Windy City Triumph’s Bonneville “Simple Green”

The world of custom bike building can be a very slippery slope. It doesn’t take long for those bar-end mirrors to lead to budget-busting touches like paint, wheels and some extensive motor work. Ken Rudoy and the Windy City Triumph team decided to showcase how careful costing and attention to detail can create an affordable custom that oozes creativity and cool. Their entry for the Iron Moto Challenge, dubbed Simple Green, is an example of just how far the average rider, with patience and (admittedly exquisite) talent, can go to creating a personal project on a without blowing the bank.

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In lieu of pricey paints, the Simple Green Triumph Bonneville cafe build gets its namesake colouring from the use of a wrap. Not only is wrapping a more cost effective way to achieving dramatic visual results, it can also be swapped out if tastes change later on down the road. That pattern continued with Windy City’s choice to use tape-pinstriping on both the front and rear wheels, providing visual contrast and showing off a technique that can be easily tackled by riders at home.

Clean and simple design choices work incredibly well with the Triumph Bonneville — they let the little things like the painted sprocket and chain-guard come to the forefront of the overall visual package. Of course having Atomic Bob McElroy spin by for some hand-scripted side covers doesn’t hurt either.

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Vote for Simple Green here

**Photos courtesy of Alex Hawn**


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