This Triumph Thruxton is the latest beauty to roll out of the shop. And you’d never guess, but it was completed in just three weeks
“The customer wanted it to be ready for the Distinguished Gentlemans Ride in London,” says Shaun. “Unfortunately we had another three builds to get ready for the Ride too … but we made it on time.”
The donor bike was a 2015-model Thruxton. “It wasn’t the best choice for this particular build though,” Shaun says, “because we wanted to use the smaller clutch and brake set-up from the Scrambler and SE models. So we ordered in the components and swapped them over.”
The stock switchgear was binned too, replaced by Motone micro switches. “This allowed us to run all the wiring inside the LSL bars for a super clean look.”
The biggest change is an unusual one, but worth it for the visual impact alone. “We fitted a wide fork kit, so we could run 16×3 wheels with bigger tires. The kit is made for us by Fastec Racing, and includes 246mm wide yokes.” Custom brackets keep the seven-inch headlight tucked in tight for a tidy appearance.
Frame cuts are almost de rigueur these days, but Down & Out resisted the temptation to fire up the grinder for a quick chop. “We made a prototype stainless steel rack and baseplate instead,” says Shaun.
“With this set-up, we can still install the custom seat we use on all our Triumph builds. And it all unbolts, so you can put your bike back to standard using the stock seat whenever you want
Underneath the seat are JVB-moto side covers. The custom alloy rear fender bolts straight in—and fits all standard Bonnevilles, too.
Engine work was minimal. “The customer wanted a clean-looking bike, one that’s custom but not over the top,” says Shaun. “He’s not looking to go racing.”
So the powertrain gets just a subtle boost: a modified airbox, a custom stainless exhaust system that sounds as good as it looks, and an ECU remap to sharpen engine response.
“We wanted to concentrate on the stuff that makes the bike ‘clean’—the bars, the shorter seat and the rack, which influence the overall feel of the bike,” says Shaun. The finishing touch is a delicious lick of gold and black paint by Pro Kustom.
aluminum intake bellmouth. LSL parts Ignition relocator, chain guard, bars, risers and master cylinder.
Also Renthal sprockets, Öhlins shocks, Motogadget Tiny speedometer and m-Tri signal adaptor box, JVB-moto side panels. Paint by Pro Kustom.
WORDS: BIKE EXIF
PICTURES: SIMON KRAJNYAK