Archive for the ‘Custom Hinckley’ Category

Great Escape Bonneville from Italy

March 21st, 2011 Comments off

[At first I thought this was a Scrambler, but indeed it appears to be based on a standard Bonneville. Nicely done regardless--FJ]

Dino’s latest creation is this Bonneville, and he’s done a remarkable job in giving a modern Triumph an authentic vintage look. (So we’ll forgive him the ubiquitous Steve McQueen reference—the bike is called ‘La Grande Fuga’, meaning Great Escape.) There’s a suicide shift on the left, the exhaust has been cannibalized from an Iveco van, and the seat is a genuine 1939 Harley-Davidson item. The matte green military paint is equally authentic: it’s from a sixty-year-old cache discovered in a Czech warehouse.

More pictures at BikeEXIF.

Custom Hinckley Bonneville Chopper

March 13th, 2011 Comments off

[While Kevin is a member this bike is based on a standard Triumph Bonneville so it is being featured as a custom Hinckley instead. Kevin is cool with that. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.-FJ]

Several years ago Kevin Cook (Midget11) embarked on a massive project, converting a standard Triumph Bonneville to a true, from-the-ground-up, hardtail chopper. He contacted Bitter End Choppers to build a custom frame to house the Hinckley drivetrain. The bike was featured on the Bikernet website, and while a few excerpts are shown below, visit that article for the complete story. When it was done, Kevin says, “It was featured in The Horse Back Street Choppers mag and many others.”

Forum thread from 2005

Photos © Kevin Cook, used with permission

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The Brown Eyed Cyclops

February 28th, 2011 Comments off

Street Chopper Magazine is featuring a very cool custom Hinckley hard tail on their web site (and possibly in print). It was brought to our attention by member Chad Turner (locopony). From the article on…

A guy named Josh from California looked us up and said he had a 2004 Bonneville that he wanted to do something with. Now Josh is a helicopter machine gunner, and he was about to head back to the desert for another tour. We knew he had the sack to undertake this project and see it all the way through with us.

We came up with a design for this modern Triumph that retained a healthy respect for the old ways. Then we went to see our friend Josh at Killer Chopper to work it out for production. A little while later, our first prototype frame was back and ready to rock.

There are over a dozen additional photos available at along with a long tale of how this bike came to be.

Custom Hinckley-based Cafe Racer

February 8th, 2011 Comments off

[Admin note: we're going to expand the scope of this blog to include custom bikes based on the 790-865cc Hinckley Triumph Twin, which started production in 2001 and includes not only the America and Speedmaster, but the Bonneville series, Scrambler and Thruxton.]

This impressive cafe racer from Osborne Cycles includes many custom touches including a handbuild gas tank and CAD designed rearsets.

I considered starting with a 60′s Triumph or BSA as the donor bike but after much deliberation I ended up with a 2001 model Triumph Bonneville.

With the bike stripped back to the bare frame/motor and a rough sketch stuck on the wall I started to experiment with tank and seat shapes using sections of foam board taped to the bike. With the proportions roughly set I started to fabricate the plugs for the seat and tank moulds. I used a combination of balsa wood, foam, fibreglass and body filler to build the plugs. Many hours were spent cutting sanding and tweaking the shape until it was symmetrical. With a pair of clean plugs the tank and seat moulds and parts were made.

Check out the original article with several pictures of the build in progress.

The Hinckley Twin is a rock-solid platform for building just about anything you desire, from street tracker to cafe racer to touring bagger. Check back often or subscribe to our newsfeed to see more examples coming soon.

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