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post #1 of 189 (permalink) Old 07-24-2018, 02:42 PM Thread Starter
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2015 Bonneville SE: This machine kills squares

A few weeks back I found a 2015 Bonneville SE for sale, with 96 miles on it. The bike was located in Arizona. Im in Los Angeles. The asking price $5500, which was more than a deal; practically a steal. So I immediately jumped into a truck, drove out and picked up the bike. I walked away paying only $5k, which is crazy!



This is my second triumph. My first was a 2012 Triumph Thruxton that I customized a bit- mostly bolt on parts but also gutted the bits between the side covers and opened it up to make it look like a vintage bike. I documented that build and if you're interested it can be found here: https://www.triumphrat.net/club-cafe...lp-myself.html


That Thruxton was great and in the time I owned it, LIFE happened; I broke my foot; got really sick that ended up in a few surgeries; moved 4 times; hurt my lower back; etc etc. Needless to say the bike had very low miles on it and with the pain in my back I ended up selling it. I wasn't done riding by any means and had been searching for the perfect bonneville. It took 13 months to find it, but here it is in all its stock glory!

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post #2 of 189 (permalink) Old 07-24-2018, 02:55 PM Thread Starter
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I have some plans for this bike because the way it sits, doesnt really work for me. So I ordered a ton of parts.
I bought most of the parts from Lossa Engineering. The exhaust from British Customs. Ordered the Handlebars from eBay. Got some parts from cognito moto. The seat is from Wilder Factory. And a few odds and ends from other sites.

Thankfully the parts arrived around the same time my appointment with the DMV was to take place. So right after I was able to get my bike registered in CA I went straight home and started pulling the bike apart.


Plans for the bike:
- gut air box
-new handlebars
-motogadget speedo
-new brake and indicator lights
-move regulator
-bobbed fender
-new grips
-new mirror
-new suspension front and rear
-iron cobra battery tray
-new seat
-new pegs
-new headlight

good thing i got the bike so cheap. practically buying a second bike in all the NEW parts...
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post #3 of 189 (permalink) Old 07-24-2018, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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First up: Time to strip...

Mirrors - gone!


Rear Fender along with lights- gone!



Grab rail- gone!


Stock Sprocket cover- gone!
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QUICK CHANGES:

I swapped the stock pegs out for the ones by LSL (rear passenger pegs too):


The front brake reservoir got updated to the one offered by British Customs:


And the sprocket got covered a new cover as well:

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Pic of the seat? What seat did you go with? I've tried Burton, Thruxton Gel, cheapo from overseas and still searching for the perfect combo of looks and comfort.
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Before we get into the HEAVY stuff lets do a quick comparison on seats...
Now there's many options when it comes to seats the motivations behind which seat an individual picks. For me my motivation is purely aesthetic.
Years back I was contacted through this forum by a guy named Wilder. He asked to see my thruxton in person because he wanted to see if his model for a new
seat design would a fit a Thruxton with the mods I had done. Fast forward a number of years and Wilder has his own company called Wilder Factory and hes making some
really awesome parts. I hit him up and he hooked me up with a seat. I think he offers the best looking seats on the market. Now what they dont have in padding they make up in looks.
In all my research the seat by Wilder Factory is the only one that has a truly slim profile. It's the only one that truly hugs the frame of the bonneville and doesnt have a huge lump in the front where it contacts the tank.

Im very happy with this seat, though it doesnt have much padding but thats ok with me because my longest ride probably no more than 45 minutes and as stiff as my bike is now with the new suspension, I am not sure a soft seat would make that much of a difference...

Here are some images:








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A FEW MORE QUICK CHANGES:

The front end of this bike is way to bulky for me so Im opting for a smaller 5 3/5" Bates mounted headlight. This means I need to move the regulator, ignition and horn.



With the stock headlight gone and regulator unplugged, the bates mount can get installed:




I ended up buying the motone regulator mount:


Which as we all know puts the regulator in the horn's factory position:


Regulator installed:



And for the horn, I ended up finding a tab under the tank that i cold bolt the horn to. It's still plenty loud in the new hidden location:
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HEADLIGHT:

So as I mentioned, I opted for a smaller 5 3/4" bates style headlight. This is much smaller than the stock headlight. I bought mine from low brow customs I believe. And ended up buying a LED conversion bulb from cognitomoto because I have found in my experience that these bulbs are very dull.

The LED bulb is pretty legit quality:

And swaps in real easily:





Now this is a terrible photo of the LED bulb working. But please believe me when I say that I am truly impressed by this bulb. Normally when I ride, I always have the brights on. This bulb is so bright, that I am keeping it on normal, even at night. It's very very bright and well worth the cost for the upgrade.


I found this stone guard on eBay. It was a horrible experience trying to mount it to the headlight. But I got it done. However, the experience was so terrible that I forgot to take a photo of it installed...
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Things are definitely shifting around and as a result of losing the stock headlight and ears, I had to remount my ignition. There are some pretty standard options that mount the ignition on the left or right of the front down tube of the frame. These mounts are cool but I wanted something different. One night, during one of my typical moments of insomnia, I came across a company called BAAK Motorcyclettes. They offer a crazy ignition mount which puts it right about the throttle body. Their photos weren't very clear but I ordered one up anyways because the idea of having the ignition in this location seemed pretty cool.

What you get in the package is a very sturdy mount that bolts to the frame, above throttle body, and an extension wire harness. In order to move the ignition to this new location, you need to pull the stock wire harness back towards the rear of the bike. As a result, you need an extension for the wires that lead up the headlight, which is provided in this mount kit...

Ignition mount parts posing with the headlight:


Wire extension:


Baak Mount close up:


Baak Mount with ignition:



Baak Mount installed:


Bakk Mount installed with ignition:


Bakk Mount with ignition and tank and seat back on:



This is a super clean sturdy mount and I love the location of the ignition now. I love how its abnormal. Even some friends of mine who own triumphs went ahead and ordered the same mount after seeing mine. It's super cool and gives the bike a vintage feel....
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Pic of the seat? What seat did you go with? I've tried Burton, Thruxton Gel, cheapo from overseas and still searching for the perfect combo of looks and comfort.
I went with the brat style seat from Wilder Factory!
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