Richard Pollock of Mule Motorcycles, a regular here at The Kneeslider, just finished a really sweet Triumph based street tracker for a client, it's called "Sun of Mule." Starting with a 2006 Triumph Bonneville sourced on eBay, Richard was told he had to work within a tight budget, so the extensive modifications he might otherwise have implemented didn't make the cut. Instead, he focused on styling and ride quality, engine mods were limited to the British Customs exhaust, but no one looking at this bike would think anything was missing, it looks absolutely great!
Here's Richard's component list and summary of what he did:
XR Harley fiberglass seat and aluminum Trackmaster fuel tank. Mule triple clamps with Buell M-2 Cyclone 43mm adjustable forks. Brakes are (2) 4-piston Brembos up front with a small 2-piston Brembo rear. The front rotors are from a TZ750 Yamaha roadracer and the rear is late 90's Galfer intended for a YZ250. Rear master cylinder and pedal/pegs are stock and the front is a GSXR1000 radial master-cylinder mounted on stock sized 1" handlebars. Stock size handlebars were retained to be able to use the stock switches and throttle, again to stay within the budget.
Front wheel is an 80's KZ440 front and the rear is a KZ900 front widened to 3.5" by Kosman. The most work as usual went into the bearing/disc/sprocket carriers to marry up the wheels and componentry to fit the bike and line everything up correctly.
The second block of work that was fairly time consuming was fitting the stock headlight brackets to the new fork tubes and wider triple clamps. To me, that part was really worth the effort.
That ended up being the easiest part (relatively speaking). This is my third Triumph build of this type, and as is always the case, I'll do the next one slightly different. I've wanted to do this silver powdercoat color on a frame for quite some time and when the owner, "Sun" said that he wanted everything silver, now was the time!
Why didn't I do this or that? I blame everything on the budget!
Nice work, Richard!
It's amazing what potential is hiding right there in the standard Triumph Bonneville. As we've so often noted, why Triumph, or any other factory, doesn't offer something like this is puzzling. No brand new design is required, no all new engine, just start with what you already have and make some changes. In these times of lower budgets, you might think variations on an existing model would be a logical move for a company. Even if the numbers that would sell are not huge, you would be attracting a different segment of potential buyers, but, I'm sure the factories have their reasons.
Unless or until the manufacturers decide to go this route, you can always contact Mule Motorcycles and have Richard build one for you.
Link: Mule Motorcycles