We were stoked to stumble across photographer Richard Le's work and were even more pumped when he agreed to shoot our custom Triumph, the Bullitt OG. Richard does the bulk of his work with cars and this was actually only the second bike he's shot before. Judging from these killer photos, it seems pretty clear that he's having no problems adjusting to shooting bikes.
We headed up to Treasure Island in San Francisco and found a big dark wall facing the Bay Bridge and proceeded to 'light paint' the bike. I helped work the remote trigger on the camera while Richard ran around the bike with a flash taking long exposures. He took multiple passes to get the light just where he wanted it.
We were totally stoked to get a full write up in Pipeburn, one of the biggest custom motorcycle sites in the world currently. In that post, the editor states;
"Now, we all have our opinions and right now this is mine; I believe this is the best looking Bonnie ever built, bar none."
It was fantastic exposure and a more than generous statement. Check out Pipeburn's write up here.
We've been busy putting the finishing touches on the Bullitt OG and getting her set for sale. With the bike all clean, a fresh coat of clear on the tank and the new ceramic-coated exhaust looking good, we figured it was due time to snap a few photos of the old girl.
While winter here in California doesn't require us to store our bikes like our brothers buried in the snow, between surf sessions and year-round riding we still take the time to maintain our machines. What started off as a little planned maintenance turned into a full tear down with lots of rebuilding, repainting, recoating and more!
Well, they sure come part easy don't they?
The paint on our tank was starting to some some wear so we decided it was time for a new coat of paint. Last go, we did a matte clear and we thought we'd change it up with a gloss coat.
One the bike was stripped down, we decided the exhaust might look good black. We opted for a matte black ceramic finish and are happy with the overall result.
Our Avon Distazia's were pretty worn down so we opted for a new set of Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corse II. So far they're working out great!
This bike is looking and riding better than ever before. Having said that, it may be time to go our separate ways. We will be selling the Bullitt OG soon. Hit us up at pat(@)thebullitt.com if you're interested before the listing goes live.This old girl has been taking a back seat to the CB build lately. She's still not finished, but probably never will be... Finally cleaned her off and took a few snaps.
The Bullitt OG hasn't had side covers for a number of years. I like the look of the pod filters but haven't yet taken the time to tidy up the tail, get an Li battery and make it look the way it should. They were just sitting on the shelf collecting dust and one afternoon I decided to pull 'em out and started hacking. Swing and a miss or base run? I'm still not sure...
Photoshop mock-up; top, middle or bottom?
Mocking up the new front end at British Customs
Getting closer: The Bullitt OG headed to a So Cal bike show with BC tank and tail.
British Customs custom triple trees with Modogadget 'Motoscope Mini'
The guys at Newport Mesa Powder Coating do great work for a very reasonable price. Definitely give them a shout if you have anything that needs a new coat.
I had chemically stripped my my spare tank down to bare metal and was just going to clear coat it myself. After talking to the guys at NMPC we ended up having them powder coat it in "alloy silver" and then throw a matte clear coat over it. Pretty happy with the results.
Prepping for powder coating
New tank, getting the chemical stripping treatment
The Bullitt was featured on BellaCorse.com as the bike of the month. August 2010
Thruxton seat and cowl
The bike, as purchased in 2008