Want to ride David Beckham's Triumph Bonneville? Win one at the NEC

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Published on 27 May 2015 by Gill

A replica of the bike which David Beckham rode through the Amazon is up for grabs in a free prize draw at the NEC.

Accompanied by friends, the former Manchester United and England footballer, arguably the most famous the world has ever seen, journeyed through rainforest on a modified Triumph Bonneville, the original version appearing at the NMM earlier this year (pictured above).

Retro clothing company Motolegends, based in Guildford, carried out the transformation. Part one was the strip-down. Off came the mudguards, the indicators, the rear grab rail, the exhaust, and so on.

What was left was treated to a matt black paint job that included the wheels, fuel tank, engine casing, cylinder head and, handlebars on.

The wheels were re-shod with Metzler Karoo 3s as per the original bike; rubber fork gaiters were added, the seat was re-trimmed, and a new rear mudguard and number plate holder was fabricated.

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David Beckham stands with his Triumph Bonneville in the Amazon

The pièce de résistance, and the most expensive single part on the bike, was the Arrow exhaust. But it only comes in a metal finish, so it was sent off for a black ceramic coating. A bracket was fabricated, to allow it to hang correctly off the side of the bike.

Final touches involved moving the rear brake master cylinder to a new location, as the rear brake positioning couldn’t have been at all convenient on the original bikes.

Discrete indicators were then fitted front and back. On the Amazon bikes there were no rear indicators; just front ones.

With the baffle removed, the bike sounds far better than a Bonneville has any right to. Being lighter than the original, it handles well, and the Metzeler tyres give a purposeful look, without any real detrimental effect as far as rideabilty and comfort are concerned.

And all it takes, if you want the chance to lock it away in your shed, is for you to give your name and address to Motolegends. To enter the competition, just click here.

The bike will be given away at the end of the NEC show this November.