Exciting times are ahead with Triumph jumping on the beardy banned-waggon and producing 470 bolt-on accessories – accessories which will allow owners (including myself) of the new water cooled Twins to build their own versions of custom bikes like those built by Jose and Tito of Macco Motors before they even leave the Triumph showroom – plagiarism, after all is the best form of flattery, and clearly Triumph are being very flattering to custom bikes builders the world over. But we will have to wait until next year before we will start to see just what can be done with that extensive range of accessories – so until then lets take a look at the kit, behind the inspiration.
Macco Motors continue their success at producing some of the best custom Triumph Twin money can buy and this is their latest build the ‘Apache‘ – a build which is based on a 2008 Bonneville T100 and built for a German chap who goes by the name of Martin. As I have explained before the Macco Motor Triumph Twins are mostly variations on a theme, and a successful one at that. Each of these builds share core similarities but each being slightly different in spec and colour.
This Triumph, like Macco’s previous builds has been shortened and looped and fitted with a custom seat, side panels and mudguard, which sports a retro tail-light. Martin Ze German is 6′,3″ (1,95m) tall, so the standard ride hight on the T100 is perhaps a little too low. To fix this Jose and Tito gave the T100 the ride height of a Scrambler by fitting longer Ohlins shock at the rear and Ohlins USD forks at the front, with the forks also been fitted with Brembo 4 pot callipers and 320 floating discs,
At the front is a custom mudguard, 7″ head-light, Billtwell Tracker bars with Clubman LSL grips, stock switches and Racing style clutch/brake levers. The bards have also been fitted with Motogadget bar end turn signals (Kellerman turn signals at the rear) and Motogadget mirrors. The Motogadget goodies do not stop there as the Twin has also been fitted with a Motogadget Motoscope Pro. The bike sits on stock black coated wheels and hubs, fitted with Metzeler Tourance tyres front and rear. The tank has been finished in classic Macco matt black and silver, but on this occasion there is a splash of matt red.