Grzegorz Korczak of Unikat Motorworks keeps surprising me with his extreme variety of builds. Were some builders tend to have a preference for a certain brand or type, Grzegorz just works on all kinds of bikes. With a clear philosophy of his builds “1 of 1”, he tends and tries to create really unique, one of a kind machines. This Triumph Bonneville Brat is a commissioned build for one of his customers who exactly knew what he wanted: a truly amazing and unique motorcycle with character. Owner of the brand new Triumph Bonneville SE was Michał, a modern and very confident man who likes the good things, or even better, good stuff in the world. Being also a very critical, the design phase was one of the hardest parts in this build. Grzegorz: “Never before have so many visualizations ended up in a trash. We have created more than 20 different versions, but none of them appealed to Michał in 100%. Luckily, we finally hit the 10.”
When they finally decided the outlines of the bike, Michał decided to exchange the aluminum cast wheels. The choice fell on a set of beautiful Kineo spoked, tubeless wheels, where for the back wheel, they chose the widest option offered by the manufacturer of the Bonneville (size 5.50). The wheels got a set of Heidenau Rain supermoto tires to add a bit more aggressiveness to the bike.
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Our work began with the preparation of a new subframe, the relocation of the rear footrests and the seat, which will be ideal for the so-called, one and a half persons. Why such an unusual seat size? Thanks to this treatment we have gained the lightness of a single person motorcycle not limiting Michał to lone rides.
The next step was to give the rider a suitable position on the motorcycle, which was in line with Michał’s expectations. For this, we have chosen Fehling handlebars and Ohlins STX36P Blackline ultra lightweight shock absorbers with full adjustment. The whole is complemented by perfectly formed seat, leather upholstery is stitched with a gold thread, and footrests straight from the Italian factory Rizoma.
At this stage, we were fully aware that we are building this unique machine. That is why we could not afford any compromises. We have decided to use the Motogadget subassemblies… we used, among other things, an electronic Motoscope mini speedometer, m.blaze disc turn signals and m.rear 75 mirrors – mounted on the handlebars and a proximity m.lock switch. To emphasize the minimalist look of the handlebars, we mounted two m.switch mini switches, completing the rest of black parts from the Rizoma (clutch and brake handle and brake fluid tank). We also bought Motogadget soft grips, but they did not last long on a motorcycle – so, we replaced them with more comfortable and pleasant to touch leather ones made by us.
To finish up, we added the Highsider Atlanta LED lamp to our handcrafted mount, fitting in with the modern look of Triumph. It is known not since today that motorcycles rebuilt by the UNIKAT are unique … and this time we did not disappoint! M.S.O 1/1 is roaring with a sports gurgle out of two exhaust pipes, and a good eye will see the flames of the burning mixture.
All of the parts and accessories mentioned above are not only beautiful but also extremely lightweight (even aluminum front fender), so we slimmed this motorcycle down by about 15 kg.
Now it is time to share the riding experience. The entire team of UNIKAT wiped their eyes in surprise when after test drives we unanimously stated that Triumph was incredibly dynamic and rides like on rails. It can be boldly said that muscular and tuned Triumph M.S.O. is head and shoulder above his factory made brother. We hope that the new motorcycle will serve Michał well, and it will contribute to the beginning of a beautiful motorcycle passion.