Weekend Projects: Triumph Bobber

Transforming your Triumph into a bobber with the help of British Customs

The Birdman Bobber by British Customs
The Birdman Bobber by British CustomsBritish Customs

With the reveal of the new Triumph Bonneville Bobber and the resurgence of the garage-built bobber scene sweeping across the globe, many riders new and experienced are directing their interest towards this history-rich style of motorcycle. The Triumph Bonneville Bobber is a beautiful modern interpretation of the iconic bobber style with its retro-inspired detailing including the seat pan, rear mudguard loop, drum brake-inspired rear wheel hub, ignition barrel, and slash cut exhaust. Current Triumph owners looking longingly at these new models need not despair though over the thought of having to buy a new motorcycle if they want to have a bobber.

For riders who want to create bobbers with their current Triumphs the same way they used to back in the good ol' days, be it with a modern classic such as the Bonneville or a cruiser such as the Speedmaster, British Customs has released Weekend Projects upgrades packages that can transform a Triumph in a weekend.

The Birdman Bobber by British Customs
The Birdman Bobber by British CustomsBritish Customs

Originally, bobbers were built by riders in their own garages with their own tools, and weren’t just walked off the showroom floor. Because of this, bobbers earned their iconic status by nature of being passion projects instead of something that could just be purchased. With this in mind, British Customs’ Weekend Projects upgrade packages include everything a rider needs to fully customize their own bike with parts they can install themselves using common tools. With these Weekend Projects upgrade packages, riders can get the satisfaction of building something for themselves and the pride that comes with it, instead of buying one off the lot.

Weekend Projects upgrades cover:

  • Appearance (Seats, relocation kits, detailing)
  • Controls (Handlebars, foot pegs, gauge brackets)
  • Driveline (Sprocket covers, chains, wheel conversion kits)
  • Lighting (Turn signals, headlights, tail lights)
  • Performance (Exhaust, air box removal kits, air injection removal kits)
  • And more
Tony Hawk bobber
Tony Hawk on the Birdman Bobber by British CustomsBritish Customs

To showcase the power of what can be done with Weekend Projects, British Customs built a bobber from a Triumph Speedmaster in collaboration with skateboard legend and motorcycle enthusiast Tony Hawk. The bike, called “The Birdman Bobber,” was also created to help raise awareness and donations for the Tony Hawk Foundation, which is committed to building communities through creating skateparks in low-income communities.

In the spirit of the bobbers of the 40s, British Customs stripped off everything the bike didn’t need and started rebuilding it from there. Bobbers were born from a principle of mechanical minimalism, and the Birdman Bobber is a modern recreation of this. To begin, the stock seat was replaced with a low profile seat featuring Hybrid Gel Technology for added comfort, the control setup was replaced with iconic ape hanger handlebars, both the front and rear wheels were swapped out for bobber style wheels, and the exhaust system was upgraded with a full performance package including Cocktail Shaker Slip-Ons, an air box removal kit, an air injection removal kit, and a Dynojet Power Commander V to get every last drop of juice out of the engine. To give it a unique touch, British Customs swapped out the Speedmaster fuel tank with a Bonneville tank to give the bike a peanut tank look. The end result was a completely transformed motorcycle, built entirely with common tools.

To check out how you can customize your own bike using Weekend Projects, visit the British Customs website.

The Birdman Bobber by British Customs
The Birdman Bobber by British CustomsBritish Customs