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Written by Martin Hodgson
So it’s pressure you’re after; how does building a custom bike for the founder of the Backyard Axe Throwing League sound? Oh, and he also owns the incredible Dyna Guerilla by Rough Crafts that the new machine must be able to match and complement. For Rob Chappell of Origin8or Custom Cycle Co it was barely pause for concern. Because from the earliest of ages he’s been drawing up designs and then spinning spanners. So it comes as no surprise that the 1970 Triumph Bonneville they call ‘BATL’ had everyone smiling when it finally rolled out of his Ontario, Canada based workshop.
“Matt Wilson is the owner and founder of the Backyard Axe Throwing League (BATL) which now has leagues and locations across North America, so my discussion with him quickly turned to making a bike he could use to help promote the business,” Rob explains. But neither had any interest in creating some gaudy theme bike, like those vomited onto our TV screens a few years ago. Instead, Matt’s request was pretty simple, “I just need it to be reliable… and black”.
Sounds easy right? Well not so fast; while Matt did already own the Triumph to use as the donor, it had been to half the shops in Toronto and still never ran right. Before finally being parked up and left to gather dust in a corner. Sometimes starting with a bike with such gremlins is more hassle than its worth, but Rob’s built enough bikes to have confidence in his craft. First he stripped down the Bonneville and quickly found the wiring loom was a bird’s nest of patch-up jobs.
With that thrown in the bin, he pulled the entire bike apart, including removing the old hardtail, until all he was left with was just the front frame. From here Rob had a blank canvas and quickly found a David Bird hardtail in the local classifieds and a vertical oil tank to match.
Now to turn it into a roller a TCBros springer front end was selected and spinning on the axle is a 21in rim wrapped in a DURO HF301. While at the rear the 16 incher was pulled out and replaced with a new 18in rim wearing a DURO HF308.
Turning his attention to the visuals Rob took one look at the rusted out stock tank and decided to look elsewhere. From Lowbrow Customs he acquired a Cole Foster tank that changes the look of the bike just enough without looking at all out of place. Behind it he’s mounted a classic Biltwell seat that is supported by an airbag from TCBros to give a cushioned ride on the rigid machine. “Matt likes classic bobbers but I am not a huge fan of the sissy bar style, so I followed the lines of the seat and the flow of the tank down the backbone to create the rear fender mounts.”
This gives the new fender a weightless, almost suspended in mid-air look that … Plus d’infos
Read more here:: WINNING BATL. 1970 Triumph Bonneville by Origin8or