The phones ran hot at Old Empire Motorcycles after they released their T120 collaboration with Triumph last year. So the English workshop decided to build a more useable and refined version, with similar aesthetics—and creature comforts like lights.
Here it is, and very classy it looks too: a Bonneville that has signed up to the gym, and gained a sleeker, more muscular mien.
A current-spec T120 was purchased and delivered to OEM’s headquarters in the historic country town of Diss. The chaps started the strip down, but with more care than usual: “The build brief was to keep mad modifications to a minimum,” says founder Alec Sharp. “We achieved the ‘line’ by dropping the front end and replacing the rear shocks with uprated Fox units.”
The back end was sliced and diced: a new hoop was made, and machined in sections to accommodate a Z-Flex LED light strip—which includes both the rear brake lights and indicators.…