The Bullitt OG


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.




It seems that Pipeburn, wasn't the one ones who dug Richard's dark, dramatic photos. Our bike, and these photos in particular, were featured by Triumph Australia, and by popular Instagram profiles like @caferacersofinstagram and @black_list, who has 2 million followers! Obviously we think our build is pretty cool, but getting them photographed in a unique and killer way was beyond cool. We loved getting the chance to work with Richard and will definitely be calling on him for more shoots in the future.



Richard Le Photography: Web |  Facebook | Instagram 


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.





The Bullitt OG has headed off for sale at Marin Speed Shop in San Rafael, CA. If anyone is interested in buying the bike now, please send a note to pat@thebullitt.com. Willing and able to ship to the right person.


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.

Though I'm still not loving the gold forks as much as I hoped, I'm still stoked on the overall transformation. 

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?

Getting closer: The Bullitt OG headed to a So Cal bike show with BC tank and tail.

Mocking up the new front end at British Customs


British Customs custom triple trees with Modogadget 'Motoscope Mini'

British Customs 2-into-1 exhaust system


The Bullitt finally got some new black shoes courtesy of BA Moto.

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


Airbox removal

New badges
Header tape and Thruxton rearsets

Thruxton bars

Thruxton seat and cowl


Side-mounted plate


The bike, as purchased in 2008

36 comments:

  1. Are the Ohlins from a donor bike? if so what bike did you swap from?

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    1. I wish they were Ohlins! They're actually forks off a '04 GSXR 1000.

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  2. did you buy this bike new? what year is it?

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    1. Hey there - I actually bought the bike used but it was in stock condition. The bike started off as a 2005 Bonneville Black.

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  3. How hard was getting the Mini Moto Gadget hooked up? Looking to do the same triple tree on my '10 Thruxton.
    Found a nice pair of '07 GSXR 1000 forks with triple tree and front wheel. Thinking of doing the same from conversion. I've heard that the fork offset on the thruxton is slightly different than the Bonnies.

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    1. Let me start by saying I hate wiring! The actual wiring itself was not overly complicated but the wires that come off the unit are pretty damn thin. It made stripping and soldering a bit of a pain...

      Good luck with your conversion!

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    2. Good afternoon Patrick
      I'm doing swap front end complete from thruxton 900 2013 to Gsxr 1000 2007 or newest
      Can u help me how to make it fit
      Due to lower n upper tree
      Thank u very much

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    3. Hi Cn, if you have a complete front end (triples included), what I would recommend to do would be to press out the Thruxton steering stem and press it into the GSXR triples. You will likely need a new lower bearing; I got my from All Balls. Good luck!

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  4. How can I get one of those triple trees? Been trying very hard with no luck

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    1. British Customs sells them! If you have any trouble, give them a call and they can help dial you in. Good luck!

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  5. Just ordered my motoscope mini. Can anyone share info on actually installing it?

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    1. Hey Jonny, I recall the wires were very thin and took some patience to get right. I did it at British Customs where we had more than one set of eyes/hands on it. If you're not confident in your wiring abilities, maybe take it to a local shop? Good luck!

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  6. I'm looking at an '06 stock Bonneville with the hopes of turning it into your 31st pic. I love the front end conversion, but don't want to get ahead of myself. This is a beautiful project.

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    1. Thanks Mike! My advice would be to take your time, get to know your bike and build it up to suit your riding style. There are so many different routes to go with these modern Triumphs. Enjoy the ride!!

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    2. Do you know of any shops in Costa Mesa that would be able to fabricate pieces for the bike? I have found a few custom one-offs, but do not know where to take the pics and ask...can you do this for me? I'm stoked on the Newport Mesa Powder Coating plug, a few of my friends have had a lot of work done for their bikes, boats, and other builds. Thank you.

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    3. Hey Mike, there's Chris Parker who is a super high end metal fabricator. He's typically working on big projects and doesn't have a lot of spare time. Check out SS Metal fabricators on Ohms Way. They are good and super friendly and they have much quicker turn times. Good luck!

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  7. Hi
    What wheels have been used as the boneville sprocket is the wrong side to most bikes and want to do the same to mine

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    1. Hi Dave, the wheels are Carrozzeria aluminum racing wheels.

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  8. I notice you have a different set of jugs on her.than oem..........??
    great bike

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    1. Not sure what you mean when you say jugs. Are you talking about the gold forks?

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  9. Did you have any issues with the BC 2-1 pipe when it was mounted low? I heard they moved away from that and added a sweep to bring the pipe off the ground.

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    1. You have heard correct. I personally never had a problem with mine but a good friend went down pretty hard as a result of scraping his low-mounted pipe a few years back. That was the reason BC pulled the low pipes and switched everyone out to the mount.

      You have to lean it pretty damn far over to make it scrape, but it will if you're really getting after it. I wasn't too into the switch at first, but now I absolutely the look of the higher mount.

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  10. Hey Patrick!

    It was great running into you at the tail end of the DGR this year, wish I took the opportunity to see this thing in the flesh when you offered. The new progress pics you threw up really show how far this thing has come, it's inspiring.

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    1. Hey man, great meeting you too. Still got the bike so let me know if you're interested in checking her out. Cheers, Pat

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  11. Patrick,

    Just wanted to comment and say how much I love your blog. I just found it this week and I've looked at it every day! Thanks for putting the time in and sharing it with us.

    As for your bike - well, I'm a Bonneville owner ('03, carb'd, Thruxton bars) and I'm consistently drawn to the Hinkeley Twins, but I have to say, yours is one of the most perfectly executed, balanced bikes I've seen anywhere. I'd go as far as to say, with the gold forks and your new side panels, it's the best Hinkeley custom I've seen.

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    1. Leo, you're too kind. I appreciate the feedback. Personally, I've struggled with the gold forks...I keep thinking they're too distracting but it's cool to hear that they're appreciated. Thanks, and good luck with your build!

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  12. What kind of handlebars and set up did you use between pics 16 thru 20. That set up looks beautiful and i would love to have something similar like that on my 2013 matte grey scrambler.

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    1. Thanks man. They're Thruxton bars, powder coated black.

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  13. Hi Patrick, love your bike!
    Could you tell us which are front and rear tire sizes (last pics)? (width, aspect ratio and rims)

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    1. Hi! They're blacked out Carrozzeria Aluminum racing wheels (3.50/6.00x17) originally off a ZX6R I believe. I'm currently running Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corse II tires (120x17 / 180x17). Hope that helps!

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  14. Such a beautiful build glad I got to see her in person at Marin Speed Shop before she was sold

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  15. Thanks for ur respond
    U so nice taking ur time to help me
    So wield
    One guy already done successfully (red triumph with Gsxr 1000 front end)
    He just need a new top bearing for upper tree
    The bottom is identical
    Sorry to question u
    According to u
    all I have to u is to order lower bearing for lower triple(Do u no what lower bearing size?)
    Keep steering stem (thruxton) press into Gsxr 1000 2007 triple
    Dat it done
    Thank u sir
    U have a nice day

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    1. Sorry, I don't recall off hand but if my memory serves me right, we used the top Thruxton bearing and replaced the bottom one. Call All Balls and see what they recommend. Best of luck!

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  16. Hey Patrick!

    Can you please give us some details on the wheels? Did you do a Carrozzeria GSXR wheel in the front and a Bonnie wheel in back, or both from a GSXR? What was needed to make this work?

    Thanks!

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    1. They're Carrozzeria wheels off a Ninja - can't remember which size - and I had Carrozzeria make the spacers for me. Aside from the spacers, I also had to run new brake lines up front. Hope that helps!

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