'll change the overall apperance of your Gringo. Straps right over your Gringo and you are ready to go. Available in clear or smoked with different leather trim options (color)
  • Jacket: Vintage look, true-to-size fit, and the waxed canvas gets better as it ages, the Vanson Stormer played the perfect role
  • Pants: You may have heard the term, "Japanese Selvedge" denim before and these Left Field "On the Road" jeans are made from Nihon Menpu fabric specifically from Japan, embeded with 15% kevlar in both warp & weft yarns, and finished off wish a green selvedge. Wear these on/off the bike without feeling the typical 'bulk' from riding jeans and these, also get better with age too.
  • Gloves: Our good friend & also fellow rider on a Triumph Thruxton, Tommy Kerns at Butterscotch designed some great gloves- the Short Round gloves. What do we mean by great gloves? They're super soft but durable due to its Deer Hide leather construction, short wrist design for that classic race look, and does not require any adjustments thanks to the elasticized wrist meaning no need to mess with straps/zippers.

The Mule Tracker Bars and Bates Foot Peg Kit improves the ergonomics of the bikes, allowing for comfort and stability in the twisties. Hitting the straightaways, bombing into corners and transitioning through switchbacks was pure joy on the upgraded Triumph Bonneville Bobber. Shop Bonneville Bobber Ergonomics upgrades.

Warm weather riding is ideal and gear selection is vital to remaining comfortable and confident on the road. The Vanson Stormer's waxed canvas already developed some patina while the Left Field On the Road jeans provided comfort of normal jeans allwhile having kevlar fused into the weaving process meaning none of that bulky kevlar lining

Overall we can't say enough good things about the Triumph Bonneville Bobber. It is a unique riding experience that we found highly enjoyable. With a few carefully selected upgrades, we were able to dial in the bike for our trip and further emphasize the class styling of the bike. We were happy to put the selected parts and gear to the test and achieve great results. Let us know if you have any questions or feedback in the comments section below. Happy riding!

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Comments

Joe - November 1, 2018

Beautiful! Cant wait to see the build sheet on this one. Love the location of the turn signals, I’ve been looking for a solution to the stock rear end.

Stephen Day - October 7, 2018

As I have a left knee that will not bend far I have had to adjust the seat to go back further. i bought the bike just hoping it would be ok. I would like to know when the Speedmaster forward controls will be available to buy for my 2017 Bobber. I await with great antiscipation and aching leg.

British Customs - August 20, 2018

Hi Eamon,

That is a new version of the Pan Tail Light we’ll be releasing shortly for the new Bobber.

If you’re interested in purchasing once it releases, shoot me an email at kevin@british-customs.com and we can get you started and reserved ;)

Thanks!
Kevin

Eamon - August 18, 2018

what tail light have you on the bike – is the Pan Tail Light from website?
what have you done for rear indicators?
thanks

Kevin Pak - August 15, 2018

Hi Eamon,

Our headlight kit is mounted onto the retro which will include our Billet Headlight Ears & Headlight Bucket. Keep an eye out on social media or emails as we’ll be sure to announce once it’s released.

Thank you,
Kevin

Eamon - August 15, 2018

Hi there. What headlight is fitted to the BC Bobber in the pics? I would like to fit a larger LED headlight to my Bobber Black and would like to add a retro larger headlight with classic mounts (to fit the 47mm forks) – do you supply?
Also are the indicators in the pics the Triumph bullet LED accessories?
Thanks

Kevin Pak - August 14, 2018

Hi May Steve Trevor,

No worries at all !! Ask away all the questions as I can talk about bikes all day haha!

It’ll fit just like the stock pegs in terms of ergonomics but we do we have offsets which goes on the clevis before the footpeg. This offset can change the angle (you have a whole 360 degree adjustment with about half an inch of offset). This can be used on all Triumph Modern Classic models as long as you’re using our foot pegs/clevis’.

https://britishcustoms.com/products/foot-peg-offset

Thanks!
Kevin

Maj Steve Trevor - August 13, 2018

Thanks Kevin. Okay, one more question then I’ll stop bothering you! What is the effect, ergonomically, of the Bates pegs..?

Kevin Pak - August 13, 2018

Maj Steve Trevor,

We’re in love with the bars too as the width looks/feels proportionate with the wheelbase of the bike, handles very well too!

The de-cat is already a big weight off the bike, and regarding the Sleeper Pro, here are the weights:

Stock: 6.85lb / slip on
Sleeper Pro: 5.4lb / slip on

Thanks!
Kevin

Kevin Pak - August 13, 2018

Hi Will,

Heated grips will typically not work with aftermarket bars as the bars will need ‘notches’ for the wiring to pass through (internally). It’s not impossible to do but quite the process to go through.

We have some customers running aftermarket bars and on colder seasons when heated grips are needed, the bars are changed out.

Hope that helps!
- Kevin

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