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Spain’s Macco Motors Does Custom Retros Right


We like to bring attention to custom builders and fabricators that catch our eye, and the latest is the Spanish outfit known as Macco Motors. Somewhat of a Triumph specialist, Macco is known for converting Hinkley twins, such as the sample pictured here. Here is the list of changes made by Macco to the stock Triumph (Spanish translation courtesy of Google Chrome):


  • Handlebar Biltwell Tracker
  • Fists LSL
  • Forks Öhlins upside
  • 320mm brake disc
  • Brembo Caliper titanium
  • Odometer Motogadget
  • Classic lighthouse
  • Brake and clutch style racing
  • Rear suspension Öhlins
  • New subframe
  • New seat
  • Handle side Macco Motors
  • Intermitenetes to handle Motogadget
  • Rear Intermitenetes Kellerman
  • New taillight
  • New front fender
  • New rear fender
  • Tires:
    • 110 Tourance Metzeler
    • Metzeler Tourance 140
  • aluminum footrest
  • start Relocation
  • Relocation rectifier
  • Escapes Supertrapp
  • New paint Maccomotors

Macco works on the occasional Japanese bike, as well, such as the XJR1300 pictured below. Macco clearly likes to work with top-drawer components, such as Öhlins suspension and Brembo brakes. Check out Macco’s web site for other examples of their work.





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  1. Provologna says:

    Trumpet vs. Yamaha: the latter is 10% heavier w/about 60% more power and torque…think I’m “leaning” Japanese on this choice. Both look great.

    I rented a Thruxton, quite a slug, w/extra-ordinarily too little leg room for my 34″ inseam. Pretty sure my R1150GS could run and hide from the Thruxton, even on the first half of the Marin County Sunday Morning Ride (CA highway 1, Mill Valley to Stinson Beach).

    Earlier I was ambivalent about tape wrap. The constant hate posts here “rubbed off” (get it?) on me, and now I can’t stand it!

  2. John says:

    I wish Kawasaki would take their 650 twin and make a ZRX650 instead of that ER6n or whatever it is.

  3. turnergande says:

    A retro Triumph look with miniscule digital speedometer?

  4. Rocky says:

    I thought it was a Deus on first glance

  5. Neil says:

    Very nice. Right up my alley. Two wheels and a motor in a vintage looking rig with some custom bits on it. I put renthals on my CB500F and a Penske rear shock.

  6. teelee says:

    Why, what purpose?

    • mickey says:

      What purpose?

      Some people don’t like riding bikes that look just like everyone else’s bikes, and some people just love to fiddle and change things.

      Doubt anyone leaves their bike just as it came from the factory. Nature of humans.

      • teelee says:


      • Jason says:

        I bet the vast majority of people leave their bike as it came from the factory.

        • teelee says:

          Most don’t go to that extreme of customizing, only if you have many motorcycles and a lot of cash and spending any money on a Triumph is a waste

        • mickey says:

          Really Jason? That doesn’t mirror the experience on any motorcycle forums I’ve been on. Seems everyone changes something. Grips, add a windshield, change exhaust, add crash bars, highway pegs, change mirrors, change handlebars, add a luggage rack, add some chrome here or there. Most people would think my bikes are stock looking at them, but I could point out a half a dozen subtle things that were changed on each of them

  7. Frank says:

    Great looking bikes.

  8. peter h says:

    Is it still a fat lazy pig?

  9. Ricky Crue says:

    I like the Yammie-Haul pretty good 🙂

  10. ABQ says:

    That is what a real motorcycle should look like.

  11. PN says:

    What’s with pipe wrap? It’s just cheesy.

  12. Jose Barreira says:

    Ok,retro could be cool… but nothing more! I still prefer confort and performance.

  13. Bob L says:

    All that work and there’s still TANK SEAMS!

    Is it just me?

    • MGNorge says:

      Part of being retro?

      • peter h says:

        Triumphs were famous for NOT having a tank seam. I’d call it “modern sloppy”.

        • Bob says:

          Triumphs, with one exception, had a seam down the middle of the tank that they put a chrome styling strip over. The exception was the small US market tanks on the “oil in frame” models. Now the seam is a pinch weld around the bottom instead of on top.That said, I hate it too.

          • Bob L says:

            As long as I’m nit-picking….cannot love the chubby tank on the Bonneville. I had one of the first 2001’s and never thought the proportions could match the “svelte” look of the 60’s Triumphs. I know….needed volume for good range but I’d rather see a more slender tank.

    • Bob says:

      Seams that way.

    • todd says:

      How are seams bad?

      • mickey says:

        Seams that some people just don’t care for them …

      • turnergande says:

        Seams = cost cutting measure. My 1967 Triumph TR6 had them too – right in the middle of the tank but covered with a chrome piece. No visible seams on my 1971 Norton Commando but that one had a fiberglass tank. Seams the manufacturers could find a way to eliminate the visible seams without adding much to the bike’s cost.

        • todd says:

          If they can eliminate the seams without adding to the cost of the bike then visible seams aren’t a cost cutting measure. They are just part of the manufacturing process much like visible welds that haven’t been ground away or covered with filler.

    • Mr.Mike says:

      I am strongly ambivalent about tank seams.

      • Bob L says:

        I have made them less obvious by applying black, door edging trim. Then, I blur my eyes. It helps.

  14. Starmag says:

    I have a feeling the now old, new Bonnevilles will be going cheap once the new, new Bonnevilles are out.

    IMO a better job on the Yamaha than the Bonnie. Pipe wrap. LOL.

  15. beasty says:

    Nice looking bikes. I like the Triumph a bit more than the Yamaha.

  16. Half Baked says:

    Something was omitted from the list of changes: tons of pipewrap.

  17. Bob says:

    Nice bikes, I guess, but last year called. They want their pipe wrap back.

    • ChrisP says:

      1987 called, they want their scratched up supertrapps back.

    • You DID see the word “retros” in the title of the article, right? 😉

      • Bob says:

        I was riding when retro wasn’t retro yet. Don’t recall seeing any pipe wrap around. It’s the invention of the faux retro movement.

        • Curly says:

          Or as likely to cover up the rusty head pipes on all those CB350s. Needs more checkered flag tape.

        • billy says:

          Bob, you weren’t riding at the race track then were you? It was widely used to keep header temps up. And I’m not sure what a retro movement is. Doesn’t sound like anything good though.

          • Bob says:

            I did my share of drag racing back in the 60’s, and I recall seeing pipe wrap used in the 70’s, mostly on turbocharged cars to conserve exhaust heat for the turbo. That was about it’s only use. I never saw it on a bike until several years ago when this “rat” styling thing caught fire. It’s use on street bikes in an attempt to replicate “retro” styling is way off base. Either way you look at it, it’s just plain ugly.

        • peter h says:

          “Faux retro” ? I’m pondering this phrase..

          They don’t make nostalgia like they used to.

  18. Hot Dog says:

    Those Brembo brakes are artwork.

  19. Ryan says:

    First everything had a Beak…Now everything has knobby tires

    • Eric says:

      You think a Tourance qualifies as “knobby”?!?

      And technically all those beaked bikes had what you’d consider knobbies, so you’re really just saying you miss the beaks!

    • GKS says:

      At least they didn’t throw a high pipe on it and call it a scrambler.

  20. Martin says:

    I like Superbike/GP styled bikes, but think these are freakin’ awesome!