Perkins Bonneville

Posted by David Perkins on Tuesday 19 February 2013 | 6 Comments

Perkins Bonneville

I’ve been working on this 2004 T100 Bonneville since the end of last year. Personally, as nice as the standard Bonneville’s are, they’re not for me. The whole Cafe Racer scene has always interested me, the original Ton Up boys had the right idea with the look of their bikes and this is the style that I wanted.

I’ve tapped into the skills of local fabricator Chainsaw Motorcycles for custom-made parts to get my bike finished. So, here is my Bonneville prior to the last set of modifications before I can call it ‘done’.

Click through for a whole load more photos.

Perkins Bonneville

I will freely admit that the electrical tape across the front light looks cool, it’s also used to stop the vibration at about 5,000rpm from the front glass. The rubber seal needs replacing so at the moment it buzzes when it gets to mid-high rev range.

Perkins Bonneville

Perkins Bonneville

I wanted to side mount my reg plate to clean up the back-end of the bike, for this Stu Chainsaw handmade me a plate bracket that bolts onto the bottom of the left hand rear shock.

Perkins Bonneville

The horn might need a little relocating in the future, it sticks out like a sore thumb now that the reg/rec has been relocated to make some room for the lower front headlight. Again, thanks to Chainsaw for the custom reg/rec relocation, works so well!

Perkins Bonneville

We also relocated the ignition because of the new light brackets on the front. There’s not much space left to mount this so Stu found the best place for it.

Perkins Bonneville

The clip-on’s, light bracket, gaiters and the removal of the front mudguard cleaned up the front end of the bike. I can’t wait to try it out and see how it feels. The earlier ace bars were awesome, but there’s something about clip-on’s that just look incredible.

Perkins Bonneville

Then there’s the single clock mount. 100% handcrafted by Chainsaw Motorcycles, which looks amazing. It’s perfect… I saw whole load of bolt on versions of this, but none of them tickled my fancy really. So when I saw this mounted to my bike, I was in awe! Check out the close up photo’s below.

Perkins Bonneville

Perkins Bonneville

Perkins Bonneville

Perkins Bonneville

There’s just a couple more things to sort out which are the rear shocks which in turn will allow for the removal of the centre stand. I also need to rejet it and change the needles in the engine which should then allow for a bell-mouth air intake. Can’t wait for that… should feel like a new bike once that’s done.

The final thing (if it all pans out) will be some incredible paint work, but I need to get this finalised so it might not happen yet. Fingers crossed eh?

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  • Nick Wade

    Hey, love the custom job. Some great stuff!

    I’m actually coming to the end of my build and I’ve got a few little things to complete. One of which is the pipes. I’m planning on putting tape on my exhaust and was wondering if you could tell me how much tape you needed for your bike?

    Any info would be much appreciated and good look with the last few bits on your bike!!

    Kind regards,
    Nick

  • http://deafpigeon.co.uk/ David Perkins

    Hi Nick,

    I bought 10m of the exhaust wrap and had some spare, but i guess the length needed all depends on the length of the headers and how close you coil the wrap.

    Next round of new additions and changes will be happening in the next month or 2, they’re pretty big changes/full custom parts so they may take longer than first thought.

    Thanks for your comment,
    Dave

  • MarkE

    what silencers are those? I’m looking for something that sounds retro and beefy but as I go to work at 5:30 i don’t want to be murdered by my neighbours. I tried some tulip megas and they were stupidly loud even with extra baffles. which exhausts sound best?