Have a first generation Ducati Monster and want to re-live the magic of “On Any Sunday”? Earle Motors has just the kit for you. Alex Earle was in just this same situation, and when it came time to spruce up his Monster, he decided to go radical. After thousands of man hours, his final creation […]
A Triumph Bonneville Unlike Any Other
The Bucephalus is not just another “Old Meets New” custom. It’s a completely fresh idea from Loaded Gun Customs, builders of other wild machines, combining a 1967 Triumph Bonneville twin — an iconic engine in its own right — and surrounding it with state-of-the-art performance components. Basically, if motorcycle engines ceased production in 1967, this would be a modern day racebike.
If you’re like me, your eyes start at the unique-looking frame. Built from 7075 aluminum, it uses the engine as a partially stressed member. Carbon engine plates help improve rigidity, and the oil cooler is discreetly mounted in between the frame rails for a clean yet functional appearance. The custom designed, and heavily braced, chromoly swingarm is mounted to the single shock without links.
Front suspension features a Buell X1 fork with upgraded internals from Race Tech. Stopping power is provided by Beringer four-piston calipers up front and a Brembo caliper in the rear.
Propelling the Bucephalus forward may be a 47-year-old engine parallel-Twin, but it has been heavily massaged. The modification list includes a 10 bolt head conversion, short stroke connecting rods, Nicasil coated aluminum cylinders, custom JRC TT exhaust pipes (with no baffle at the end!) and a pair of high-flow K&N air-filter pods.
Personally, I think the Bucephalus is gorgeous, and if it performs anything like it looks then it should be a real treat to ride. The best part is, if you’d like your own copy, go to Loaded Gun Customs and they will build you one.
Images: Erick Runyon