Though when spy shots of the Bobber were revealed last year, Triumphs new factory custom wasn’t received favourably by some enthusiasts of new wave motorcycles. This disdain continued on the day of the official reveal last October, with comments on Twitter suggesting anybody buying one should be dispatched violently!I doubt this minority group would actually turn to violence, at most their abuse will be limited to stern stares and more catty comments on social media. And Im sure in the coming twelve months these negative opinions will be silenced when popular new wave motorcycle blogs begin to feature truly customised Bobbers.But you don’t need to buy one of these new factory customs to get a modern reliable Hinckley Triumph Bobber, something which brothers Daniel and Markus Laufka of Bikebrothers Speedshop demonstrate with their latest build the Muzzleflasher, based on a 2015 EFI Bonneville.The EFI model, 865cc air-cooled Hinckley Triumph power plant aside, the core of this build is the 40º rake, 3” stretch bobber frame crafted by Gietl Bikes from seamlessly drawn thick-walled 1¼ pipe, with an upper 1½ ” frame tube.Rather than fitting the Bonneville forks to the new Bobber frame the brothers opted to fit a set springers from Dutch company Zodiac International, who’s extensive catalogue of parts is aimed at those customising Harley Davidson’s. These forks were lated fitted with a 7“ bottom mounted headlight.At this stage the Muzzleflasher build begins to get a little more complicated, with Daniel and Markus opting to fit a Harley Sportster Peanut tank – which wasn’t designed to contain an EFI pump and pressure regulator, or even to fit the custom Bobber frame.We have featured several builds that have overcome this issue by relocating the pump to behind the side covers once the stock air/battery box has been removed. This wasn’t possible on this build, as the bobber was to be fitted with a custom made oil tank containing the bikes electrics and a Motogadget m-unit, with the battery and rectifier being relocated to behind the engine.To overcome the pump issue, the mounting section from the Triumph tank was cut out and grafted into the Harley tank, allowing the pump to be fitted in exactly the same way as stock. The finished tank was then modified to fit the bobber frame, with extra attention being given to keeping any unsightly brackets from view.
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