Macco Motors Black Baron
By Ross Sharp - 04 Mar 15
With modern tech, more efficient transport and established trust online the world really is a much smaller place, and continues to shrink. The U.K. custom scene has plenty to offer when it comes to modding a modern Triumph but the owner of this bike had seen what he liked, in Spain. Macco Motors from Cadiz showcased the Lizard King last summer which was enough to persuade customer Rob to put in an order, with a few amendments to the spec. Rob wanted the black a bit blacker and the brown a bit browner than Lizard King so Macco Motors' Jose & Tito happily obliged, The Black Baron was born. A decent, 2008, 5,000kms EFi Bonneville was sourced locally to ensure a sound base for the project. The fuel tank echoes the engine's freshly painted black cases and machined cooling fins whilst offering a slight rose-tinted glance towards the days of tank pads, or perhaps even the polished scallops of a classic Husqvarna. A win, win from where we're standing. To match the tank, steel side panels have been fabricated with mesh inserts, teasing a bit more airflow towards the pseudo carburettor injection system. Mudguards are weight saving fibreglass and painted black. To balance the European workshare, British made Predator exhausts were fitted, protected by a few metres of exhaust wrap. Apart from that, performance upgrades have been concentrated on the chassis. Again from Blighty, Hagon progressive springs up front and Nitro shocks at the rear. Powder coated wheels now sport Avon Distanzias to cope with Britain's potholed fords and streams, affectionately referred to as roads. The sumptuous leather upholstery is Macco Motors' own work, striking a good balance between brat wafer and scrambler wedge, perched atop a looped subframe. Often an area left chopped and plugged, but Jose & Tito like to go the extra mile. Sorry kilometre. The diamond stitching should allow the rain to run-off quickly once Rob repatriates his new toy and reunites it with our inclement climate. Adjustable race levers, Biltwell Tracker bars and Renegade grips improve cockpit ergonomics whilst a small speedo and ignition relocation deals with tidying up the aesthetics. Rob and any lucky passenger's feet will rest comfortably on racy, alloy foot pegs. Jose & Tito have again demonstrated why their order book is growing with international orders. With well executed and slick builds like this we hope to see them on our shores for Bike Shed London in May. As always, the lovely photos are by Sergio Ibarra from Semimate agency. To speak with the guys head to their website or Facebook page. Want to see their previous work? Here are some of the bikes from our Macco Motors archive.