Customising the Hinckley Triumph Twin need not be about cutting, OK, its true to say, that shortening the rear subframe and fitting a shorty seat and mudguard will improve its overall appearance, but it is not the only option open to a modifier. Building a ‘soft’ custom may not be as glamorous, and it probably won’t find its way onto the hallowed pages of BikeExif (I may be wrong) but with a few simple modifications and the fitting of some well-chosen aftermarket accessories your Triumph Twin could look as good as this build by the chaps at Alo’s Cafe.Having built a few Triumph Twins myself, my next will be much like the featured Bonneville, more of a rolling customisation than a full-on winter build. Named the ‘JAST 214’ this Custom Triumph Twin is based on number 923 of the 1000 T214 Triumph produced to commemorate Texan Johnny Allen’s 1956 land speed record set at the legendary Bonneville Salt Flats.The Cee-Gar streamliner classic colour scheme is gone, instead, Nº923 now sports some subtle yet effective modifications, and it still is every inch a great looking machine. The changes to this build wouldn’t have taken the Twin off the road for any length of time, and all of which can be removed, returning this Triumph Twin back into a stock T214.The mudguards are both slimmed down items in fiberglass, painted satin black with the rear being fitted with a retro tail light, mini turn signals, and number board. Products like the mudguard can be sourced from companies such as Kompo-Tech, or if you want something in Aluminium, Motone produces a very nice product. And of course, you could modify the stock mudguard if you were on a tight budget. And in my opinion, a slim mudguard looks far better than an eliminator any day!The seat on this Triumph Twin really needs no introduction, but for those that don’t know, Alo’s Slim seat just may be the finest off-the-shelf seat available. These seats fashionably expose the frame rails and are available in either black or brown leather or synthetic leather.The sculpted Tank finished in a very attractive shade of blue and adorned with retro Triumph decals is unique to Alos Cafe. Crafted in fiberglass and supplied with a Monza style cap, this super cool tank allows for the fitting of the stock taco or speedo into the tank. With the remaining gauge then being enclosed in Alo’s single instrument housing.On the right-hand Side of this Hinckley Twin is Alo’s Messenger Bag, a great product for storing a helmet, waterproofs or your laptop for work, and again is available in black or brown leather to match the seat.There are plenty of details to be seen on the JAST 214 and include Johnny Allen beloved Texas star adorning one side of the satin black side covers, with ALO’S JAST 214 on the other. The handlebars are from LSL, with the stock shocks being ditched in favor of a set from Bitburo.The cool looking CNC’d sprocket cover is also from the Alos catalogue of goodies, and the exhausts system is the superb Zard 2 into 1 cross finished in complementary black ceramic, an exhausts system which from experience sounds great, without being too loud.
Full-on customs aren’t for everyone, they don’t make practical everyday riders and they can be a pain to insure. Bikes like the JAST 214 prove that simple mods can turn a humble Triumph Twin into something a little special. It doesn’t need to have a silly tyre choice or an expensive paint scheme, just a selection of good aftermarket accessories…. so whats stopping you?