I often wonder what the guys who run the custom motorcycle workshops ride. You'll see plenty of photos of their customers rides or the motorcycles they enter in the shows, but what gets them from A to B? I have these fantastical ideas that their bikes are things that us backyard builders could only dream about, with parts unobtainable by most, custom forged from scratch in their workshops. The reality is though that more often than not they ride bullet proof, reliable motorcycles, tweaked to perform to their high standard and customised enough to reflect their workshop and their own style.
With the Thruxton now looking right Herm set out to upgrade the bikes overall performance. The front suspension was improved with a set of pre-loaders and PRogressive springs as well as a DCC steering damper kit. The rear end was treated to a set of gas charged, adjustable, PRogressive cartridge shocks which can be easily adjusted for what ever type of ride Herm is planning. To squeeze more power out of the engine a full British Customs Predator exhaust along with rejetted carbs and hi-flow K&N filters have been fitted giving maximum improvements without risking reliability.
For a workshop bike this Thruxton could be considered to be quite mild, but in reality what Herm has created is a huge improvement on Triumphs original Thruxton. The improvements in handling and performance make it a formidable street racer and the DCC design tweaks bring its looks even closer to the Cafe Racer style it was originally modeled off.
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