Last year, English football star David Beckham rode a custom-built Triumph Bonneville T100 Scrambler from Rio de Janeiro to deep within the Amazon Basin.
The trip – documented in BBC One documentary “Beckham in the Unknown” – ended with a visit to the Yanomami tribe near Venezuela’s border, where Beckham explained football rules to the tribesmen.
The bike – known simply as the Beckham Triumph Scrambler – immediately became an icon, and it was only a matter of time before replicas were produced. One of the first to create a Beckham Triumph Scrambler was Motolegends, the retro-clothing specialists based out of the Guilford in the UK.
The replica – based on a 2001 Bonneville – was built using the “bike-shed” mechanic approach – it was stripped, treated with a matte-black paint job, and enhanced with some new off-road worthy parts, a few hand fabricated.
The Triumph Bonnie – built by Phil and Graham at FCL in Cranleight – was shod with knobby tires (Metzler Karoo 3, a high-mounted Arrow exhaust, and a re-trimmed seat. Also added were rubber fork gaiters, a new rear mudguard and number-plate holder, among other tasty items.
Speaking of the creation, Motolegends says “Including the original bike, parts, paint labour and so on, the build came in at around $15,000 (£10k), although some specialists are demanding $25,000 (£16,000) or more for similar replicas.
“It’s got to be said that, close as the bike is to Beckham’s, it’s not a slavish reproduction. But it’s certainly not far off!
“The only part that proved totally elusive was the small, under-handlebar mirror that the Amazon bikes sported. If anyone knows where it’s from, Motolegends would like to know!
Beckham fan or not, there’s no denying that the bike has an ineffably cool, laid back vibe to it.”
Motolegends is giving the bike away at NEC later this year, but for now, here are 10 Steps to Create Your Own Beckham Triumph Scrambler:
10 Steps to Create Your Own Beckham Triumph Scrambler
1. Download multiple images of the bike from the internet. Or visit the National Motorcycle Museum to see one of the actual bikes.
2. Starting point is any modern era Triumph Bonneville.
3. Remove mudguards, rear grab rail and indicators.
4. Paint all metal black, including engine casing, spoked wheels, tank and handlebars. If it glistens, paint it.
5. Fit Metzler karoo3 tires front and back.
6. Get seat re-trimmed in brown with black piping. 13 panels, front to back.
7. Fit Arrow Scrambler exhaust. Ceramic coat in black. Fabricate hanger. Remove baffle!
8. Fit new mini indicators front and back.
9. Fabricate rear number pate holder, to double as minimalist rear mudguard.
10. If it doesn’t all go back together, take it to Phil and Graham at FCL in Cranleight
2015 Motolegends Beckham Triumph Scrambler: