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Triumph Thruxton: British Customs Cafe Racer Deux

January 30th, 2014 1 comment

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 No comments

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

Custom BC build for Cafe Racer TV

October 24th, 2012 5 comments

We know Cafe Racer Season 2 aired awhile ago but we wanted to give you all a behind the scenes look at what went into the build and how we reached our final product.  Our objective was to transform a stock 2011 Triumph Thruxton into a café racer using only bolt-on parts.  The final result was tested by Ben and Eric Bostrom and compared to a stock 2011 Triumph Thruxton (provided by So Cal Triumph). Read the rest of this entry »

BC’s Black and Blue Speedmaster

December 6th, 2011 No comments

Looking to spice up your cruiser some style and performance?  Take a look at our custom ‘Black and Blue’ Speedmaster and you’ll see how we took a few of our aftermarket parts and we were able to transform our bike into a real head-turner that’s a blast to ride. Read the rest of this entry »

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New! Curved Risers for your Triumph Speedmaster

November 8th, 2011 No comments

Check out the latest from British Customs for your Triumph Speedmaster! The new Speedmaster Curved Risers provide a more comfortable and secure riding position.

Stock risers on the Triumph Speedmaster can be uncomfortable, forcing you to constantly lean forward as you ride. The swept back design of the British Customs Curved Risers pushes the stock drag bar by approximately 1” back and ¼” lower. (See stock vs. British Customs Curved Risers image below.)

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The new British Customs Curved Risers feature ball milled decorative lines and a smooth radius all around. Designed specifically for your Speedmaster, the Curved Risers come in a show quality chrome finish and will match the lines of your Triumph.

As with all British Customs products, these Curved Risers for your Speedmaster are made from high quality material, a simple bolt on solution, and a direct replacement for your stock risers.

Cover Up Your Mirror Mounting Holes

October 25th, 2011 No comments

If you’ve relocated your mirrors, you’ll see a very noticeable hole where the stock mirrors were mounted. A simple solution to keeping your bike looking clean and sleek is to use the British Customs Screw In Mirror Hole Caps. Each cap has a domed design to match the contours of the stock mounting location. Unlike other caps, our Screw In Mirror Hole Caps are manufactured from 6061 aluminum and anodized black for superior weather resistance.

Get a Richer Sound and Increase Power to Your Scrambler

October 23rd, 2011 No comments


British Customs has engineered a 3″ reverse cone exhaust designed to slip over any 1/5″ pipe, easily slipping onto the end of headers without additional hanging brackets. This small package will produce a deep rich exhaust note that you’d expect from our much larger pipes. The Mini Reverse Cone Exhaust‘s sound and back pressure are created through a 1.5″ mechanical baffle that will never require repacking. Click her for more info on the Mini Reverse Cone Exhaust and see how you can unleash the full power of your Triumph Scrambler.

Installing Aftermarket Turn Signals Easily

October 21st, 2011 No comments

The British Customs Triumph America & Speedmaster Front Turn Signal Brackets are designed to make installation of aftermarket front turn signals quick and simple. Use aftermarket signals and our Front Turn Signal Brackets to clean up the front end of your Triumph by mounting the signals off the lower triple tree. Our brackets are of stainless steel construction with a show quality chrome finish, accommodating any turn signal with an 8 mm or smaller stalk. And like with most British Customs products, the Front Turn Signal Brackets are a simple bolt on installation with no modifications required.

Customer Profile: Frank Falco’s 2007 Triumph Bonneville T100

October 19th, 2011 No comments

We are very impressed with Frank Falco from Lindenhurst, NY. Frank transformed the look of his 2007 Triumph Bonneville T100 in just five hours!

We can see that style and look are very important to him. Frank cleaned up the back end of his T100 with the British Customs Fender Eliminator Kit and cleaned up the front end with the BC Front Turn Signal Relocation Bracket.

It’s a really nice looking bike. Thanks for sharing the photo with us, Frank.

 

Featured British Customs Products:

Fender Eliminator Kit

Front Turn Signal Relocation Bracket

Front Turn Signal Block Off Plates

 

Other featured products:

Black Clubman Handlebars

Football Style Hand Grips

Fat Bar Risers for Your Triumph Street Triple

October 17th, 2011 No comments

If you’re looking to switch out the stock risers and handlebars on your Triumph Street Triple, do it with ease with the British Customs Fat Bar Risers. These Fat Bar Risers make the switch quick and easy while providing you a high quality, durable product. This bolt on installation is one of the quickest ways to clean up the front end of your Street Triple.