Back in early 2011, we were approached by Cafe Racer TV for an opportunity to work together on a build to be featured on their show.
Upon agreeing, we were given a task to enhance the handling, performance and appearance of a 2011 Triumph Thruxton only using bolt on parts within a 24 hour period while being filmed. The result was the Cafe Racer TV Project that was featured on Velocity TV’s Cafe Racer TV Series.
With that in mind, we thought the best machine for this task was the Thruxton 900, so we linked up with Southern California Triumph & purchased our first *new* motorcycle for our shop (most of our bikes come to us pre-owned).
Starting off on the performance side of the bike, we opted to go with a 2-1 exhaust system for clean lines with optimal performance, Air Box Removal Kit to let the motor breathe more & to expose side filters, Oil Pressure Gauge to have minimal monitoring on one of the most important aspects on the motorcycle.
When paired up with modified cams a Power Commander V is a must, custom tuning to getting the most out of the motor & mods. This bike falls under our first "rockets" in the modern classic lineups.
The 2-1 Low Pipes
The Air Box Removal Kit installed, replacing the stock air box with two K&N Filters for a classic aesthetic yet with more flow for more performance
Using clip-on handlebars became a big ordeal as some clip-on mounting clamps comes into contact with the master cylinder once everything is mounted. The only way around this is to grind off some material from the master cylinder where it's interfering with the clip-on clamp (hence no longer for sale on our website as it's not necessarily "bolt-on").
That's when the Dual Flat Gauge Bracket was developed, which positions the gauges so that they are level with the triple tree, lowering the headlight for a clean & elegant look.
Top triple tree no longer has the two holes from the riser clamps, leveled out with our Dual Flat Gauge Bracket
Lower & aggressive handlebar setup thanks to the LSL Clip-Ons
Then came the rear end, where we decided to entirely remove the rear fender assembly & replace it with our Cateye Fender Eliminator Kit.
To open up the rear end and enhance that aggressive stance, we used our Rear Wide Wheel Kit (5.5 inch), and positioned the license plate from the frame to the swingarm with our newly designed Shockmount License Plate Bracket.
Cateye FEK + Bullet Turn Signals in Silver (discontinued & superseded by Retro Turn Signals)
Cateye Fender Eliminator Kit paired with the Shock Mount License Plate Bracket
Top notch performance on the air/fuel side also means you'll need to enhance the control to handle the power, 1 to 1 so we added our Fork Brace to stiffen up the fork tubes, upgraded the front/rear suspension as stock suspension had a feeling of riding on pogosticks, then increased the rear wheel width for more road contact while giving it an aggressive look.
The choice of tire was the Continental Road Attack 2 which was optimal for street & track riding (the bike was later raced on the track - more info on this in the next blog post on the evolution)
Who knew going a few more inches wider on the rear wheel would make such a big difference (3.5 to 5.5")
Fork Brace & Steering Dampener, match made in heaven
The often overlooked area of modification are the small parts & accessories but you'd be surprised how much it would change the bike. We changed out bits like the seat screws, cowl screws, chock knob, passenger peg blocks, gas cap & side covers.
It felt right at this point to call these mods the "cherry on top".
Smooth Master Cylinder Cover & the Flush Mount Gas Cap gives the bike a minimal touch
Side number plate to give a retro look, Retro Sprocket Cover to expose the driveline more, Passenger Peg Block Offs to give the bike a race-look, & low profile screws unlike the stock seat screws that catches your eyes as a distraction
It feels more solid and refined, the stock Thruxton is good but the British Customs Thruxton is great”
–Ben and Eric Bostrom - Professional AMA Racers and Café Racer TV test riders