Brother’s Steve and Jonathan of the San Jose based boutique clothing and motorcycle accessories store; Blood Brothers Inc., have been busy – putting together their first ever client build, a build which brings together the brothers fabricating skills, and some of the finest parts and accessories available for the Triumph Twin, the result, is ‘The Woodsman’.‘The Woodsman’ was built for Marcus, a client who at the age of 34, put his life on hold, retired from a successful job in a tech startup company and bought a four hundred year old farm in Sweden.
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life…and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived,” – Henry David Thoreau.Marcus’ change in lifestyle was all the inspiration Steve and Jonathan at Blood Brothers Inc. needed – crafted with “a blend of grit and grace, this custom scrambler is built to handle the riggers of a working farm while preserving the iconic beauty the Bonneville is known for”.Based on a 2008 carb model Triumph T100, which on arrival at the Blood Brother Inc. workshop was stripped down to the frame before work began – at the front is a bespoke number board fabricated from 6mm aluminium and fitted with a headlight set-up, which should help Marcus navigate the farm and local forests at night.If your going to live on a farm or take a bike into the woods, you will need a good set of knobbly dual sport tires; such as the ever popular Continental TKC80’s, which were designed for off-road use, and not just riding around cities… who knew! – these intern have been shod to a set of TT Canyon Motorcycles wheels & hubs with an 18” at the rear.This T100 is the stock length, and fitted with a British Customs seat paired with Down and Out’s short rear mudguard and tail light kit, which the D&O team make for the stock bike. At the front is another D&O mudguard featuring their trademark stainless mounting brackets, though do watch out for the stainless bolts in those alloy fork legs.Up top, the Bars are Biltwell Inc: 1” Moto Bars, fitted with Dime City Cycles grips – I have a set of Biltwell MX bars on a T100 I built last year and they really do give a nice riding position. The stock speedo is gone, replaced with a Dime City Cycles XS650 style mini speedo in KPH, and mounted to the bike with a custom speedo bracket made in house.Detailing on the Woodman is nice, with the stock side covers being vented and meshed allowing the conical air filters, which now sits where the stock air/battery box once sat to breathe – the intake mods paired with the British Customs Pipes should do a good job of giving the Triumph a little more grunt as well as scaring the shit out of any local bears!.
You may of noticed that on the high-side of this T100 is a ‘straight hold hatchet’, from Best Made Co. and attached to the bike using the Blood Brothers Inc. ‘Quick Release leather hatchet mount’ – something which every ‘Woodsman’ and farmer should have, though not if you live in a city like London – sorry Hipsters, stick with the lumberjack shirts for now.What the hatchet and quick release mount will come in handy for, other than posing and looking rugged while wearing a roll neck jumper, is chopping up wood to cook up the beans stored in the Blood Brothers Inc. hand lettered low mount quick release .30 Cal Ammo Can, strapped to the low side of the Woodsman.
Finishing the Woodman off are a set of SW Moto Crash Bars, as I’m sure at some stage this Triumph will find the forest floor. Other details include; Articulating Pegs, Wave Rotors, Joker Machine’s mirrors and their ignition relocation bracket – paint is by David at Ca Cycles in San Jose who also painted the axe to match.