Damaged Triumph Bonneville Restored to Racing Specs
Unlike others, Bret had to work really hard to earn the needed money, and as he says, the hardest part of all this was to convince his parents to back up his loan. Back in 1990, Bret thought of doing some rebuilding and more extensive repairs such as repainting the frame and it was then when the Triumph started to look more like a cafe-racer.
Rear sets, clubman bars, a small front cowl and dual exhausts came into place, inspiring Bret to ride harder and harder, until a corner he approached too fast put an end to all the road racing. Bret was alright, but the bike wasn't.
In fact it has been sitting in a barn for 13 years until one of Bret's friends convinced him to restore and ride it again. And since Bret has already started a fiberglass bodywork company, restoring and transforming the old Triumph Bonneville 750 Special into a showcase bike was only natural.
What you see now is all Bret's custom fiberglass, and performance-focused upgrades, such as the dual disc front brake with steel braided brake lines, belt drive, Norton diaphragm clutch, Dunstall exhaust, Redwing rear shocks, and a heap of other engine tweaks. Not sure we like the crankcase breathing system hose too much, but it'll have to do. Seen on The 1 Moto.
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