Suppose you like the old British bikes, the looks are just right, the sound of the twin is perfect, but let’s face it, if you’re used to riding current motorcycles, shifting on the right is easy to get wrong, especially when touching what your brain believes is the rear brake and you unceremoniously downshift with a crunch. And then there’s the slight matter of drum brakes, they work well enough, but when you’re used to discs, they’re just not the same, and who wouldn’t appreciate a bigger engine? Well, what if you could have the looks of a beautiful ’72 Bonneville, but have the amenities of a ’76? That’s what this owner did with this 1976 Triumph Bonneville restomod.
This bike is spotless, it’s looks right from every angle, but there’s a 750cc engine in place of the 650 you’ll find in the earlier model, it has disc brakes on both ends and the shift lever is on the left where most of us feel at home. When you pick up the pace and you have to react quickly, that extra second when you brain has to reverse feet for shifting and braking can get you into trouble. Of course if you’re on classic British bikes all the time, it’s no big deal, but the disc brakes and 100cc bigger engine still make this restomod an appealing ride.
If you’re a purist, you’ll turn up your nose at any hint of non original parts or configurations, but if you want a really nice looking rider that will still get you all of the admiring glances of an original, here’s a nice option. It’s for sale on eBay.