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Our craftsmen team is proud to introduce the Triumph Bonneville T120 Bathtub, a revival of the classic aesthetic developed by Triumph in the sixties, now re-designed by BAAK with a touch of modernity.

From the first paper sketches to the final road tests, almost 2 years passed. Two years during which ones BAAK’s team dedicated a part of its time to achieve this ambitious “bathtub” redesign project without falling into the trap of the vintage copycat cliché. Introduced for the first time during the late 50’s, the bathtub rear fairing, result of Edward Turner’s design skills, wasn’t really enjoyed by everyone. In the USA, first export market for Triumph back in those days, the local dealers even removed the rear fairing so they can sell the motorcycles well. Only the British gentlemen enjoyed the charm of this piece that offered protection against the grease and rear wheel projections. This ambivalence motivated us to acquire a 1964 Triumph Thunderbird and use it as an inspiration, with a close difference as BAAK’s Bathtub is a unique piece that will never be mass produced.

Learn more about the main steps of this project thanks to the photographs shown below. Click on the images to view it in full size.

Photo by Julien Demaugé-Bost

The 1964 Triumph Thunderbird

The custom Triumph Bonneville T120 Bathtub shot in Lyon, France

2019 and 1964 style comparaison

The iconic Bonneville Bathtub and the rider

Julien Demaugé-Bost - photographie

Rémi Reguin riding the Bathtub in Lyon, France

Last motorcycle entirely built at our former workshops in Tassin-La-Demi-Lune, this Triumph Bonneville T120 Bathtub is the first one to be shot under the lights of our new showroom based in Lyon.

The handlebar clamps and triple trees are manufactured out of machined aluminium

La coque arrière est fabriquée à partir d'une feuille d'aluminium

Simple ride-by-wire handlebar controls

The red leather seat includes a pining

The classic speedometer is inserted in the aluminium headlight casing

The front mudguard was also entirely handcrafted

This is Victor, BAAK’s metal sheet worker, who has been in charge of the manufacturing of the typical body parts of the project : the headlight with its integrated speedometer, the enveloping front fender, and the rear fairing of course. This aspect of the project required 25 days of work using aluminium sheets.

From the sketches to the templates

Aluminium shaping using the english-wheel

Carboard templates to define the rear end shapes

The rear end panels got welded one to another

Cutting, english-wheel shaping, hammering, sanding… Each step of the manufacturing is important to reach a shape that is as close as possible to the original sketches. Every aspect of the metal sheet shaping is done by hand according to traditional techniques. Day after day, the volumes come to life and enable Victor adjust his work according to his feeling.

Work in progress

The aluminium got hammered to make its shape

Headlight mounting first attempt

Handcrafting the finish details

The short seat pan was bespoke manufactured

The rear fairing shapes of the Bathtub are nearly completed

The taillight is welded on the rear fairing

The upholstery work, large part of our work’s image, brings the final touch to the whole project. We chose a red leather to remind the best Porsche 356 color match : pearly grey / red leather. From the 1964 Thunderbird, the 2019 Bathtub seat gets the passenger strap, the smooth seating piece and the pining all around. The seat also has a key-lock system. Matching red leather fork gaiters complete the mix.

This build seduced the Cafe Racer Magazine team who chose to put it on the cover of its 99th issue. A truly touching move that rewards long months of hard work for all our team.

Final adjustments before the test ride

Marion and Silvere preparing the red leather

Our leather team completed the seat manufacturing

Cafe Racer Magazine with BAAK on the cover

The rear fairing is entirely handcrafted out of aluminium

The front mudguard is made out of aluminium

The rear end includes a taillight

Classic headlight and speedometer on the front end