a play-by-play, blow-by-blow account of my transformation from a stock 2007 triumph bonneville to a custom, blacked-out, brat bonnie.
I'm new to your blog but after discovering it, read virtually every post you've done. My blog started out the same way...charting my personal build progress but evolved into something else over time. I love your (bike's) point of view during the posts. Very fun and clever. Keep up the good work!
honored and flattered. thanks for the interest and note. i hope to get another bike going very soon. cheers.
hi scott, how did you finish your polished tank? just a clear coating? or powder coating?cheersdavid
It's not cleared or coated, just stripped and hand polished. It requires a touch up every month or so, but actually has a really nice patina.
Hi Scott,Firstly, great blog. Super interesting, well done and love the bike!I'm just starting a similar project over the winter up here in Portland OR. I'm trying to figure out my tire choice as it effects so much else on the bike. I've also been looking at Coker Classic Diamonds (Front 400-19 / Rear 450-18) on Excel Shouldered rims.I'd love to know how well the Cokers ride? I wouldn't expect modern street tire performance, but I also want to feel confient on them.It would be great to hear your first hand experience!Thanks, David.
hey david. thanks for the kind words. it was a fun build and i'm itching to start another. as for the tires...it all depends on what kind of riding you're doing. for around town and to and from the coffee shop rides, they're perfect. if you're planning on putting the highway miles down, i might look elsewhere. they do look pretty tasty though. good luck with the build and keep me posted. cheers.
Hey Scott. Thanks for getting back to me. I will mostly be riding around town and doing the 10mile commute to work when the weather is nice. Other than that, it's leisurely Sunday rides in to the country... I'd be really interested to know how they performed on your trip to Malibu?Cheers!
PS. Did you take the front fender off for aesthetic or functional reasons?I was wondering if the stock fender brackets will work with a 19 x 400
David, did you get my email response?
Hi Scott, this is awesome! I'm personally taking my bonnie through a conversion as well, I'm using the 4.50-18 firestone, front and back. But my rear seems a little low compared to yours, not really sure why. May I know what is the length of your rear shocks? My bonnie is an SE and I'm running a pair of shocks that's about 10mm longer than stock.May I also know what handlebar you are using? Here's a picture of my project: http://instagram.com/p/cuOsQxAl9T/Thanks!
Really like what you’ve done with the tank. What did you use to strip the paint off the tank and then to polish? Aircraft paint stripper? Wire brush? I’ve read about various methods but I like the look you’ve achieved. Any info helps. Thanks!
Thanks for the note and the compliment. Actually, it was a combination of the techniques you mentioned. I started with a chemical striper (I think it was one of the orange-based, enviro-friendly ones). And you have to be patient. Apply liberally and cover. Then strip and repeat. Once you get the majority off, switch to a drill mounted wire brush or rotary tool. After all the paint and primer are off, you can start to polish. I used a heavy duty scotch pad to start, but then worked through a variety of polishes applied with a cotton wheel. It takes time, but the results are really nice. Then you just have to decide if you want to seal the tank with clear, or keep it exposed. Good luck!