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Jack Lilly

Bonnefication goes from one legendary custom Triumph Twin builder to another, as we take a look at one of the latest custom Hinckley Twins from Sébastien Guillemot and Mathieu Ménard of the Poitiers based FCR Original.Based on a 2016 Triumph Bonneville, this Twin is typical FCR Original, and much like their Enduro build we featured in June of last year, it shares many of the same modifications including a shortened nickel plated frame and swing-arm.With such a stunning finish it would be a shame to refit those plastic end-caps factory-fitted to the Triumph Twin subframe. Caps which usually lurk unseen, but when you fit a custom bobbed seat upholstered in black leather, padded for comfort and designed to expose that newly plated frame, Triumphs lack of attention to detail is there for all to see.On this FCR build, unobtrusive aluminium micro LED turn signals have been inserted into the exposed frame ends, wired up and secured with a small domed headed hex bolt. Fitting micro turn signals into the frame rails keep the bobbed polished aluminium mudguard clutter-free, with it now simply sporting a micro tail light.The lack of a number plate, especially one as large as those here in the UK, help keep the bobbed tail end clean and tidy for the photoshoot, but its exclusion is not road legal. The addition of a side mounted plate holder, or perhaps a self-adhesive plate adhered to the mudguard could make this Twin road legit without messing up that back end.Either side of the slim bobbed black leather seat, sit matching handmade number-boards emblazoned with #7 graphics. These take us up to the stock EFI petrol tank, resplendent in its green and chrome paint scheme. That custom painted tank also sports a Monza gas cap and FCR Original graphics I imagine so its lucky rider is fully aware of just who built this beauty.Continuing with the vintage Scrambler vibe is a wide braced MX handlebar fitted with the stock levers, black grips and retro switches finished in polished aluminium. Replacing the unsightly stock speedo assembly and mounted to the silver painted top yoke via a custom bracket sits an XS650 style analogue speedo, again finished in polished aluminium.A custom number board sporting #7 graphics and fitted with a high-intensity headlight sits at the front. A set-up which continues the stripped-down profile, adding to this Bonneville’s off-road desert racing vibe without compromising practicality and nighttime usability.Relocating the rectifier to the frame and fitting micro turn-signals to each fork stanchion keeps the front profile clean. Below which is a full size polished aluminium mudguard, which like the rear protects the Twin rider from what the Continental TKC 80 Twinduro tyres will chuck up blatting up the local back roads.The classic Bud Ekins style, two into two custom high-pipes which sweep upwards along the right-hand side of this Triumph are the perfect choice for a desert racer, and embody the authentic heritage of these air-cooled Triumph Twins as once being the best Scramblers of a generation.I’m looking forward to seeing how well the new 1200cc Scrambler XE does in the Baja 1000…

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