These lumpy wheels, slim two passenger seat, a bit disproportional modest headlight, handlebars and of course perfectly chosen colors and design – that’s the embodied hints that help almost immediately recognize the authors of this beauty – Ton-up garage – an awesome Portugese bike building workshop. If you’ve missed our feature on their Triumph Soul Train, simply click here and check it out. That one also deserves attention and can help you understand some core ideas and style that the guys stick to.
Almost always with one-off build comes its unique name, taking the whole new look up to the next level. In this case, the name is “Hiawatha”. Hiawatha was a Native American leader – a follower of The Great Peacemaker. Green and grey – colors of life and ashes. With the help of the Sun life always spreads upon the ashes, starting new beginning – that’s the philosophy of this amazing bike.
This build was commisioned by a guy, who once saw Urban Pearl built by Ton-up and decided to own one like that as well. So, the team found a 2007 Triumph Bonneville starter bike and set out to build “Hiawatha”.
The engine’s internals got through the reworking, as well as the covers so now it got more power and torque, and the black painted side covers (with a green sprocket cover) give the overall design a needed color balance. The exhaust pipes are wrapped and routed in the way that finely mimicks classic BSA Gold Star‘s exhaust system. The carbs were fitted with K&N air filters.
To house one-off Ton-up seat and arrange a place for the battery, ignition and some other electric parts, the guys skillfuly rebuilt the rear section of the frame. Furthermore, they fabricated a rear fender and put tiny tail-light and lisence plate on it. A tail-light looks great with that small speedo and a moderate headlight.
Hiawatha’s front end has gone through a lot of changes. First observable thing is front fender loss. Also the fork was fitted with the Ohlins progressive springs and the original bars switches and commands were replaced with the ones that go better with the color scheme. The shocks are also Ohlins.
The 16″ rims with black painted hubs, are outfitted with the classic lumpy tires. A hydraulic clutch lever system was installed and the front brake master cylinder was replaced.
Head over to Ton-up Garage website and find more great bikes. You can also check out other article about this bike here.
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Images by Joel Bessa