Rémi Réguin of BAAK Motocyclettes second build is based on a 1200cc Bonneville T120, though you may not like the tyre choice, you can not deny, this build is rather eye catching. The T120 is my pick of the batch when it comes to the new liquid cooled machines. But for the same money – a fully customised carb model Bonneville is a more sensible choice. But for those with money to burn, you can’t go wrong.Rémi continues…. “this build could be described as the definition of what ‘Backdating’ style means to us. We simply used a brand new 1200cc Triumph Twin and did our best to make it look like it was forty years old, using parts handcrafted at our workshop. Even if our goal was to make it look like a 70’s bike, we also wanted it to provide a 70’s feel. This build was created in a very classic look, we were looking for a timeless design for that project.”“As usual, we brought a huge amount of care to the finish, so it can look like if it was manufactured by a big motorcycle brand. This build includes many parts developed as prototypes, that will soon be available in our boutique.”“We integrated a Motogadget Classic speedometer into a brushed stainless steel light. This speedometer allows the Twin to keep almost all the features of the stock unit.”“The headlight is maintained thank to aluminium brackets that enable to remove the ugly stock ones and reveal the fork tubes. We designed and manufactured a new upper fork triple trees to relocate the switch control under the gas tank to make it more discreet.”“This part enables to lower the front of the bike to make it easier to handle. The handling also gets improved thanks to our wide beach bar style handlebars.“”We also proportionally lowered the rear end of the bike thank to wide shock absorbers developed in collaboration with the Shock Factory (-1,5cm).”“For this project, we decided to cut the rear end of the bike to make it look more compact. We designed and manufactured a machined aluminium subframe that doesn’t require welding to be assembled on the bike. We designed a seat pan, created new foam and a brown leather seat cover.“”The final result makes the seat 13cm shorter than the stock one, and still allows to bring a passenger. The high-quality foam enables to keep a good comfort even if it looks very flat.
The rear end is completed by a short stainless steel mudguard with its Bates style taillight, license plate support and lightning.”“We used the same leather skin to handcraft the fork gaiters and the side saddle bag. This saddle bag is placed on brushed aluminium side covers that came to replace the stock plastic ones.”“We created a short exhaust line with aluminium mufflers and stainless steel manifold. It makes the bike sound deeper and stronger but it’s not noisy as we don’t like ‘flashy‘ bikes. About the gas tank, we simply brushed the stock one and applied a satin varnish.: “Then we manufactured BAAK badges in aluminium (satin black powder coated), put on the original badges fixation spots. We used a brushed Monza gas tank cap to give it a real vintage look.”“The front mudguard has a very classic style, and it’s maintained thanks to discreet aluminium legs. We created an aluminium sump guard to protect the engine as the bike was lowered. We improved the brakes look thanks to Beringer Aeronal brake discs.”We fitted vintage looking Avon”
We fitted vintage looking Avon MKII tires, which required us to replace the stock wheels with 16″ aluminium ones. finally, we take care of the finish by relocating the blinkers with LED Motogadget items, the regulator, etc.