Project Bike: 2002 Triumph Bonneville - SOLDSkyBlue / Warm Silver - 790cc - Project Bike 2
- Manufacturer – PPG
- Color Code: TRIUMPH SKY
- Triumph Paint Code: T3120300-JQ
COLOR: Warm Silver
- Manufacturer: Standox
- Color Code: 269600
- Triumph Color Code: T3120300-MD
I first saw this 2002 Triumph Bonneville T-100 sitting in the driveway of a house down the street from me during the summer of 2017. It had a “For Sale” sign on its windshield. I stopped, wrote down the phone number, and gave them a call. Eventually, I was able to meet the owner’s son and take it for a short spin.
It had a number of issues including:
- A broken mirror
- Bent right front brake lever
- Scratches on the right side
- A dent in the tank
- Bent rear brake lever
- Bent right foot peg bracket
- Misaligned headlight brackets
- Idled really rough and didn’t have the responsiveness and power that it should have had
- The chain was filthy and caked with grime
- Tires were low and not in good condition
- Chrome rims were showing spots of rust
This Bonneville had 2,400 original miles on it and had the unusual SkyBlue/Warm Silver paint scheme. I made a realistic cash offer based on all the work and parts necessary to get it back in condition. They gave me a counteroffer that was still too high. The owner had an overinflated idea of its worth in this condition. I gave them a slightly higher final bid and told them if they ever changed their mind to give me a call.
After putting this bike out of mind for the winter I saw it reappear again in the Spring of 2018. I knew the owner was never going to sell it for what he was asking, so I called the number and raised my cash bid a little more and told them to call if they wanted to get rid of it.
I finally heard back from them in June just as I was getting ready to move from Illinois to Wisconsin. I met them and took a look at the title, and knew we had another problem. The owner had never titled the bike in his own name. A friend of his had passed away and his wife had just given the Bonneville and title to him. I explained that he could not sell the motorcycle to anyone until he had a clear title in his name. We agreed on a final cash price and that when he had a clear title, I would come back down from Wisconsin and buy it from him.
AUG 13, 2018
I finally heard from the owner in early August that he had obtained the clear title in his name. We set a date and time for the transaction. I drove down from Wisconsin to Illinois in the morning of August 13, 2018, completed the deal and loaded it up in my Chevy “Triumph Hauler” by 11:15 AM. The battery was dead, so the owner had to help me push it up the ramps into my pickup bed… which was a little scary! Thankfully, no mishaps occurred!
After meeting my brother Barry and my buddy Lee for lunch in a nearby Italian Deli, I headed back to my garage/shop in Wisconsin. I had everything safely unloaded and on my shop motorcycle table lift by 3:30 PM.
AUG 15, 2018 – Deconstruction
For several hours I tore into deconstructing the 2002 Bonneville T-100. This included:
- Removing the seat and gas tank
- Removing the windshield, mirrors, bar-end caps, headlight, and front turn signals
- Removing the rear fender and taillight assembly
- Removing the chain guard and front sprocket cover
- Removing the exhaust silencers and clamps, and footpegs
- Removing the rear wheel/tire/axle/chain tension adjusters
- Removing the battery, airbox, and carbs
- Replacing the front brake lever
- Performing a bafflectomy on the airbox
- Start cleaning the chain and worst grime-filled areas
- Remove the Air-Injection System (pollution control)
AUG 18-19, 2018
This weekend I made some significant progress.
- Disassembled the carbs, discovered one was completely gummed with by old gas/ethanol
- Cleaned all jets, passageways, hoses, needles, etc.
- Reassembled and cleaned outsides of carbs, cables, brackets.
- Installed carb assembly back on the engine intake manifolds, and reconnected throttle cables
- Installed de-baffled and modified airbox
- Remounted all electrical and brake component to airbox
- Installed new battery
- Cleaned chain, frame, engine… everything!
- Degreased and cleaned front and rear tires, wheels and hubs
- Degreased front sprocket cover and chain guard
- Removed front fender, tire/wheel, brake, headlight ears (one was bent badly), ignition switch, plastic fork protectors
- Installed bar end mirrors
- Removed rear taillight and signal assembly from rear fender
- Installed air injection system plug bolts on engine head
- Cleaned and re-gapped spark plugs
- Reinstalled gas tank, fuel line
- Started it up to test carbs – it runs well!
Parts for this Project!
Parts I am selling from this project bike:
- Triumph Summer Windscreen
- OEM Chrome Triumph Silencers
- Left headlight ear (within ignition mounting hole)
- Rear Taillight/Turn Signal assembly
- Front Turn Signals
I am ordering many parts for this project from my friends at New Bonneville in the great state of Texas:
- Mirror hole plugs
- Extended seat bolts – stainless
- Front and rear retro style lighting
- Fork Gaiters
- Air Injection System (AIS) removal kit
- Norman Hyde Toga exhausts
- Front turn signal relocation bracket
- Motone ignition relocation bracket
- CRG Bar end mirrors
- EBC floating rotor and pads
AUG 20, 2018
Today I completed these additional tasks:
- Ordered more parts for the project, received new Avon tires.
- Removed side reflector adhesive from rear fender using acetone (nasty stuff!)
- Cleaned out gas inlet port of flaking and wrinkled paint – contemplated options for the dent repair
- Removed and cleaned gas petcock valve of crusty and gummed up deposits
- Temporarily installed Predator silencers to judge exhaust note
- Installed front turn signal bracket behind finned regulator/rectifier (https://newbonneville.com/shop/front-turn-signal-relo-kit/)
AUG 21, 2018
Today, I worked on the following tasks:
- Started testing the Harbor Freight Crossbar Dent Repair Kit to remove the tank dent. Making slow progress.
- Mounted Avon 19″ tire on a 19″ alloy wheel and hub assembly I previously had built by Buchanan’s.
- Mounted a shop vise on my Harbor Freight motorcycle lift table
- Ordered new chrome Norman Hyde Toga exhausts from NewBonneville.com
- Additional cleaning and corrosion buffing/removal
AUG 23, 2018
Today, I only had time to do a few things:
- Connected and tested the new retro-style rear taillight and turn signal assembly.
- Connected and tested the new retro-style front turn signals.
- Installed the Mule Swingarm Spacers. In the process, I discovered that the swingarm was in dire need of new grease and lubrication.
SEP-OCT, 2018 UPDATE
I was able to sort out the carburetors after a thorough cleaning. With the airbox de-baffled and the inlet snorkel opened up and running a pair of Norman Hyde Toga exhausts from NewBonneville, I ended up increasing the main jets from stock 110’s, to 135’s. and increasing the pilot jets from the stock 40 to size 42, leaving the needles untouched. The idle mix screws are set at 2.5 turns out. This has produced a strong torque pull in every gear up through the acceleration process, and can easily bring the bike to 80+ MPH in an acceptable time frame. I get 45+ MPG.
I also received a new custom instrument bracket from Bonneville Brackets that ties the OEM speedometer and aftermarket 1.9″ tach together in a very pleasing way (See before and after photos in the gallery).
I swapped out the shift and rear brake levers with ones that I had previously drilled out, tying them visually together with the design of the new Sharky headlight brackets. I plan to do the same with the chain guard.
After riding the 2002 Bonneville for about 900 miles since I purchased it, I find the stock handlebars and controls set up to be acceptably comfortable and visually appealing.
I have listed the 2002 Bonneville on Craigslist in Madison, WI and posted it online in Facebook Marketplace. I am hoping to sell the bike this summer. I can deliver the bike to locations in the Madison-Milwaukee-Chicago-Rockford areas.
AUG 8, 2020
Today, is delivery day.
The new owner – Matt! Welcome to the Bonneville owners club!