Sharp Custom Triumph Thruxton With A Wealth Of High Quality Details

As a factory model, it’s very difficult to compete with the Triumph Thruxton’s beautiful aggressive styling and Café Racer looks. As a matter of fact the Thruxton is originally a limited edition production-class racer hand-built in 1965 by the Triumph factory race shop for homologation purposes and entered into British endurance racing by local agents. A modern successor was announced in 2004 (the air-cooled Thruxton 900), and again in 2016 (two 1200cc water-cooled models, the Triumph Thruxton and Triumph Thruxton R.)

Hallmark Café racer modifications almost always include a rear set of footrests, a small flyscreen, analogue instruments, reverse-cone exhaust silencers and a seat cowl. But it’s not necessarily enough to push a sport street bike to a new level. Custom shop Death Machines of London will remind you that the “Devil is in the details” and that this resurrected 2007 Triumph Thruxton was a bastard to rebuild, all about intricate details, unique materials and one bloody thing after another…But no pain no gain, right?

As usual for a full blown custom factory bike, the Thruxtom was disassembled, then the stock frame was de-lugged with all welds being smoothed out. Rear tubes were bent for a completely new rear section. To unleash adrenaline, engine work includes the oil cooler being removed for a gain of weight, a remapped fueling program helped by velocity stacks featuring a brushed outer and mirror polished interior surface with etched brass grills and DMOL logo inlays. For aesthetic reasons, engine covers are powder coated with the sprocket cage featuring solid brass grills and an engraved name plate. Engine is finished in satin and flat black.

The bespoke exhaust system is treated in black ceramic coating and ends with a carbon fiber muffler exiting through the rear light cluster! It took the shop to destroy eleven light units to figure out the muffler heat shielding – not touching the light cluster – within the heat tolerance of the plastic housing…This “copperized” Thruxton rolls on a 19″ x 2.5″ front wheel with Avon Trail Rider 100/90×19 tire and a 17″x 3.5″ rear wheel with Avon Trail Rider 160/60×17 tire. Beauty of these wheels is in their treatment: electroplated in copper, then laced using black anodized spokes and nipples. Bike stance was modified with a rear suspension via shock absorbers 20mm over stock. The front lowers legs got re-valved internals uprated with Progressive springs.

Bars were hand bent and welded from underneath to a slotted top clamp. The single-spiral knurled right grip is working as an internal throttle assembly, while the left features mini finger-tip controls for the lighting and horn. All electrics are in-house designed with the loom feeding to the main switch, which in this case is a 1940 Supermarine Spitfire Mk1 magneto. The first magneto sets the bike live, while toggling the second engages the starter motor. The battery is held in a custom case situated between the foot pegs.

The brushed aluminum front light cowl houses a 7” military-specification LED headlamp and the custom-made speedometer The gas tank is fitted with an aero style filler which is itself covered with a brass plate engraved with the Hunter S. Thompson quote: “Faster, faster, until the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death.” The hand-stitched and tanned leather tank strap is completed with an in-house brushed aluminum strap clamp. The tank is treated in satin black finish with gloss hairline delineating it from the hand-brushed aluminum part. Seat is hand-carved from American Walnut by Ben Heeney at Ian Dunn Woodwork and Design in London. Wood is finished with several coats of Danish Oil. London Death Machines. (Photos @ David Clerihew)

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13 Responses to “Sharp Custom Triumph Thruxton With A Wealth Of High Quality Details”


  1. 1 Sam Dec 18th, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Recent testing indicates most riders felt the seat felt a bit wooden.

  2. 2 Chief Waldo Dec 18th, 2017 at 11:26 am

    You’ve got to wear those padded bicycle shorts under your leathers to ride it.

  3. 3 P. Hamilton Dec 18th, 2017 at 11:39 am

    I don’t care comfort on a Cafe. Like it.

  4. 4 Jeffrey Dec 18th, 2017 at 11:40 am

    I think it’s a pretty bike and I would like to ride it.

  5. 5 Emmett Dec 18th, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Do you Pledge or wax the seat? Splinters will be most unpleasant.
    Kidding. Just kidding!

  6. 6 Fzzzz Dec 18th, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    Beautiful bike. Does your voice go up an octave after you get off ( the bike, after a ride)?

  7. 7 Xenu Dec 18th, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    Wood is so last year. Granite is the new wood.

  8. 8 James just another crazy kiwi Dec 18th, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    Mmmm when I was a boy I had Bonnies, and yes after a couple of hours your butt felt like it was on fire

    No good on that seat 😉

  9. 9 highrpm Dec 18th, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    very nice use of materials contrasting in execution. and cool one-off ideas. and i like their website presentation of the bike. edgy. hope these guys do well and prosper.

  10. 10 Pat h Dec 19th, 2017 at 1:33 am

    Not bad but I don’t get the step backwards on brakes I guess all about the old school (hate that saying ) if there would have had good disc brakes 50 or 60 years ago every cafe or chopper would have had them,

  11. 11 Biggles Dec 20th, 2017 at 1:26 am

    Absolutely stunning bike. Heavy duty drum on the front would be stronger than a lot of HD front brakes.

  12. 12 Pat h Dec 24th, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    Not as good as the disc it came with just saying

  13. 13 barneyfife Dec 27th, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    Dam, with all the nice looking custom Thruxtons out there this dog’s breakfast shows up.

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