He chose to ditch the usual glossy Maria finish for three reasons:
“One is because I can fall as many times has I want, without being worried about damaging something. The other is because I’ve always wanted a bike with this look! And finally, because it was made with old parts that I had in stock.”
Luis has stiffened up the suspension, braced the front forks and specc’ed the wheels with Metzeler Karoo 3 tires. And most of the Triumph’s original body parts have been tossed, to bring the weight down.
Up top is a vintage Yamaha RD400 fuel tank, mounted as found. The subframe’s been chopped to the minimum, and supports a custom-made leather seat—arguably the neatest part on this self-proclaimed “rat bike.”
The Bonnie still has its airbox—upgraded with a K&N filter—while the carbs have been rejetted with a kit from Dynojet. The exhaust system’s a one-off, and the battery’s been replaced by two, lighter Lithium-ion items.
Along with tossing the clocks in the bin, Luis relocated the ignition and rectifier, and fitted a small headlight up front. The handlebars are from LSL, as is the front sprocket cover.