Mitch's Triumph Bonneville


It's not easy to successfully mix old and new parts when building a bike. Usually an old bike with late-model parts ends up looking like the owner couldn't figure out what he wanted. Mitch's machine is the exception to this rule, as the modern sport bike front end looks right at home on his '66 Bonneville. What makes it even better is that Mitch built it himself. From the sludge trap to the paint, it's a job he can claim with pride. Here's Mitch's story:

Here is my bike I have been building over the past five years in my garage. I started with just the frame and some random parts in a box. It's a '66 Triumph Bonneville engine and frame, with a weld-on hardtail. The front end, brake and clutch levers and brake caliper are off an '07 Suzuki GSXR. I had to turn down the stem to fit Triumph neck bearings. The front wheel, tire and brake rotor are from an '09 Harley.

The rear is a Triumph 16-inch wrapped in an Avon MKII, with stock rear drum brakes. The oil tank is Moon with stock and custom brackets. Biltwell seat and grips, Benchmark kicker. Headlight from a Kenworth truck shop. Paint was done in a garage paint booth by myself and a buddy with gunmetal silver flake from remnants of a late '80s Mazda paint job. KOSO digital speedo on left side of seat.

I rebuilt the motor over the last winter with all new guts. Added a Tri-Spark ignition and new Amal 930's. Wrapped TT exhaust with aluminum tips. There's also an SRM oil rocker feed. Thanks a ton to Lowbrow Customs for taking piles of my money, and also Steadfast Cycles out of California.



Owner/builder: Mitch Sander

Location: Yakima Washington 

Engine year, make, model and modifications: 1966 Triumph Bonneville 650

Frame: 1966 Triumph

Fork: '07 Suzuki GSXR

Chassis mods: Hardtailed, cutom fender and oil tank mounts.

Tire/wheel size and style: Rear: 16" Triumph with Avon MKII rear; front: 19" front Harley hub, rim and tire

Favorite thing about this bike: Riding it, of course

Next modification: Maybe a big bore kit

Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: Titmouse taillight

Back story: On my way to pick up the frame, I had to hitchhike with my brother after his rig blew up in the middle of nowhere. We got picked up by a guy in a tiny pickup who listened to Meat Loaf for the entire three-hour drive

Thanks: My brother Nick, the local triumph graybeard Dennis, Lowbrow, Steadfast Cycles, and Savannah Jones for the great pictures

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Commented on 10-19-2011 At 05:09 am

That turned out bitchin Mitch! Sorry we took so much of your money, but what you ended up with is worth it! Cheers, Kyle

Commented on 10-19-2011 At 06:11 am


Commented on 10-19-2011 At 06:34 am

Bad Ass!!!

Commented on 10-19-2011 At 08:34 am

what handbrake is that?

Commented on 10-19-2011 At 08:37 am

i should learn to read.. sorry...

Commented on 10-19-2011 At 09:00 am

Fuck yeah Mitch! Good job buddy. Now swipe that norton and get to work.

Commented on 10-19-2011 At 09:19 am

It's just me I know,but a Gixxer front end with a single disc seems kind of odd
to me..

Commented on 10-19-2011 At 09:31 am


Commented on 10-19-2011 At 11:39 am

@ davidabl- yea i agree, but dual discs would just be too much goin on. Beauty in simplicity.

Commented on 10-19-2011 At 01:13 pm

This bike is so hot it's scorchin' my eyeballs!!

Shit, I can't stand it!!!

Great work!

Commented on 10-19-2011 At 02:21 pm

Hes not kidding about the Meat Loaf. If i never hear anything by him again ill be happy. Congrats Bro!

Commented on 10-19-2011 At 02:27 pm

Dang nice ride!

Commented on 10-19-2011 At 03:45 pm

Bout goddamn time he got some credit for this piece of work! It's even prettier in real life. Congrats brother! Looking forward to many more rides with you!

Commented on 10-19-2011 At 04:55 pm

Well done!

Commented on 10-19-2011 At 11:58 pm

Damn.... I really like it..... a whole friggin lot.

Commented on 10-20-2011 At 04:47 pm

Exactly what a Triumph chop should look like. Now ride the piss out of it!

Commented on 10-22-2011 At 05:10 pm

Sweet ass ride man. Congrats on the build.

Commented on 10-23-2011 At 01:11 pm

Great job Mitch! Best example of a modern front end on a classic Trump bobber I've seen- good work mate!

Commented on 6-22-2013 At 05:41 am

Absolutely stunning!

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