View Full Version : Isgro's '05 T100

03-15-2012, 9:44 AM
Back in June of 2007 I fought my way through Laconia Bike week traffic to purchase my first motorcycle, an '05 Triumph Bonneville T100. My good friend Mike had planted the bike seed in my head and after fighting it off for quite a while I finally gave in. My search started by perusing craigslist for 60s and 70s Triumphs. I was quick to find that the vast majority of old Trumps were projects and basket cases. Already having a project on hand (my '63 VW Single Cab) I was leery to put another project on my plate. After a bit more searching I came across a low miles '05. I decided to go and check it out and well, you know how that turned out.

Here's the bike in the early days. Big ol' fenders, reflectors and ridiculous stock lights.

After a while I swapped the stock bars for some M-bars, ditched the stock mufflers for emgo reverse cones and re-jetted the carb.

I got sick of the swoopy rear fender after a while and always hated the gigantic turn signals and tail light. I wanted to give the bike a more agressive look so I chopped up another fender that I grabbed and tossed a lucas style tail light on it.


Comparison of old to new...

Got some small directionals, fabbed up some brackets and got them on the bike...


(Ignore the metal bars. They were home made pannier bars that I had made for some saddle bags that I ran for a short period of time.)

Then I chopped up the front fender...



And that brings us up to the end of 2011. Nothing crazy as I never wanted the bike down for too long. I like riding the shit out of it, so fucking with it wasn't on the top of my list of to dos. This winter I decided to mix it up a bit more. I'll post that up in my next post.

03-15-2012, 9:59 AM
My roommate rides an XR650 and had gotten me into dual sports a while back. I had contemplated picking one up, but the idea of a possible bike payment, more insurance payments and more maintenance to keep up with turned me away. After a bit more thought I decided to mess with my Trump and give it some dual sport influences.

To start it all off I ordered up some Biltwell Moto bars, Kung Fu grips and a matching pair of Metzler Tourance dual sport tires. Then I started tearing the bike apart.

I chopped the rear fender a bit more, removing the curve I had previously left in the bottom of the fender. Then I painted it satin black (Krylon Fusion). I also created a new turn signal mount and got the lights inside the frame rails (they has perviously been mounted further out closer to the tail). Oh, and I also painted the turn signals black. Sorry for the shitty cell pic...
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f216/MattIsgro/425712_10151352369830018_879745017_22884532_392890 681_n-1.jpg

I also got the Moto bars mounted. At the same time I decided that the giganto speedo and tach had to go, so I ripped them off.
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f216/MattIsgro/419996_10150581244695829_672925828_9557737_8175459 61_n.jpg

I ordered up a mini-speedo from Dime City cycles and a small 3" round mirror from Licks. The bike is my daily for a 60 mile-a-day commute, so I need this stuff on there.

While waiting for the speedo and mirror to come in I thinned out the wiring a bit...

My new tires came in so I visitied my buddy Jesse to get them mounted...

03-15-2012, 10:14 AM
While I've always liked the orange and white paint scheme on my bike it wasn't the most original color combo in the world. As a matter of fact I'm betting that half the Hinckley Bonnevilles made in and around '05 were this color scheme. So I decided to change it up. My background is in air cooled VWs, so I decided to go with an old VW color - L31 Dove Blue to be exact. I dropped my tank off with my buddy John Peard up in New Hampshire. He got to work right away...

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f216/MattIsgro/427517_226947877403199_100002639668998_416800_9111 17042_n.jpg

Bare metal...
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f216/MattIsgro/429935_226948027403184_100002639668998_416803_1449 636248_n.jpg

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f216/MattIsgro/421072_228176733946980_100002639668998_419306_1428 081678_n.jpg

And my sweet new paint...
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f216/MattIsgro/421325_228709203893733_100002639668998_420643_1775 062908_n.jpg

There are a couple of possibilities for how I move forward with the tank. Knee pads or no knee pads? Stock tank badges or something else? I always liked the logo that Ducati uses on the Sport Classics, so I hopped in Illustrator and made my own version (This is pretty obvious, but the Ducati logo on top, mine on the bottom)...

Not sure if I'm going to use it yet as I want to do some photoshops of the bike first, but it was a fun challenge to make. We'll see if I use it.

So while the front wheel was off I pulled the fender and painted it satin black to match the rear. Then I mounted it back up and put the rollers back on. This is where the bike stands at this point...
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f216/MattIsgro/426251_10151358382435018_879745017_22915556_148471 2396_n.jpg

I'm going up to New Hampshire this weekend to grab my tank. I still need to wire my new speedo and make a bracket for it. With a few other odds and ends to finish up I'm hoping to have everything back together just in time for more 70+ degree weather next week. I'll post some pics up once everything is back together.

I know this isn't some crazy chopping going on, but after a nudge from a fellow 33er I figured I'd share. Hope you all don't mind.

03-15-2012, 3:38 PM
Nice, I like where this is going. That front fender is right-on.

03-16-2012, 8:13 AM
Awesome. Pure awesome. I like the look so far also.

Love that blue. It looks killer. I think the chrome badges would look good on there. Or you could mix it up and paint the badges black and white like these to match the fenders...

I would leave the knee pads off. But that is just me.

I always wondered what those Motobars would look like on a Hinckley once I saw them. I like them a lot on there.

Whatcha gonna do with the seat? Anything?

It's good to see a new T100 mod on here.

Anxious to see more.


03-16-2012, 8:23 AM
Thanks for the feedback and props guys.

The plan is going to be to put the tank on the bike "naked" and stare at it for a while, do some photoshops and figure it out from there. I'm itching to ride and this stuff is just cosmetic so there's no rush, haha. I'm definitely going to add the black/white badge idea into the mix. Thanks for that.

In terms of the seat, in the short term I'm running the stock bench, but I'm planning on putting something less bulky together. I was looking for another stock seat to chop up, but the asking prices for them are crazy, so I'll probably just get some fiberglass and make my own pan or figure something else out.

03-16-2012, 8:26 AM
Looking forward to sharing some miles with ya this year man!

03-16-2012, 10:18 AM
Hell yeah. Looking forward to some good rides.

03-18-2012, 8:08 PM
Finished putting together the bike this morning. I still need to figure out what I'm going to do with the tank (knee pads, badges, etc), and I now need to fix my tail light or get a new one since one of the lense mounts ripped out (hence the black zip tie). Other than that she's good to. Here's some pics...










03-18-2012, 9:09 PM
I like it!!

My personal opinion is Triumphs should have the knee pads on the tank, It's just part of the classic look to me,......

03-19-2012, 2:50 AM
Looks good!

The tank does need something. Looks a bit plain right now. The color is awesome though. I like the aggressive rubber too. Looks tough.

How do the bars feel? They look damn good.

The only thing I would suggest is some new headlight ears like these...

I think the bike would benefit a lot from them.


03-19-2012, 7:35 AM
If you drill out the end of the frame rails under the seat, you could sneak dual brake lights in there

(and I like both the duke script trump label and the kneepads...)

03-19-2012, 9:08 AM
The bike looks killer man, nice and classy.

03-19-2012, 4:07 PM
Tis is also the kind of writeup I love - small steps but they had a huge impact - really like this bike's direction
Things not to be afraid of:
JMC Swingarms

and this web link (http://s90.photobucket.com/albums/k256/fixedschwinn/Brat%20Style/?start=all)

03-20-2012, 11:25 AM
Ohhh, I always like additional inspiration. Thank you sir.

03-20-2012, 1:11 PM
Bike looks great.!..can you give me some info on the indicator lights..like where you ordered them from.

03-20-2012, 4:18 PM
Thanks Mike. I got the indicators here...

03-20-2012, 9:59 PM
Love it. Damn, I'm working on a sporty right now that is VW Dove blue (almost) black fender too. Glad I'm not running the Moto bars like originally planned! Your bike looks great. Triumph America, you watchin'?

03-21-2012, 6:01 AM
Haha, thanks Bill. Sorry if I stole your thunder. I've had this version of the bike in my head for a couple of years and after dragging my feet for too long I finally executed this past month.

My Single Cab is a rusty, faded Dove Blue and I've always loved the color...
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f216/MattIsgro/301976_182108411871763_100002178155557_377670_7367 44261_n.jpg

03-27-2012, 12:24 AM
looks rad.
i've seen too many butchered modern triumphs. this one is sick tho

04-20-2012, 5:41 PM
Thanks man. I appreciate it.

Finally got something on the tank - trying out the Ducati inspired Triumph decals that I made...

04-20-2012, 5:58 PM
IF I were gay, I'd do Gay things with your bike.

I really dig the decals, really Classic.

04-20-2012, 9:20 PM
Looks great. I am going to try very hard not to ape your color choice.

04-21-2012, 8:53 PM
Great looking bike Isgro. Have to do anything special to make that mirror work?

04-21-2012, 10:55 PM
Scrambler pipes would really set it of with the bars and tires.

04-22-2012, 1:12 PM
Thanks guys.

Great looking bike Isgro. Have to do anything special to make that mirror work?

The only thing I did with the mirror put the arm in a vise to give it more of a bend. Otherwise it mounted right up to the stock mirror location with the provided hardwear.

Scrambler pipes would really set it of with the bars and tires.

I agree. They're definitely in my plans.

05-12-2012, 10:42 PM
Sick! Love a modded bonnie. Maybe a scrambler headlight too with the mesh cover would look tough. Keep it coming champ

06-18-2012, 7:15 PM
Haven't done much since the last update. A couple of friends got me a skid plate for my 30th b-day, so I threw that on there. I've done some general maintenance and just ridden the shit out of it.