Rustom’s Triumph Forty was unveiled earlier this year but with its place on the starting grid of the Essenza-class at the upcoming Glemseck 101 this Weekend, I thought it would do no harm to take another look at this exceptional bike.
Mattia and Roberto are the masterminds behind Rustom, a workshop located near Milan in Italy. Mattia, a long time official Triumph mechanic and his mate Roberto, a carpenter with a long history of building bikes, took the plunge and opened their own workshop, spurred by the success of a bike they had built for Triumph’s official contest named 'So Special'. A look at the pictures above and below proves they made the right decision.
Rustom’s Triumph Forty (named after the 40th birthday of its owner) is based on a 2002 Triumph Bonneville. 02 Triumphs were equipped with carbs, so the stock pair was immediately exchanged for a set of Keihin FCR 39 units. Mattia and Roberto offered the same engine optimization to their project as Thruxton Cup bikes are treated with. Further, the intake and exhaust ducts were enlarged and a lower engine head mounted to increase compression.
The chassis has been heavily modified too, beginning with a hand-made rear swing arm coupled to a central YSS mono-shock. The 18 inch wheels were equipped with inox spokes and converted to tubeless with a Bartubless kit. A 340 mm Big Brake Kit coupled to Brembo calipers should do the job and overstrain the Cocker Tires rapidly. The fork has been shortened by 4 cm and equipped with progressive springs.
The frame was shaved and looped while major transformations had to be done in order to fit the cantilever mono shock system. Rustom manufactured a gas tank as well as a seat cowl that matches the new shape of the frame perfectly. Both of these parts have been equipped with Art-Deco style, embossed covers. A Touch-Screen sat-nav, LED-instruments as well as a fingerprint sensor was integrated into the tank. The leather seat as well as the matching grips was made by Alessandro Starace from AS Design while a small LED rear light was integrated into the seat cowl.
The striking boardtracker-style handlebars, equipped with Kustomtech levers and Motogadget switches, were custom-made by Rustom and fitted to the fork with LSL clamps. And if we’re talking about the fork, it’s safe to say that this stock part is the eye catcher of the bike. Equipped with fabulous streamline covers and the handmade LED front light, it reminds onlookers of cars and trains from the roaring twenties. If the Great Gatsby had ridden a bike, it sure would have looked like this.
Handmade exhaust headers leading to Biltwell Micro Silencers guarantee a fine sound scape while LSL rear sets make for a sporty seating position. The Speed Merchant engine covers and the self-made paint job complete the picture.
All in all, Mattia and Roberto have spent more than 300 hours working on their Triumph Forty but the result is a bike that really stands out from the crowd of customized Hinckley-Twins. You can find out for yourself this weekend at the Glemseck 101.