Wide Of The Mark Rider – Max Duff

Max is a friend of ours, a product designer at Akin Moto, and a keen moto rider and photographer. That made picking him for the Wide of the Mark team a simple choice. With a diverse background and really good organisational skills, Max and his triumph bought great energy to the team and helped push us through some tough spots.

Wide Of The Max

One of the funniest memories of Max on the trip came from a late afternoon ride into a hippie commune camp west of Hobart, Max was separated from the group and no one waited for him at the turn of. After coming in about 30 minutes after the rest of the team Matty Mac copped the brunt of Max‘s frustration with the rest of us watching on having a laugh. Shit happens on the road, and as long as you can air it out, have a beer and laugh about it all will be well in the morning.

Here max takes you through his Adventure bike project for our Tasmania trip:


Wide of The Mark
Make: Triumph
Model: Bonneville T100
Year: 2005
The inspiration behind ‘Digger’ stems from a mish-mash of  60s/70s Desert Sleds  + military motorcycles from WW2. I like the idea of a soldier bringing his bike back from war, painting a few checkers on it, and lining up at his local desert race.
In terms of modifications, I wanted this bike to perform well off-road, look like a vintage desert racer and sound amazing.. however, it had to maintain its original geometry. I created a photoshop mock-up before I’d even bought the bike, and the real thing turned out almost exactly the same!
  • The most noticeable thing would probably be the custom paint – painted by Renee from AeroStyle. It turned out perfectly!
  • I purchased some used ammo cans and got Brian from B&M Hickey Engineering to fabricate some heavy-duty mounts to bolt them to the frame. The ammo cans also feature stainless tie-down points to make loading and unloading luggage super easy
  • Purpose Built Moto and Timeless Auto Trim teamed up on the awesome custom ‘sled’ seat.
  • Purpose Built Moto also supplied the 3in1 rear light and front indicators – The perfect solution for a minimal aesthetic
  • Passenger peg mounts have been removed to clean up the rear end
  • The bulky stock speedo/tacho was removed and replaced with a tiny eBay speedometer
  • A custom headlight grill was fabricated to protect the headlight from the roost of my fellow adventurers 😉
  • Custom headlight ears from British Customs replace the bulky stock mounts
  • British Customs Drag pipes have been fitted for a clean look and AMAZING sound (especially when bouncing off the limiter)
  • For offroad performance, the front suspension was upgraded to heavy progressive springs and the rear end features a custom set of Gazi shocks that are 20mm longer than stock.
  • Fork gaiters were added for both protection and aesthetics
  • Knowing that the bike would be dropped… I fitted some bolt-on crash bars (which also work great as foot-rests!)
  • The engine got a few small upgrades including a British Customs airbox delete, DNA Performance Filters, and air injection delete
  • Tyres were chosen based entirely on aesthetics – with a Shinko Trials tire up front and a wild Dunlop knobby on the rear – this is as close as I could get to the look of Desert Racers from the 60s/70s
  • A bunch of British Customs bolt-on goodies has been used to clean up the overall appearance (rear sprocket, sprocket guard, reservoir caps, etc)
  • British Customs Moto pegs were fitted to give me a bit of extra grip when things get damp and muddy
  • I also hand-painted the rims – 100% would not recommend it.
I’m stoked with the outcome and the bike itself performed really well over the course of WOTM. There are a few things I’d change for next time (high exhaust and a bash plate to name a few), but overall it’s a really fun bike to ride and can take a fair bit of punishment.