Return of the Cafe Racers - Whirling Golden Triumph Bonneville

Whirling Golden Triumph Bonneville

Experiments go one of two ways, success or failure and in this case I’m happy to say it’s a complete success. This custom 2009 Triumph Bonneville T100 named “The Whirling Golden”  is the work of photographer/designer Barrett Huang and Taipei custom motorcycle builders Sherman Ma (Da Zhong Motor) and Iron Lai (Motor Shows). The Triumph took three months to complete and is currently causing quite a stir online…

…and rightly so. The Bonneville has an extensive list of modifications that cover every aspect of its construction. The 865cc parallel twin now breathes much easier thanks to the removal of the air box and the fitment of a pair of K&N hi-flowing pod filters. Then an all black D&D 2 in to 1 exhaust system frees up the opposite end of the combustion process while a reprogrammed ECU ensures mixtures are right and horsepower is maximised.

While the Bonnie was stripped its frame was trimmed of any unwanted tabs and resprayed. The transmission covers, side covers and the cut down front and rear fenders were all powder coated black. A new lower profile seat was custom made along with a fork brace to stiffen up the front end. Other improvements to the Triumphs handling were achieved with the addition of an 18′ Thruxton rim on the front and 17′ on the rear both wrapped in Bridgestone BT45’s, the front forks sit 3cm lower and now have progressive springs and a pair of Bitubo shocks keep the back end true.


To finish off the Bonneville T100 the yellow metal flake paint scheme was applied to its tank, complete with airbrushed details and matching bronze filler cap. The Whirling Golden’s look was completed with the addition of a vintage headlight, mini speedo and mini tail light, Roughcrafts Fighterbar and vintage style grips.

If the aim of this experiment was to prove “You can make a Triumph Bonneville T100 look a whole lot sexier” then their hypothesis is definitely proven.


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