Bend It Like… David Beckham’s Custom Triumph

Cycle News Staff | June 10, 2014

Soccer legend David Beckham has joined the list of Hollywood icons such as Elvis, Steve McQueen, Marlon Brando and Clint Eastwood in riding a Triumph Bonneville, with Beckham taking his custom-built Triumph deep into the Amazon rainforest for a BBC documentary titled “Beckham Into The Unknown.”

The documentary is 90 minutes in length and features the former LA Galaxy, Manchester United, Preston North End, Real Madrid, Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and British National team star facing “real-life dangers and hundreds of miles of hard riding.”

Beckham’s Triumph looks more Scrambler than Bonneville with high exhaust, no fenders and knobby tires, but the bike did begin life as a Bonneville T100. The bike build was a collaborative effort between the riders and Triumph – with work done both in the UK and in Manaus, Brazil. The custom tank paint and hand-tooled leather seat covers were delivered by one of Sao Paulo’s leading custom shops and even the iconic Triumph badges received a makeover.