On the bars you'll find Ducati 900ss controls which operate a custom mounted 900ss hydraulic clutch. The air/fuel delivery has been upgraded using a pair of bolt on 39mm Keihin FCR carbs with those unmistakable red velocity stacks. For all you Thruxton owners out there, if you're looking for a bit more grunt, Benjie informed me that with these you'll get a 'night and day difference in performance'. An entirely new, stainless steel exhaust was also fabricated for the Thruxton. Because of the revised bodywork and new riding position it was essential that the pipes sat high. The oval mufflers flow back around the rear springs and alloy heat shields protect the riders thighs from uncomfortable burns.
"Even with the stock Triumph frame, the tank, seat and number plate fairing that we made, totally changed the look of the bike. It made the bike look nothing like the stock Thruxton."
It's all in the details. Other touches that place this build in the "incredible" category include custom heat shields on the oil cooler and exhausts, MX inspired stainless steel foot pegs and controls, the clever combination of brushed vs polished finishes, custom made struts and countless drilled and polished, functional embellishments that cover the bike. Benjie and his team have hit it out of the ball park with this one and he tells me they have another Ducati project in the pipeline... I can't wait to see what they come up with for that one!
Benjie's Cafe Racers | Photos by Blacksheep Manila
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