This page chronicles the Bullitt OG2, which is a 2013 Triumph Scrambler 900. This is our newest build and first time back with a Triumph in too long! The content below is a summary charting the progress of the build, starting with the most recent working backwards. We hope you enjoy!
OG2 Update: British Customs Retro Headlight Ears
There has been a lot going on lately, and quite a few updates to the Bullitt OG2. Meaning, we’re totally behind on updates so we’ll do our best to knock them out, in the order in which they happened. I’m some cases, we kind of forgot to let off the gas so we might backtrack a step or two.
First up: British Custom’s Retro Headlight Ears and some gold tank “badges”.
The billet aluminum feels super high-quality. The installation was a breeze and the ears are a massive visual upgrade over the stock units. You can get yours here, and get 10% off while you’re at it!
Next up: Gold tank badges.
Did we ever mention that we loooove gold? Well, maybe we don’t love it as much as Austin Power’s Goldmember, but it seem to jive with some bits on the bike. Actually, a burnt bronze like we had on the Bullitt 821 would be pretty rad, and got us thinking about ceramic coating the new exhaust, but that conversation’s for another day.
We sourced a vendor on Etsy and had some die-cut decals made in gold to match the gas cap and a few other details. Knowing that custom paint is the ultimate goal, these will do just fine for now.
Getting some seat time on The Bullitt OG2
Part of the fun of getting a new personal build together is being able to take my time and decide what I do and don’t like about the bike. There’s definitely been a handful of mods to the bike I’ve wanted to undo, which I suppose is also pretty normal. As much as I love the sound of the Arrow Exhaust, there was just something about them that I knew didn’t resonate with me. Firstly, I suspect it’s just that they’re such a common exhaust. Secondly, the inverted headers drive me up the wall but I know that’s a pretty easy fix.
I’m still on the fence with the steering stabilizer too. It’s mostly an eye sore to me, and while I’ve had a tank slapper or two on the OG, this one is not going to be set up for top speeds. More adventure and dirt in the end. Do I want such a large stabilizer for dirt? I truly don’t know that answer…yet.
Funny enough, I get a lot of compliments on the fugly bronze gas cap but I don’t like it one bit. I thought I was kind of stuck with the bronze speedo ring too, so I had some bronze “Triumph” lettering made up. I realize that all of this is kind of temporary as I’m planing custom paint for the tank. That being said, I do quite like the bronze/gold on the tank.
Since my last check in, we had added the British Customs Slammer Seat, which I love. Miles in the seat down, and I’m still happy as can be with it. Another upgrade that made a huge visual upgrade to me was the BC billet headlight ears. It’s a good start but I still want to lose the smaller Scrambler headlight and upgrade to a standard 7″ bucket.
I’ve been running the British Customs high fender bracket and Thruxton front fender. I haven’t repainted it yet as I feel like everything is still in a mock up phase of sorts. Still deciding if I want the high fender, and if I want the Thrux fender of something different. I’ve got a more vintage front fender that matches the rear I may play around with.
Up next, airbox delete and new exhaust. Can’t wait to get that going and to share back with y’all. What do you think of the build so far? Any suggestions on where to go next? Seriously, I’d love to hear from you.
The Bullitt OG2 gets its start
I guess to some extent, this is my adult version of playing dress up. We’ve got the new bike, and through our homies at British Customs, we have the good fortune to be able to play around with parts. I cruised over to the HQ the other day and was shooting the breeze, chatting about direction for the build. We just started out pulling down bins with old parts; fenders, brackets, headlight buckets from previous builds. Just messing around, having a few beers and imagining what the bike could evolve into. THIS is what I love most about building bikes. I have a general idea, yet the process is organic. No digital mock ups of a finished project. We literally bolt shit on, and see if we like it. Can I get a Hallelujah?!
Before you look at the pictures of this bike, let me preface this by saying there are still plenty of “mods” that came on the bike I don’t like. But again, this is a process. First things first, bailing that fugly shortie fender. I pulled the bracket and went with a British Customs High Fender Bracket. We snagged a green Thruxton front fender and we’re already on our way! I haven’t even bothered to paint it because I’m still not sure it’s staying.
Next up was getting a cleaner seat. I’ve always been a fan of the BC Slammer Seat and knew I needed to ride around with one. I actually was thinking of going with brown, but until we strip the paint and go with a new look, better keep it black. For now, I decided to go with the “Tuck & Roll Slammer Seat” and I haven’t been disappointed.
Something noteworthy, and pretty funny, I realized after seeing a photo of our Nate from BA Moto’s Scrambler, that the former owner of this Scrambler installed the Arrow headers upside down. Basically the right’s on the left and the left’s on the right. I’d fix it, but even for how good it sounds (which it does), I don’t plan to keep the Arrow. I’m being a pain in BC’s ass, but I’m on them to bring back the dual sided high pipes. That’s just something I knew I needed.
To keep things clean under that lovely new seat, I installed a new under tail kit. Super easy and perfect fit!
Basic design inspiration for this build is 1960’s desert sled with a modern twist. So, I really wanted classic style fenders (might play around up front) but British Customs CEO Jason pulled out some old fenders from a bygone project. I was drooling and knew I had to try them out. The rear is killer and it might be on for good. It’s funny as I spent nearly a decade trying to “eliminate” fenders and now here I am psyched on adding on a vintage, and somewhat large, fender. Funny how we evolve. Or maybe, I just understand that this style requires one.
I’ve got pictures of the bike with all the new parts installed, but I’m gonna make you wait. More to come. Stick around. Stay tuned. Enjoy the ride…cuz we plan to.
A new journey begins
I never could have guessed how much one purchase could change my life until I bought my first Triumph back in 2008. I had grown up riding dirt bikes as a kid and even had a motorcycle to commute on in college (love that SV650) but something about the Triumphs spoke to me in ways nothing else ever had. Even before purchasing one, I fell head over heels for them. Devouring as much information as I could find; the history of the brand, the influence the wars had on transportation, the birth of the cafe racer era. I literally couldn’t get enough. I went so far as geeking out on the history of the Triumph logo. For some reason, I needed to understand why operations shut down in Meriden and how John Bloor revived the brand, moving them to Hinkley in the early 80’s. The infatuation was not logical and I couldn’t even explain when I was so enamored. I just was.
Subsequently, there just wasn’t much information available at on cafe racers in 2005-2007. There was a couple companies making aftermarket parts but there were no big custom motorcycle websites, blogs, or Instagram at all. Funny to look back now and say that information on custom bikes was much harder to get “way back in 2006”. I was working my first post-college big boy job but still not making much money and didn’t think financing a brand new motorcycle was in the cards at the time. I was still rubbing pennies together to try to make rent and feed myself! I had my eye set on a Thruxton back then but they were brand new so used Thruxtons weren’t happening. Next on the list was a Scrambler 900. Still too expensive.
A year or two went by and my obsession for Triumph did not subside, and I was squirreling away a few extra bucks here and there. Finally, I found someone online selling a Bonnie for way too cheap. I made sure it wasn’t a mistake or a scam and literally left work midday and scrambled to snag the bike before the seller came to his senses. It was a 90 min drive through deep LA and I found a ride out there. I had ridden freeways before, but never through busy LA traffic, and certainly never that far before, but I didn’t care! I had finally secured my dream machine.
The dream machine evolved into my first real two-wheeled love, known better today as the Bullitt OG. That bike was my drug. Many years and many adventures later I found myself working for Ducati North America. At the time we had a French CEO (who I came to love) but he would give me endless shit for parking the OG in the back with all the Ducatis. It felt like it was time to move on and I naively sold her. This was back in 2016 if my mind still serves me. Since then I’ve had many bikes – many much faster and more capable bikes – but in some fundamental way, few even got close to scratching the same itch that my OG did. Across late nights and with bloody knuckles, I changed, removed, touched, upgraded and painted every surface on that bike multiple times. I knew it like I new a lover. Never had I shared such a bond with a heap of metal.
So, time marches on. Jobs and circumstances change and I’ve longed for another Triumph. Flash forward to a shitty 2020 and I needed a pick-me-up. I wasn’t really even shopping for another Triumph intentionally. One late night, I stumbled across a deal, showed up with cash – way less than he was asking – and he begrudgingly accepted. I left my car in Long Beach and rode that mother fucker home. Well, ladies and gentleman, this is the new Bullitt OG2, and we’re gonna do this thing all over again. And frankly, I couldn’t be more excited.
This time around I’m partnering with British Customs and somehow am more excited for this build than I was for the original. I’ve gained knowledge, skills, and industry connections. I have big aspirations for this bike but one thing I’ve promised myself is that I’m going to take my time, enjoy the journey more, and have a good time watching this bike evolve. Maybe it’s because I’m a dad now and am forcing myself to slow down and watch my kids grow. Shit, maybe I’m just getting older… Either way, we’re about to embark on a killer journey and I’m so happy to have you ride along.
All photos you see here are of the “stock” condition I purchased it in. Stay tuned to see where we take the Bullitt OG2 from here.