Red Baron Triumph Bonneville Cafe Racer

Earlier this year I ran a story on the “Big Chill”, an ’08 Triumph Bonneville Cafe Racer built by custom workshop Mean Machines. This latest Hinckley Bonneville from the Sydney based outfit which is aptly named the “Red Baron”, is essentially the same build spec as the Big Chill with one major difference, it has much bigger balls.

Mean Machines were obviously happy with how the Big Chill Bonnie turned out. The Red Baron has identical handling tweaks, the same lighting set up, the same fibreglass bodywork and the same rear foot pegs. While replicating a previous build might sound like a cop out the Red Baron is still an impressively thorough customisation of the donor bike. All the planning and design work that went in to the Big Chill has resulted in a “Bonneville formula” that produces a great handling and good looking Cafe Racer, so they did the one thing that anyone would do, they increased the bikes power.

Along with the improvements to the bikes exhaust (custom twin pipes with twin mufflers nestled under the belly pan), the hi-flow filters and Dyno tuned carbs; the Red Baron has been treated to a Wiseco 988cc Big Bore 1/4 Stroker kit.

That’s a little over 120cc’s of extra engine capacity. Add that to the power gains from all the weight reductions made during the build and you’ve got yourself the Bruce Lee of Hinckley Bonnies. Just as well they fit that same big, road holding 180 on the rear!

Build spec:

  • One off rear rim with 180 size tire
  • Custom shocks, short brake/clutch levers
  • CNC top bridge
  • Clipons
  • Rearset foot pegs
  • Custom fiberglass tail section and front fender
  • Bates headlight
  • Posh indicators
  • Mini speedo
  • Custom exhaust system
  • Revised/redesigned wiring harness
  • K&N filters, dyno tuned and calibrated carbs