How to build David Beckham's Triumph Bonneville in 7 easy steps

David Beckham Into The Unknown

Published on 1 June 2015 by Gill

Last year David Beckham travelled up the immense Amazon rainforest riding what some might have seen as a surprisingly humble Triumph Bonneville.

A keen rider, he admits that the anonymity afforded by motorcycling is liberating, and though filmed by the BBC in David Beckham into the Unknown, the ex-footballer was known by virtually nobody he came across first hand. 

Renowned for wearing 7 on the back of his shirt for Manchester United during his playing career, here are seven simple steps you can take to replicate the bike he rode through the Amazon, courtesy of Motolegends in Guildford.

We recommend you download multiple images of the bike from the internet or even visit the NationalMotorcycleMuseum to see one of the actual bikes. Of course, the starting point is any modern era Triumph Bonneville.      

From there:                                                         

  1. Remove mudguards, rear grab rail and indicators.
  2. Paint all metal black, including engine casing, spoked wheels, tank and handlebars. If it glistens, paint it.
  3. Fit Metzler karoo3 tyres front and back.
  4. Get seat re-trimmed in brown with black piping. 13 panels, front to back.                                            
  5. Fit Arrow Scrambler exhaust. Ceramic coat in black. Fabricate hanger. Remove baffle!
  6. Fit new mini indicators front and back.                                                                                                                  
  7. Fabricate rear number pate holder, to double as minimalist rear mudguard.
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The final product should look something like this, Beckham's bike as seen on display at the NMM

If making your own doesn’t appeal, then why not enter a free competition to win one instead. Whatever you decide, good luck!