Dewey Bond is an award-winning restorer of antique and custom made bikes who has an immense love for motorcycles. Sporting a clean look with no tattoos or piercings visible, the Orlando-based restorer’s eyes light up at the mention of antique motorcycles.
Bond has a real passion of restoring anything with a past. He has restored many vehicles ranging from motorcycles to cars to even vintage tractors. Famous for restoring different kinds of motor vehicles, the 70-year-old admits that it is motorcycles that have his heart and get his adrenaline running. Restoring remains a hobby for him and not a constant source of income since he dislikes being obligated to deadlines. He builds for his own pleasure, and rides it for a while after which he sells it to a buyer who he is confident will take good care of his handiwork. With many bikes in his arsenal, the one he is particularly proud of is the Corrupted Triumph, a custom 1977 Bonneville, which won the World Biker Build-Off and the Easy Rider Invitational in Columbus, Ohio, among other competitions. Bond admits that this is one bike will never willingly sell no matter what the price.
Presently, he’s working on a 1963 Triumph TR6 Trophy. It is known to be the first bike with the transmission and engine combined, known as unit construction which makes it very rare since it’s the first one from the manufacturer. Bond has had this bike for 20 years but has been able to start restoration only recently after all the necessary parts came into his possession.
I bought it in what we call a basket-case state — it was totally disassembled in boxes,” he said. “But as long as the VIN number on the engine and frame match, it’s a very legitimate ‘survivor’ bike — that means it’s basically how it came from the factory.”
Finding parts for this bike was extremely difficult due to its uniqueness. Parts from other year models of the same make could not be put to use in this bike. Before the internet came along, parts were usually scored at swap meets and so it became a limiting factor which hindered the early restoration of the bike. With the required parts finally under one roof, Bond is confident that he can restore the vintage bike to its original state of glory.