Triumph Thruxton: British Customs Cafe Racer Deux

January 30th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Bikes, British Customs Bikes

Every bike has a story to tell such as where its been, who its carried around and what parts it has gained or lost over the years. Some bikes spend their days carrying an enthusiast to work each day or shining in the spotlight of a showroom but others are destined for a life full of adventures and forward thinking. This brings us to the Café Racer Deux and the story of how British Customs constant evolution of design has made us the leader in the Triumph aftermarket.

The Café Racer Deux started a few years ago as a stock 2011 Thruxton that was broken down and rebuilt for a series of segments in the second season of Café Racer TV. A couple dozen new parts, 15 extra horsepower and about 60 lbs of weight loss later, the British Customs Café Racer TV Thruxton was born.

 

 

The Café Racer TV build may have begun its life in front of a camera but it was destined for bigger and better things; canyon carving, road trips, track days, local ride-ins and events – we build these things and put them to the test. This beauty was even taken out to the Bonneville Salt Flats for Speed Week. This Thruxton’s last major event was the 2012 Barber Vintage Festival where it was accompanied by British Customs “Back to Basics” Triumph Bonneville.

At BC headquarters we are constantly reviewing our builds to see how we can update our designs and develop new products. It was time to move forward with this transformation and the goal was to update the styling while maintaining its Café Racer heritage, adding more classic design elements and some new products we had developed over the past year.  We wanted to demonstrate how the BC product line can transform a motorcycle while also looking at how our own products can continue to evolve.

So there we were, back in the shop with this Thruxton up on the lift once again; we made the decision to start over. We reinstalled the freshly brushed factory headers and added a set of brushed British Customs Slip on Predator exhaust mufflers to give the bike its classic 2-into-2 look that matched the engine covers.

During the Café Racer TV build we discovered some issues with our chain guard; a perfect example of how important these builds are to our design process. After re-tooling and re-designing the piece we’ve introduced the Modern Classic Chain Guard which was designed to complement the BC low-profile sprocket cover that shares design elements with the factory Triumph Thruxton heel guard.

 

The fork brace is another piece that has evolved over time, most recently updated to allow the mounting of fork gaiters. The solid fork brace with fender mounting holes was designed to work with our new removable halter tab design and allows us to mount either an aluminum or steel aftermarket fender. This piece is still in development and is expected to be available in early 2014.

The suspension had been upgraded the first time around to include shocks, fork springs and a steering dampener, but we really wanted to try out the new Hagon Nitro 440 Piggyback shocks. The simplicity of the design and the performance boost versus the cost made these a no-brainer. A bonus is that these piggyback reservoirs sit lower than other piggyback setups on the market, leaving space to relocate the turn signals.

Moving up to the front of the bike, we felt no need to replace the LSL Clip-Ons and Billet Triple Clamp. However, we did want to install a smaller headlight and push the gauges closer to the triple clamp. First we used the non clip-on version of the Dual Gauge Cluster Bracket with Ignition and re-designed the factory brake line. Then we fitted it with a new 5 3/4″Halo Headlight to give the bike a modern touch.

When working on builds like this we look at every single part as an opportunity to contribute to our vision. A perfect example of this mentality is the side covers on the Deux. We removed the set of BC number plates and replaced them with the slightly redesigned factory side covers. The incorporated wire-mesh cutout on the right hand side cover showcases the K&N filters while adding a custom touch.

 

Now it was time to get the tank and seat back on so we could get this bike back on the road. To maintain the design elements of a true Café Racer we fitted this Thruxton with a British Customs Café Racer Seat with built-in Lucas Taillight.

With all of the parts in place the only work remaining was the finishing touch. We took the bike over to our friends at the Department of Customz in Anaheim, CA where they gave the tank and headlight a slick silver paint job with red and black racing stripes, and slapped the “78” back on the side covers. If you look closely, you’ll see they put some beautiful finishing touches on by adding some red accents on a few of the BC components, such as the BC Clutch Finisher and Clutch Cable Bracket.

Most people can’t afford to go to a shop and get a bunch of custom work done, so as an alternative BC offers bolt-on parts that are affordable and can be installed with limited experience. The Café Racer Deux is just another example of how the right combination of parts can help anyone achieve their vision for what their bike could be. For a complete parts list visit the Modern Classics section of the British Customs Shop by Bike section.

Come See British Customs Builds at IMS

December 3rd, 2013 | Posted by AWC in Bikes, British Customs Bikes, Events, News & Events

The British Customs "Dirt Bike" in the Triumph Booth at IMS San Mateo.

British Customs is honored to be included in the Triumph Motorcycles booth at the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows. The manufacturer has poured some heart and soul into its display by showcasing a handful of modified builds from companies like British Customs.

The “Vintage Vendetta” (Triumph Speedmaster) and the “Dirt Bike” (Triumph Scrambler) are just two of the latest builds from British Customs. You might recognize the “Dirt Bike” from the Barber Vintage Festival where stunt rider Ernie Vigil put it through its paces, or perhaps in the British Customs “Desert to Mountains” video. Believe it or not, both of these Triumphs started out bare-bones stock and now feature nothing more than a handful of bolt-on parts from British Customs. Some parts improve performance; others make the bikes look even better. Together they can make any bike McQueen-cool. All of them are affordable, easy to install, and are available through www.British-Customs.com.

The British Customs "Vintage Vendetta" at IMS San Mateo.

Now you can see the “Vintage Vendetta” and “Dirt Bike” up close and personal in the Triumph Motorcycles booth on the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows tour. The Triumph display will also feature the Klock Werks Thunderbird Café Racer, Elena Myers’ AMA Pro Road Race Daytona, the Lowbrow Customs Double Vision land speed racer, the Bonneville Performance 1200cc Street Tracker and Team Empire drift bikes.

It’s becoming more and more clear that motorcyclists want to modify their bikes and make them their own, and the Triumph display at Progressive International Motorcycle Shows is a perfect example of how the Triumph community can come together to help people achieve their unique visions. British Customs is proud to be a part of the revolution.

Stop by the Triumph Motorcycles booth at the remaining IMS stops to see the British Customs “Vintage Vendetta” and “Dirt Bike”:

Long Beach, CA                    December 6-8

New York, NY                        December 13-15

Novi, MI                                  January 3-5

Washington, DC                  January 10-12

Minneapolis, MN                January 17-19

Phoenix, AZ                          January 24-26

Chicago, IL                           February 7-9

Seattle, WA                           February 14-16

Check out Marin Speed Shops Triumph Scrambler at the IMS Show in San Mateo, CA

October 26th, 2013 | Posted by admin in Dealer Bikes, Events

Come check out Marin Speed Shops Triumph Scrambler at the IMS Show in San Mateo, California. The bike will be on display in the Triumph Motorcycle booth.

Event Details:

San Mateo County Event Center

2495 South Delaware St

San Mateo, CA 94403

Show Hours:

Friday: 4:00pm – 9:00pm

Saturday: 9:30am – 8:00pm

Sunday: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Check out British Customs “Vintage Vendetta” at the IMS Show in San Mateo, CA

October 26th, 2013 | Posted by admin in Events, Other

Hang out with British Customs at the International Motorcycle Show in San Mateo, California. Two of British Customs latest bike builds will be on display in the Triumph Motorcycle booth.

Event Details:

San Mateo County Event Center

2495 South Delaware St

San Mateo, CA 94403

Show Hours:

Friday: 4:00pm – 9:00pm

Saturday: 9:30am – 8:00pm

Sunday: 10:00am – 5:00pm

 

Check out British Customs “Dirt Bike” at the IMS Show in San Mateo, CA

October 25th, 2013 | Posted by admin in Events, Other

 

Hang out with British Customs at the International Motorcycle Show in San Mateo, California. Two of British Customs latest bike builds will be on display in the Triumph Motorcycle booth.

Event Details:

San Mateo County Event Center

2495 South Delaware St

San Mateo, CA 94403

Show Hours:

Friday: 4:00pm – 9:00pm

Saturday: 9:30am – 8:00pm

Sunday: 10:00am – 5:00pm

   

The Hell On Wheels Hot August Nights, Dirt Track Classic

August 14th, 2013 | Posted by admin in Events, Triumph Modern Classics

 

British Customs was a proud sponsor of Meatball’s 1st Hell On Wheels Dirt Track Event. Meatball’s events are motorcycling at its purest. There are limited restrictions and endless possibilities for a good time. It sounded like a great platform for British Customs to do some testing and have some fun, so we entered three bikes into the event.

Bike #1:  Our first bike to enter the Hell On Wheels Challenge was the British Customs Desert Sled. The Desert Sled is a stripped dirt bike inspired Bonneville. Complete with dirt bike style fenders, stripped down controls, a new BC prototype drag pipe system, and knobby dirt bike tires this Triumph Bonneville was ready to dominate the track. The Desert Sled was ridden and tested by Sean D. who took three 1st place finishes and one 2nd place. Congratulations!

 

Bike #2:  Our second bike to enter the Hell On Wheels event was British Customs’ own team members daily rider “June”. Heath C.’s Triumph Bonneville was brought to the shop already rocking 95,000 cross country touring miles. Inspired by the infamous daredevil, Evel Knievel, “June” was overhauled for the track. Heath’s goal was to create a bike that he could dirt track but still ride comfortably on the street. The project began by reviewing the stock Triumph Bonneville’s driveline and controls. We started with the wheels and replaced the stock rims with 19” Excel rims and DOT flat track tires. Next we swapped out the risers and replaced the stock controls with upgraded 7/8” controls. Lastly, we installed a set of British Customs prototype Flat Track Triple Trees.  Only his second time racing at a dirt track event, Heath took home a 2nd and 4th place finish and slid out two times pushing his Bonneville as hard as he could.

Bike #3:  Our last bike to enter the challenge was a Triumph Scrambler acquired after the filming of the re-make “The Great Escape”. We recently built the Scrambler into an adventure bike, but quickly realized we needed a street tracker in the shop. Brian Catterson, former Editor of Motorcyclist Magazine, rode the project tracker and took home a 3rd place finish.

We arrived to the Perris ¼ mile dirt track with the goal of testing a few new designs and came out winners. It was great to see the Modern Triumphs go head to head with lighter more nimble bikes and come out on top. We proved that, with little to no modification, the Triumph can easily go from the street to the track! We will be posting video of the action and details of each build in the upcoming weeks. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram for the latest updates.

 

 

 

 

First Annual Iron and Resin Hooligan Hoedown

April 12th, 2013 | Posted by patrickf in Events, News & Events, Other

Iron and Resin is a clothing manufacturer from Ventura, CA who embodies the motorcycle surf culture.  In a mass produced, disposable world, Iron and Resin “forges” their products here in California.  The InR crew is a a good group and they’ve been building some great momentum.  They’re pushing back their usual “Second Sunday” ride to coincide with their First Annual Hooligan Hoedown.  If you’re not familiar with them, definitely check out their site.  If you’re anywhere near So Cal, come out April 20th for what will be a real great time with live music, good food and fun crew.

GO HERE to purchase tickets for the hoedown.

St. Pete Powersports and Dime City Cycles Launch Event

March 22nd, 2013 | Posted by admin in Other

Dime City Cycles is proud to be unveiling their new custom Triumph Bonneville featuring British Customs components and new components designed by Dime City Cycles. We welcome you to join them at St. Pete Powersports on March 30th, 2013 as they reveal their latest creation and new line of custom motorcycle parts. As a show special, St. Pete Powersports will be offering a 10% discount off any British Customs product the day of the event.

Event Details:

Location: St. Pete Powersports
Address: 555 34th St S St Petersburg, FL 33711 (Google Maps Link)
Phone: (727) 456-6088
Date: 3/30/13
Time: 6pm – 10pm *After party and ride to The Sake Bomb in downtown St. Pete

For more information about this event click here to be redirected to Dime City Cycles blog

Racing Starts This Weekend

March 21st, 2013 | Posted by British Customs in Events, Promotions, Thruxton Cup

 

Grab your family and friends and join us this weekend, March 22-24, at NOLA in Avondale, Louisiana for a weekend of racing.

As the racers start to arrive in Avondale, Louisiana for the first race of the season; anticipation begins to build. As each racer works to complete the final touches to their Triumph Thruxton they start to prepare mentally for thrilling race ahead. They imagine the stress and excitement as they work their way to the front of the line, the way the tires feel on the asphalt as they push their motorcycles to their limit in hope to get one position closer to the finish line. It’s an adrenaline filled experience that a racer will never forget.

Have you ever dreamed of racing your Triumph Thruxton? Well now is your chance! The American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA) has a spec class called the Thruxton Cup TransAtlantic Challenge created specifically for the Triumph Thruxton. This class was created for racers of all ages and skill levels, ranging from beginners to experts. With minimal modifications, you can be one of the many who have decided to live out a dream of racing classic Triumph café racers. Click here to get more information on becoming a racer in the Thruxton Cup.

Thruxton Cup 2013 Promo Video

Cafe Racer Reader Ride In Show

February 21st, 2013 | Posted by admin in Other

Cafe Racer Reader Ride In Bike Show

 

 

 

 

 

Have a bike you think is worthy of recognition? It’s time to see if you have what it takes to win the Café Racer Magazine Reader Ride In Bike Show presented by British Customs.  This event will be held on March 2nd and is open to all motorcycle makes and models. Bike show registration will begin at 9am PST.

Come talk with some of the industry’s leading manufacturers about their parts, builds and what inspires them.  Local custom shops will be on hand to show off some of their latest builds; and discuss the services they offer from basic maintenance and installation services to custom builds.

Custom bikes, great food, drinks and music…this is a show with a little something for everybody!
We welcome all motorcycle enthusiasts, builders and aficionados to come hang with us for the day.

Any builders, vendors, and manufacturers we forgot to invite please be sure to contact Sean at 310-225-2570 x101  to secure your space. This is an event you won’t want to miss.

Download Flyer Here or visit Cafe Racer Magazine