Analog Motorcycles – El Matador II

analog-motorcycles-rebel-yell-0004When Kentucky based Rebel Yell Bourbon needed a motorcycle for their “Rebels Uncaged” promotion, they contacted Tony Prust at Analog Motorcycles.analog-motorcycles-rebel-yell-0002The result is the El Matador 2, based on an earlier Triumph build, the ‘El Matador’, which is a very pretty 1972 650cc Bonneville Bobber, finished in brass and clear coated metal. Not wanting to build a carbon copy of the El Matador, Tony decided to rework it Cafe Racer style, and using the more up to date Hinckley Twin.analog-motorcycles-rebel-yell-0016A well kept 2005 carb model Bonneville, already sporting a few of the usual aftermarket accessories was found as the donor bike, though these were mostly ditched in the strip-down.analog-motorcycles-rebel-yell-0015The frame on the Hinckley Twin was chopped four inches, though on this occasion not looped – a far easier method of shortening the Bonneville. Done so, as Tony wanted to use a modified A3T, Analog Motorcycles own tail tidy unit, incorporating a LED tail light, a unit which is designed to fit the stock Hinckley Triumph frame.analog-motorcycles-rebel-yell-0009The old seat was ditched and a new cowl was sculpted in foam, before being hand crafted in steel, in which can be kept a few tools, gloves or perhaps even a bottle of Rebel Yell Bourbon, all accessed by a hatch fabricated in brass – this was then upholstered by Dave Purney.analog-motorcycles-rebel-yell-0007Other parts from the Analog Motorcycles catalogue includes their side cover kit, given an ‘extra special custom treatment’’  before final fit. analog-motorcycles-rebel-yell-0010Tony wanted the El Matador 2 frame to have a Black and Brass theme, and experimented with a mix of real and powder coated brass, on pretty much every removable part, with the results being “various hues of brass throughout the bike, giving a very organic and raw feel” . analog-motorcycles-rebel-yell-0012The tank, seat-cowl, side covers and the hand crafted steel front mudguard were sanded to a brushed scotch bright finish and clear coated by Kiel’s Kustoms.

Tim Brando’s forty years experience was drafted in to pin-stripe the tank, seat hump and side covers, with the Rebel Yell logo and number “10” being added to represent Rebel Yell single barrel ten year old Kentucky Bourbon.analog-motorcycles-rebel-yell-0019While the cosmetic changes were made to the Triumph’s tin-ware, the Bonneville itself was undergoing a few performance and handling upgrades, with the front end being swopped for a set of USD forks from the Suzuki GSX-R, fitted with Traxxion Dynamics forks adjusters.AnalogMotorcycles-ElMatadorSport-GrantSchwingle-FultonMarket-Night-0004The modified stock front hub and rotor were retained, as was the rear hub, both re-laced to new set of 17” Sun rims, using Buchanan spokes, and shod with a set of Michelin’s Pilot Powers tyres.

The front 4-pot calliper from the GSX-R was re-fitted and paired with a set of Beringer levers. With the front end getting so much attention the Triumph needed a rear end stance change, achieved by fitting a set of custom Race Tech G3-S shocks.analog-motorcycles-rebel-yell-0021British Customs carry a range of Analog parts, so it was BC who in-turn supplied a range of their own accessories for the build  including;  their chain and billet clutch guards, lifter arm cover, tank knee pads and Drag Pipe exhaust system.analog-motorcycles-rebel-yell-0026The 865cc engine was then torn down and wrinkle powder coated black, with the stock sprocket cover being milled out to match the one on the 650cc Triumph Bobber. While on the phone to British Customs, Tony also ordered a set of  Keihin 35mm CR carbs with K&N filters, and a performance cam swop.AnalogMotorcycles-ElMatadorSport-GrantSchwingle-FultonMarket-Night-0007Up front is a Bates style headlight with brass accents, fitted to the Triumph via custom brackets, Up top is a custom CNC’d brass speedo mount, cut by Free Form Design and houses a Motogadget Tiny speedo.analog-motorcycles-rebel-yell-0029The bars are the Speedy Moto Omini clip-ons, fitted with CRG bar end mirrors and two Motogadget m-Switch minis sitting side by side, and connected to the Motogadget the m-Unit. The knurled black rubber grips, Brass engine tag, and Kustom Tech brass throttle assembly are all from Low Brow Customs.analog-motorcycles-rebel-yell-0033



  • GSXR front end conversion
  • 17” Sun rims front and back laced to stock hubs
  • Pilot Power tires
  • Race Tech G3-S Shocks
  • AMG custom tailored number plates
  • AMG A3T taillight
  • Moto Gadget Tiny Speedster speedo, M unit, M-switch minis, and M-blaze pin front signals
  • Bates style head light with custom made headlight bracket
  • Custom made steel fender and brackets
  • Custom made seat pan and steel hump with brass cover
  • British Customs drag pipes, gas cap, chain guard, battery box eliminator, clutch cover and billet bracket
  • CR carbs
  • British Customs performance cam service
  • Moto and Motor rebuild engine top end
  • Bering controls
  • Low Brow supplied Knurled grips, Brass tank emblem, Brass exhaust tips and Brass Kustom Tech throttle housing
  • K & N fitlers
  • Joker Machine key relocator
  • Seat upholstery by Dave Purney
  • Vortex clip ons with Speedy Moto Omni bars
  • CRG mirrors
  • Traxxion Dymanics forks adjustors
  • Dash plate CNC’s brass by Free Form Design
  • Clear Coat by Kiel’s Kustoms
  • Pin Stripe and gold leaf by Brando
  • LSL rear sets
  • Hel Brake lines
  • Custom made cables

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