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Bike of the Month - November/December 2013:
Chris "CC Rider" Coleman's Mighty 790
As new Bonnie’s go, my bike is nothing special. It was the very first new 790cc Bonnie which arrived at our local dealership in early 2001 and it has an 01/01 build date. I was told that each dealer would get one demo, so I went in, rode it & fell in love. The dealer reluctantly sold me their zero-mile demo leaving them without a new Bonnie on the floor.
Being one of the very first new Bonnie owners, I had to make or adapt
custom parts because no one made any for this model, including Triumph.
As the owner and host of the brand new New Triumph Bonneville Forum, I
experimented and shared ideas with hundreds of other new Bonnie owners
all over the world. Some of these are:
- Air injection “kit” using Nissan oil pan drain bolts
- Instrument cups made from stainless steel pet food containers
- Choke knob and seat bolts made from kitchen cabinet knobs
- Windscreen hand cut, drilled, heated and formed in the oven
- Breather modification that routes blowby directly into the carb throats
- The very first Bonnie Unifilter, which used my original as a model
- Harley Sportster drag bars
- Harley Softail bag rails
- Hand bobbed rear fender using a jigsaw
- JP Cycles Lucas-style taillight
- 530 chain & sprocket conversion for durability
- Cut down dirt bike fork gaiters
- Reupholstered café bump-stop seat
- Much taller final drive ratio to cut highway RPM’s
- Carb boots made from Home Depot no-hub drain connectors
- Both fenders, cam cover, various parts & chain guard were all chromed
- Frame plate in front custom machined out of brass
- Granturismo grips
- Halcyon polished stainless steel round bar-end mirrors
- Legendary Bub exhaust system
- Airbox baffle removed and re-jetted
- Lucas headlamp shell with MG clear convex stone guard
- Rear turn signals integrated with the license plate frame
- Front bullet signals which double as the headlight mounts
- Bungee spools made from conduit
- Barnett racing clutch & springs
- Barnett cables (Note – Throttle cable is hand built from bicycle brake cable materials.
- Factory centerstand
Having ridden motorcycles for 42 years and having worked as a motorcycle courier in L.A., I’ve come to rely on them as my basic transportation for work & play. That means daily commutes, delivering packages, getting groceries and hardware and even taking my dog Kirby with me camping and on rides. To do that I’ve built a steel dog basket, which mounts to the gas tank using nylon straps, camera foam and felt. Using my bike nearly everyday also means it racks up a lot of miles, and it has over 132,000 miles on the clock so far.
For those who wonder, the
motor is all
stock inside. It’s had two valve adjustments but no ring or
bearing replacements. Oil changes happened every 3000 miles
using non-synthetic diesel truck oil such as Delo or Delvac and with
higher mileage, I’ve recently switched to straight 50W single-vis
racing oil. I don’t baby my bike. It gets run hard
and put away wet. To keep the rings and valves in decent
throw a little castor oil in the gas tank.
For those in the LA Clan who ride with me, you know I tend to ride on the fast side. I run on Michelin Pilot Road 3 radials front and rear. The suspension is completely stock. No emulators, expensive shocks, steering dampers, fork braces or any other crap. Aside from the HH pads, the brakes are stock also. When asked how I make the bike handle and stop, I usually reply: Lean more and pull the lever harder.
you look closely at the
you’ll notice a scratch or scrape here, an oil or dirt stain there, an
unused bolt hole or a loose piece of bailing wire or electrical
tape. I deliberately equipped her with nothing wider than my
shoulders and foldable bar ends for lane splitting on LA freeways and
urban combat work. She’s the real deal, not some gussied up
weekend warrior. Enjoy…
BIR # 169
Moorpark, CA, USA