Thursday, February 3, 2011

Mr Martini's Triumph


One of Italy’s most prolific custom builders is Verona-based Nicola Martini, better known as Mr Martini. He specializes in Triumph customs, and his Super Cooper—which we featured two years ago—is one of my favorite bikes of all time. ‘Shorty’ is the latest machine from the Mr Martini stable, and it’s based on a 2006 Triumph Bonneville.

Mods are relatively light, keeping the bike practical, but custom parts include an aluminum swingarm, dirt-track influenced bodywork, new bars and risers, and a custom leather saddle. Bitubo shocks keep the back end planted, and the 790cc motor gets a boost from a free-flowing intake and a delectable exhaust system, custom made for Mr Martini by Zard.

It’s one of those bikes that has a definite retro style but also just begs to be ridden hard—one of the side benefits of the current flat/dirt/street tracker trend, don’t you think?

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