Only a stranger to Bonnefication and the custom and modified Triumph scene would be unaware of the Barbour A225 Scrambler – a custom Triumph Twin which was on show at last years BSMC event at London’s Tobacco Docks. This year, Triumph and Barbour International have again worked together to bring Triumph enthusiasts even more.
Triumph and Barbour International have now teamed together to bring us the Triumph/Barbour casual and riding collection, including the ‘Triumph/Barbour Riding Jacket’ which combines Triumph’s technical know-how and Barbour’s classic style. These products will be available in both men’s and ladies fit from Triumph dealerships from August 2015, with the Triumph Barbour Riding Jacket also being available from Barbour International retail outlets.
To announce this new, unique and exciting collaboration what better than a custom Triumph Twin – Again the Barbour, Triumph custom Twin was unveiled at this years BSMC event in London and what a beauty. A Bonneville which is both a credit to Triumph’s in-house custom team who built the bike and Barbour International.
Being at the BSMC show in May, I had my chance to take a good look at BIT1: aka ‘The Street Tracker’ and I can assure you this bike looks amazing and is put together beautifully – then when your name is on the bike that is very important. I was pleasantly surprise by the style of the bike, we don’t see as many Triumph ‘Trackers’ as we did a few years ago, which is a shame. Perhaps thats why the Trackers style was chosen. At least then in a sea of Scramblers and Brat Styled machines this bike would stand out.
BIT1: The Street Tracker
It comes as no surprise that the BIT1, like the previous Barbour build has been significantly shortened, with the pillion foot rest mounts and unwanted brackets being removed. Though for some cutting the back off the Triumph Twin is akin to vandalism, but many agree that the frame of the Twin is a little too long and shaving of 60mm plus makes a huge difference to the overall look and balance of the bike. The BIT1 was then fitted with a bespoke RedmaxSpeedshopseat which has been modified to fit the Hinckley frame.
Behind those racing number board side covers with ‘1936’ graphics, which represent Barbour’s founding year, the standard battery box and fuses have been removed. Which is no surprise when you consider that this 2015 Bonneville is running Keihins 36mm smoothbore carbs. But don’t get to excited, fitting carbs is no easy upgrade for a EFI Bonne. The guys at Triumphs skunk works who did all the work removed the entire loom and built and fitted a bespoke one, which included a new rotor and pickup, reducing the signal frequency to adjust the timing (over my head) which allowed the BIT1 to run without all the cumbersome modern electrickery that a modern productions motorcycle needs to have. The combination of those Keihin Carbsand cut-down and slash cut exhausts will also give this Tracker a bit of an edge.
The striking upside-down forks are from a Street Triple R, which were stripped, rebuilt and modified to fit the Bonneville. These were finished off in a very cool anodised blue which matches the anodised engine sprocket cover. Keeping the theme, Flat track style bars were fitted using Tiger sports risers and paired with quick-action ¼ turn motocross throttle bodies.
The front brake in true Flat-tracker style has been removed. Other details include Tiger XC accessory footpegs, Dunlop TrailMax flat-track style tyres and a bespoke headlight and tail light. The bike is also fitted with a black anodised British Customs rear sprocket and a one-off set of blue colour matched K-Tech Razor rear shocks. Paint is by Triumph own in-house shop.