Three teams, five hours, one bike.
That was the challenge for some of the best builders in the States as they went head-to-head in a race against the clock to make the new Bonneville their own.
Using the all-new Bonneville T120 Black as a start point, the teams had just five hours to complete their build.
With only necessary paint and prep work completed beforehand, each team had to use at least 10 Triumph genuine accessories.
The rest, at this year’s Motoblot in Chicago, was up to them.
Motoworks Chicago paid tribute to heavyweight boxing legend Muhammad Ali with the T120 TKO, a build they say showcases how an owner can tweak Triumph’s new line-up to reflect their own sense of style.
They said: “We turned out the lights on this build using Triumph’s blacked out accessories and our own custom refinishing of previously shiny badges, covers, shocks, mirrors and fuel cap. While there’s no need to improve upon Ali’s 56 wins, 37 by KO, we dedicate this TKO to The People’s Champion. May he rest in peace.”
They did what? Aftermarket headlight ears and Triumph’s new tail tidy to further simplify the bike. Understated graphic design for the tank, fender and side covers complete the look. The Bonneville T120 TKO is a bike that doesn’t scream out for attention, letting the rider do the talking.
Woodstock Triumph created a sporty road-burner.
They said: “We wanted something suited to a local bike night, cross-country camping trip or carving up the curves.”
They did what? In went twin Hagon Nitro shocks, raising the rear of the T120 10mm for a more sporting stance and additional ground clearance. Next came an Andreani cartridge kit for full adjustability up front.
Our custom painter gave a vintage appearance to the new tank and badges. The result is a cool-looking paint scheme that visually slims the tank.
Triumph’s waxed cotton panniers have a great look and functionality and the quick-disconnect option with carrying handle make them easy to pull off.
The custom fabricated sissy bar (with Triumph logo) adds a sinister appearance along with even more carrying capacity. We finished off the motorcycle with a handful of choice Triumph accessories to further enhance the personality.
Windy City Triumph
Windy City Triumph wanted a mix of modern tech with the style cues of the past to create one of the baddest looking bikes out there.
They said: “We took elements from the market we felt were cool right now, like knobby tires, high-tech headlights and scrambler-style exhausts. From Darryl’s bike in The Walking Dead to the Scrambler Chris Pratt rode in Jurassic World, there’s a lot of inspiration out there.”
They did what? We knew we wanted a JW Speaker lean angle LED headlight as a build element along with a high pipe, so when Vance & Hines jumped in with a one-off custom, we grabbed it.
Visually distinctive tyres and a simple, cool stripe effect add to the bike’s sporty modern look. Triumph helped out with a great selection of accessory pieces to add to the fine details. Visual, performance and safety were all addressed, making this bike as functional as it is aesthetically pleasing.
And the winner is…
Windy City Triumph and their ‘scramblerised’ Triumph T120 Black. Judges said it hit just the right mix of ‘customised styling cues and Triumph premium accessory additions to make their creation stand out’.