[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.”
[We found the video (below) on YouTube and contacted Nick through that site to do a feature. He joined BonnevilleAmerica.com and will participate as time allows. We hope you like his bike as much as we do. It's not the first America we've seen with a Standard Bonneville tank, but it's super clean. And it doesn't hurt that he has professional photography to share from a feature on Chopcult.com]
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 BonnevilleAmerica.com member Chad Turner (locopony). From the article on Streetchopperweb.com…
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.
BA.com is by far the best triumph site on the web for these kind of “old School” (read cheap) type mods. When I first bought my BA, I had never really done any carb or pipe tuning and have learned a ton (enough to be dangerous) through this site. Never knew you could craft a set of tunable pipes with just a few nuts and bolts. — Patrick Gilligan (Gilligan), USA
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