When it comes to custom bikes England still seems to like its home-grown machines and so 2WheelsMiklos does a lot of Triumphs.
Good Friday 2016 was a particularly nice day for them. Great weather and a first serious outing for my Bonnie Scrambler. The bike was finished by 2WheelsMiklos before Christmas, however, today was the first time the weather was good enough for a proper shakedown ride. Miklos joined me on his Rocket III bobber as we meandered through the Surrey countryside taking in Petworth and Midhurst on the A272 and then finishing with a blast up the A3 through the Hindhead tunnel back to Guildford.
My bike is a 2005 carburetted 865cc T100 Bonneville. The seating position has been raised to accommodate my height using a single seat saddle whose sub-frame is mounted on top of the bikes’s frame. The scrambler design includes the high level braced handlebar, scrambler footpegs, high level front fender and cut down rear fender, adventure tyres (on black painted rims), engine crash plate and rubber boots on the forks. The engine is much more free breathing given the bespoke exhausts and the period pancake air filters. The headlight is an LED Bike-It unit and the instruments have been lowered to just above the light. The ignition is now located on the left hand side of the frame. The tail light is from Rodder. The centre of the bike has been de-cluttered – no air box, small Shorai lithium battery mounted under the seat and cut down and sculpted side panels.
I was blown away by the comfort of the riding position and how well the engine performs after the bike’s weight loss and with its free breathing. Also great to report that in 60 miles it did not miss a beat. I am really looking forward to the riding season proper – many miles to come!
Miklos’ 2004 Rocket III is also something special. You do not see many 2,300cc bobbers and few done with this style. The dominant feature is the exhaust system. Hand-made stainless header pipes married to tail pipes from the 1970s X75 Hurricane (itself based on the BSA Rocket 3 of that era). Together with the cut down rear and front fenders, belly pan, swing arm bag and side mounted number plate, twin Vincent tail lights and an eye catching black on white paint job – this is a bike with a difference.
It has all the power and torque of the stock bike but in a package which seems a lot more nimble. Clearly Miklos loves riding it – another custom which looks good and is reliable.