Tag: bonneville

Bare Metal Triumph Bonneville T140es

Posted on 13th October, by John_Pellew in bikes, Bikes for Sale, Cafe Racers, Current Builds. No Comments

Bare Metal Triumph Bonneville T140es

This one has been sitting on the shelf waiting for a break in the work load to start building.

We start with a 1982 Triumph Bonneville T140es   OIF  with matching numbers.


The plan is to build a cafe racer with a little of the style of Shinya Kimura, ie full bare metal everything and this is the first step, stripping off all the paint, with a wire wheel. It has to be a wire wheel as the process, part polishes the metal of the frame to the required effect.





As you can see we have modified the frame, adding a cross tube in the front down tubes and created a box section between the seat frame rails to house the electronics and finally we detabbed the frame of all unnecessary brackets.  The final thing … Read More »

Latest up date on Carbon Bonneville

Posted on 16th March, by John_Pellew in Cafe Racers, Project Bikes. No Comments

Below you can see the progress being made on the Carbon Bonneville bike, in place now is the rising rate rear linkage of a design so far found to be unique to Taimoshan Cycle Works and the tank has been modified and is taking shape ready to have carbon moulds taken.  Also you can start to see the start of the seat/trial section styling and construction.

In later post, you will see the Bonneville T140 ES  electric start unit that was acquired of ebay and is currently being refurbished and the “new” old stock lucas starter from a Norton Commando that will have the front housing replaced by a custom machined housing to mate it will the electric start unit.


Carbon Swingarm construction for Carbon Bonneville – step 9&10

Posted on 11th August, by John_Admin in Cafe Racers, Project Bikes. No Comments

Step 9 – Machining of needle roller thrust bearing housing for swingarm pivot

In this section I will show that final machined product of the bearing housings that will be bonded into the ends of the pivot section of the carbon swingarm.  Each bearing housings contains a combination needle roller & ball bearing thrust bearing with inner sleave. This design will provide a low friction pivot joint.

here you can see the finished items with the bearings inserted ready for polishing then bonding into the swingarm.





Step 10 – Machining of the rear spindle carriers


These parts started off as 65mm dia FMA aluminium bar and were first machined on the lathe to the correct diameters and profiles and then set up on the milling machine and hand milled with a lot of care and patience into the final part which was … Read More »

Carbon Fibre Swingarm construction for Carbon Bonneville – Step 7

Posted on 11th August, by John_Admin in Cafe Racers, Project Bikes. No Comments

Step 7: wrap carbon reinforcement of the whole section

In this post you can see part of the process of competing the Delta pivot mounts and further wrapping of the swingarm.

You will also see that I needed to provide clearance at the centre point of the swingarm as the swingarm would have fouled on the main frame at the expremities of the pivot range.  The clearance was provided by cutting out a section of the reinforced tube and then bonding in anouther piece of carbon tube that I had made earlier for this purpose.





Next post will include details of the machining of  swingarm pivot bearing housings and the rear spindle carriers that will be bonded into the ends of the main spas




Carbon Fibre Swingarm Construction for Carbon Bonneville – Step 5 & 6

Posted on 2nd August, by John_Admin in Cafe Racers, Project Bikes. No Comments

step 5: main spar bracing core wrapping

The step involve adding another 2  more layers of plain weave carbon cloth over the whole foam core brace area. Again there are a few tricks to this process which I don’t care to to share but you can get the idea.

I will say that it is really important in these stages to take a lot of care in cutting the carbon cloth.  To do this I first make card or paper pattern/templates of all of the pieces that I need to lay. I cut and test fit all pieces, taking a lot of care not to fray the cloth which is really fragile at this point.  neatness is everything at this point and mistake can be hugely costly in both materials and time.  I there is about £400-500 quid of materials and about … Read More »

Carbon Fibre Swingarm Construction for Carbon Bonneville – Step 4

Posted on 2nd August, by John_Admin in Cafe Racers, Project Bikes. No Comments

step 4: main spar bracing core

After wrapping the main spar joints, I need to brace the main spar in the section infront of the wheel leading up to the pivot tube.

The reason for this bracing are 3 fold.

1) to add to the lateral  rigidity of the main spars like a gussett. This hugely reduces the point loading on the wrapped and bonded main spar joints by spreading the load.

2) to add tortional rigidity to the structure. This is achieve with the specific laying up of different types of carbon fibre in the brace core and on the outside of the area. Layer the fibres at 45/45 deg to the  direction across the flat area of the top and bottom of the brace will increase tortional rigidity of the structure.

3) to provide a platform onto which the suspension linkage mounts will … Read More »

Carbon fibre swingarm construction for Carbon Bonneville – Step 2 & 3

Posted on 2nd August, by John_Admin in Cafe Racers, Project Bikes. No Comments

Step 2: primary bonding of the main spars

On that the spar tube has been completed it is time to cut  and shape the butt joints of the main spar tubes and then do the primary bonding of the joints, ready to then have the joints filleted and further reinforced in a later stage.


Although the image is not that sharp you can make out the that tubes have been shaped to make a close fitted shape around the circumference of the the pivot tube, the closer the fit the stronger the primary bond using the 2 part structural expoy adhesive.

Note that the bonding process needs to be done on an perfectly flat surface and not the wooden bench top!

step 3: filleting of the bonded joints, then secondary  wrapping joints in carbon

Looks like I forgot to photograph the bonded part before … Read More »

Carbon fibre swingarm construction for Carbon Bonneville – Step 1

Posted on 2nd August, by John_Admin in Cafe Racers, Project Bikes. No Comments


Step 1: prepare the  pivot tube and the 2 x main spars of the swaingarm.

In order to save time on this part of the project, instead of making the inner carbon tube of the 3 part construction process of the main spars, I bought pre-formed, roll wrapped pre-preg carbon tube of 38mm ID and 1.4mm wall thickness, these tubes are already very stiff due to their diameter, but they are not very impact resistant again due to their construction, however that with soon change.

So taking the pre-formed tube I then wrap the std tube in 5mm thick core material, using a technique that developed in which I spiral wrap the tube in the cor material, binding it in place with a roving of  plain carbon.

Once the core material is firmly in place I then wet out the core with the … Read More »

Carbon Swingarm construction for Carbon Bonneville – the process

Posted on 2nd August, by John_Admin in Cafe Racers, Project Bikes. No Comments

After finishing  the design, materials  calculations and rising rate linkage for the swingarm for the carbon bonneville. I finally started on the swingarm construction following the process below. As the swingarm progresses I will add new post with photos of the construction and some weights ( just for interest sake).

The original swingarm weighs approx 3 kgs ( i will confirm exact weight in a day or so), I am expecting my extra stiff carbon swingarm to weigh in at about 1.3kgs, quite heavy in scheme of the project, when you consider that the whole frame as it currently stands without the seat hoop, weighs about 3.5kgs and a total completed weight of about 4 kgs.

The reason for the extra weight of the swingam is the fact that it is massively over engineered.

The original swingarm on some models is a 32mm … Read More »

Carbon Fibre Triumph Bonneville Frame

Posted on 12th April, by John_Pellew in Cafe Racers, Project Bikes. No Comments

It all started about 12 months ago with a crazy idea,  after  lifting my Triumph Bonneville OIF project with the engine casing installed up onto the bench and nearly giving myself a hernia.

There’s  got to be a way of making this thing lighter.. MUCH lighter.  The std frame and swingarm weighs in at about 20kgs.  Not one to shy away from an engineering challenge I decided design and build a super light carbon fibre OIF Bonneville frame, with a carbon fibre mono-shock rear end , carbon tank and carbon seat etc, the “full bag of fruit” as they say! my target was a bike with a dry weight of 100-110kgs, so about the weight of a modern KTM Supermoto and with a solid 50+bhp from the SRM rebuilt motor, it should make for a pretty lively runner.

Design wise, I … Read More »