2010 TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE BOBBER
One of a kind, less than 5000 miles from new, customized by Mule Motorcycles
When a stock low-miles Triumph Bonneville America arrived at Richard Pollock’s Mule Motorcycles shop, the owner only wanted a simple stylistic touch-up. Pollock, best known for his show-stopping street-tracker customs, had a grander plan in mind, though, and proposed a totally reworked “drag-bobber.” Concept agreed upon, Pollock began the transformation by tossing both wheels, replacing the rear with a cast 17-incher from BMW’s S1000RR sportbike, and fabbing the front with a billet Mule hub & spoked 19″ Sun alloy rim — both wheels were painted matte gray and fitted with sticky Michelin Pilot Road rubber. The Triumph parts bin was raided for a Bonneville front fender, trimmed before mounting, and a sleeker Thruxton fuel tank. Rear fender is stock but heavily bobbed, with an LED tail light tucked under its rear lip. Both the tank & rear fender were treated to new paint, white stripes on a gloss-black background patterned after the trademark scalloped scheme seen on vintage Triumphs, right down to the gold pinstripes.
Other noteworthy mods include: Nissin front bake caliper from an MV Agusta F4; Hagon Nitro premium adjustable shocks; Mule-built custom exhaust with stainless pipes and aluminum muffler; tucked-in right frame downtube for better footpeg placement; ProTaper TT Tracker alloy handlebar with adjustable billet-aluminum JPR levers & CRG bar-end mirrors; multi-function Acewell digital speedometer; reworked Saddlemen solo seat with faux carbon-fiber top cover; custom LED “lipstick” rear turnsignals; chromed Marshall oil-pressure gauge & cutaway countershaft sprocket cover.
With stock internals, the fuel-injected 948cc Twin starts easily, runs like gangbusters and sounds great while doing so. Showing just under 5000 miles, this one-off custom bobber has been immaculately maintained, has just returned from Pollock’s shop for a tune-up & detailing, and could be ridden tomorrow to your local Show-n-Shine and easily be in contention for a trophy. The Triumph has clear California title, is located in Orange County and is available for inspection by appointment.
Note to overseas buyers: We offer free delivery to the shippers of your choice in/near the Port of L.A., Long Beach, California
Richard Pollock’s bio: A longtime aerospace professional, building motorcycles for himself — whether racebikes or street specials — was something Pollock did in his spare time, but people began to pay attention and soon were imploring him to construct bikes for them, too. Playing off his love of flat-tracking, Pollock founded Mule Motorcycles, specializing in street-trackers, but also building cafe-racers & bobbers. Awards, magazine ink, website mentions and many more commissions followed. One highlight was being asked by Triumph Motorcycles to build a street-tracker using the new Bonneville motor as powerplant. After its time on the show circuit, that machine now resides in the prestigious Barber Motorsports Museum. Today, some 150 motorcycles later, Pollock is recognized as one of the world’s most prolific customs builders, with happy Mule customers quite literally around the globe.