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Bonnie gets the cafe treatment

Published: 29 April 2001

Updated: 19 November 2014

German tuner LSL has taken a new Triumph Bonneville and created a real café racer called the LSL Bonneville Clubman.

LSL has changed as few parts as possible to keep the price down.

The most obvious change is the new seat, which replaces the flat, ironing-board-style unit on the basic Bonnie. While the new design appears to be a single seat, LSL reckon it is still possible to take a pillion on the back – as long as they don’t mind an uncomfortable ride.

The new seat is mounted on a slimmer, shorter rear mudguard, which helps give the bike a lightweight appearance compared to the chunky original design. The mudguard carries an original 1960s-style Lucas tail light.

LSL has given the suspension a thorough reworking, including a fork conversion from suspension specialists Wilbers and new Hagon rear shocks.

The original, 19-inch front wheel is swapped for a smaller, 18-inch design to make the bike turn faster.

A steering damper helps keep the front under control – although it is unlikely to be really needed. At the back, an extra 3/4 of an inch on the width of the rear wheel means the bike can be fitted with 150-section rubber rather than the 130-section tyre of the basic machine.

There are rearsets and lower bars, too. Even the pillion pegs are repositioned higher and further back – so your passenger gets a sportier ride, too.

In Germany, the complete machine sells for £6685 – just £1000 more than a stock Bonnie. While complete bikes are unlikely to be shipped to the UK, LSL’s official UK importer – V&M Racing – can supply all the parts for the bike on request.

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