My Motorcycles: Sage

After many internal debates as to what to do with all of my vehicles, and which one to keep, I constantly found myself wanting to keep the sidecar and also the ‘Blue Bike’ – Sage. I finally realized that I can keep both by attaching the sidecar to Sage. Perfect. I can happily say that I will be keeping my favorite aspects of my motorcycles, which I will happily return to and allow the dog and I to have a fun road trip in. The following explains the journey getting Sage from a mangled mess into a powerful blue machine.

2013 Triumph Bonneville T100

Sage was my first complex undertaking when it came to working on a motorcycle. I purchased this bike roughly a month or so after getting the sidecar setup on Scamp. I truly missed riding on two wheels and happened to find a wrecked 2013 T100 Bonneville with only 295 miles on it. I had followed this bike on Craigslist for a few months, when the owner originally wanted to sell it for $4,000. No one wanted a wrecked bike for that amount, there was plenty of work needed to be done on it which would have been more cost effective to buy a new one. So once he dropped the price to $2,800 I knew it was time to start negotiating with him.

I went down to Quantico, Va to meet the owner and check out the bike. My original intention was to only pay $2,000 max for the bike as he described. Upon seeing the bike and talking it over with him, it was clear the damage was beyond his original assessment. On a note about the owner, he was going though TBS school as an Officer having previously been an Enlisted Marine. He doesn’t recall the crash, but he was found the next morning and taken to the hospital where he stayed for 5 weeks with TBI. He was a very nice person and certainly someone who deserved a second chance on life. Back with the bike, I offered him $1,500 as my max payment though even then I was hesitant. Surprisingly, he countered my offer by stating “I’ll do you one better Brett. I’ll let you take it for $1,000”. Deal.

Without getting into the full details of everything that was broken, I pretty much needed to replace the entire bike but the engine and frame. It did not seem too daunting to do, but I still had no idea if the engine was still in good working order. Over the next several months I collected my parts and repaired the bike bit by bit. Some of the work was done in the basement while other parts were done in my condo. The smell was intense at times, and I fully realized the need for a garage/shop in the future. As for the direction of the build, I had a Cafe Racer design in my head but wasn’t too pressured on my timeframe. Ideally I wanted to finish it by my birthday, but it wasn’t until August (3 months later) that I finally got the bike together and working. Literally the second the bike was rideable, I joined my friends for an all-day ride. The tank was still damaged, random temporary screws were used, the exhaust was extremely loud, and I was missing my handlebar grips. It felt so amazing to be riding again.

5With the bike running, I got a little slow with the final cosmetic touches to complete the build. There was quite a lot of things left to do, which would take about two full weekends to complete. It wasn’t until Marie pressured me to join her at the NYC Motorcycle Film Festival with our bikes on display. I rushed, but managed to finish the bike in two days while also repainting her bike as well. It was quite impressive, but I had also learned a lot over the year which made for quick work. The final look of Sage was perfect. Just as I had envisioned it, leaving it a unique bike among other Triumphs. The best part was that this bike only cost me ~$5,000, to include buying the bike and paying taxes. It had every detail within it that I wanted, as well as countless hours of frustration and success. It was a bike I could easily sell for high profit, but I had become strongly attached to this machine. Compared to Scamp, prior to the sidecar, it had more power and capability. Even now, with the sidecar attached, the power is still quite apparent. Its a bike that I hope to have for a very long time.


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