BAAK MOTORCYCLES CUSTOM TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE T120

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THE TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE T120 More fun that watching a dozen frogs in a Fly factory.

The Triumph Bonneville T120 made its debut in 2016, the motorcycling world had been expecting some big announcements from Triumph so it wasn’t a complete surprise, but the T120 was perhaps a little more than most were anticipating.

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At its heart the Bonneville T120 is fitted with an all-new liquid-cooled parallel twin with a SOHC, 8 valves, a capacity of 1200cc, a bore / stroke of 97.6 mm / 80 mm, a compression ratio of 10.0:1, multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection, and a 270° crank. There’s 79 bhp (at 6550 rpm) and 77 lb-ft of torque (at 3100 rpm), fed to the rear wheel via a 6-speed gearbox and an X-ring chain.

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Reviewers overwhelmingly loved it. There was a clear and distinct improvement in build quality throughout, and rival motorcycle manufacturers like Harley-Davidson, BMW, and Moto Guzzi had been put on notice.

BAAK MOTORCYCLES

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BAAK Motorcycles was founded in Lyon, France in 2012 by Rémi Reguin, it’s since grown to employ five, and the company enjoys a global reputation both for their custom motorcycle builds, and for their in-house developed motorcycle parts for Royal EnfieldMoto Guzzi, and Triumph.

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THE BAAK MOTORCYCLES BONNEVILLE T120

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The new T120 is the current motorcycle of choice for BAAK, in fact they’ve probably built more customs using it as a platform than any other garage in the world. They built this bike for a customer in Spain, his main request was to use a British Racing Green on the fuel tank, as a hat tip to the cars of his childhood.

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British Racing Green, commonly abbreviated as BRG, is a perfect color for a British motorcycle with heritage like the Bonneville. The team at BAAK matched the fuel tank with a medium tan leather seat, side bag, grips, and gators, with brushed steel knee-indents on the tank.

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The plan was to lower the bike a little and tighten up the handling, so a pair of Shock Factory -20mm shocks were fitted in the back, and a machined aluminium flat triple trees were fitted up front to proportionally lower the front end.

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A new 16″ rear wheel was installed and both ends were fitted with Avon MKII tires, giving the bike and vintage look with the benefit of modern tire compounds. A MotoGadget ChronoClassic dial was fitted carefully into the back of the headlight unit, a nice reference to instrument fitment on vintage British motorcycles, and the team at Baak are currently working on a plug-and-play system for others who want to replicate the look.

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The original handlebar was swapped out for the Baak N°1 wide stainless steel unit, with machined aluminium handlebar clamps, and a mini brushed stainless steel rear mudguard with license plate support – significantly better looking than the factory fitted unit.

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Up front theres a longer stainless steel front mudguard with aluminium supports, Mini LED blinkers from Motogadget, a Monza-style gas tank cap, Beringer Aeronal front brake discs, and proper mirrors left and right.

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The completed bike is a tasteful custom, Bobber-like in some respects, with combined British and French heritage, and a future that will be based in Spain. Also this is a very unique machine and wanted to share this with you as a blog today on my website. www.carpyscaferacers.com

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It takes a lot of thought and sketches before you even come close to a final phase drawing of how you want a machine to look and also, the budget of the customers is a huge part of any project, but this time, the froggies got it right on the money.

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So as I close this for Thursday, hope you all have a great day, the weekend is not too far away now and I know you are itching to either ride your 2 wheeled machine, or jump in the shed and start wrenching to produce your own creation.

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Thanks for stopping by and if I can help with anything for your machine, even if it is advise, I am here. 714-598-8392 and you can even Text me on that to save more time too.

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Right I am off to the shed myself as I am building a project, so, as the Terminater used to say.          ” I’ll be BAAK”

 

 


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