At the end of 2014 the owners of one of the largest Triumph dealers in Europe, located in Belgium, visited Fran Manen to learn about their work and the facilities of Lord Drake Kustoms in Spain. At the beginning of 2015, that visit became an agreement for Lord Drake Kustoms to begin modifying and customizing motorcycles for the aforementioned Triumph dealership.
The first commission was a Triumph Bonneville with the objective that it be different, attractive in appearance and that it could be done in a little less than a month, because it was the first … It had to coincide with the opening of a new line of sales of exclusive and customized motorcycles by LDK, and this must be the flagship. Although time was short, here is the result: the “Copper Boss”. They practically left the owner of LDK white letter to do what he wanted with the motorcycle and only gave him a note: “Street tracker with very urban airs.”
And Fran had it very clear, nothing of typical black, gray or brown colors. No anti-caloric tape in the leaks. No long table seat. No arc at the end of the chassis and no Firestone tires, “all of them elements that, apparently, have become characteristic in most Triumphs when they are customized, whatever their style,” Fran tells us.
And what were the modifications?
Elegant ivory color and, for being the famous British brand, decided to combine ivory with a “British racing green” type tone that resulted in a somewhat lighter green than the original Triumph … and finally it was necessary to give it the striking touch but at the same time vintage and it was an aged copper that took care of it. Because it was the first commission, the number 1 was placed and from there the project began to be shaped.
Fuel tank made especially for this motorcycle. The entire metal rear section with a somewhat different style to what we are used to seeing, the seat and its handmade upholstery. In addition to many other modifications and small details such as the rear turn signals integrated into the motorcycle’s own chassis bars. And most importantly, immaculate details and finishes and outstanding in the last screw of the motorcycle.
This motorcycle was presented in Belgium, and has meant a before and after in the concept of transformation of this type of motorcycles … Such was the acceptance of the work of LDK, that two other orders were made: a Triumph Bonneville T-100 and a Triumph Thunderbird 1700 cc (Beauty and the Beast).
Name: Copper Boss
Motorcycle: Triumph Bonneville year 2005
Engine: 800 cc carburation
Deposit: steel made by LDK
Filter: open box filters K / N
Chassis: rear part and rear footrest trimmed
Exhaust: modified by LDK
Handlebar: made by LDK
Rear: manufactured by LDK in metal
Seat: manufactured / upholstered by LDK
Front fender: original modified
Front suspension: original modified by LDK
Rear suspension: higher air, shock absorbers
Flashing: rear incorporated to the chassis and front on handlebars
Tail light: built into the tail
Wheels: Continental off road tires
Others: mini odometer, oil meter watch, old copper details, gas cap, headlight with shallower depth, Avon cuffs, footrests, front sprocket covers, etc, etc.