Return of the Cafe Racers - Triumph Thruxton Street Tracker

Triumph Thruxton Street Tracker

Last time we heard from Dan he'd had an unfortunate accident that left him and the lovely Speed Merchant Thruxton Cafe Racer out of action. Thankfully Dan has since recovered from his injuries and the Speed Merchant team have been at it again with another custom Triumph Thruxton. This time round though…




Last time we heard from Dan he’d had an unfortunate accident that left him and the lovely Speed Merchant Thruxton Cafe Racer out of action. Thankfully Dan has since recovered from his injuries and the Speed Merchant team have been at it again with another custom Triumph Thruxton. This time round though rather than building a replacement Cafe Racer the guys have opted for a Street Tracker inspired design which you can drool over thanks to these new shots from Dan.

The ’04 Thruxton has received a mix of parts from the Speed Merchant catalog as well as a few trick upgrades to set their Thruxton apart from the rest. Starting with modifications to the bikes visual elements we  have the Speed Merchant brushed and ribbed (for everyones pleasure) startor and sprocket covers, Delisle 1″ risers and a set of Speed Merchant “Speedbar” 1″ handlebars (available in their store this Summer) that are stepped to allow retention of the original controls. The custom seat and tail section with grab rail is a one off piece made in-house by the SM team along with the racing number plate which houses a Lazer Star headlight. The rear section of the frame was also trimmed and more Lazer Star XS LED lights provide brake and indicator lighting. 

A custom build wouldn’t be complete without a few performance modifications and Speed Merchants Tracker is of course no exception. Lightweight Sun Aluminium rims wrapped in Bridgestone Battlax rubber help to shed a few pounds and improve road holding, while the inverted 50mm Marzocchi front end and Ohlins “piggyback” 14″ rear shocks tackle bumps in the road with ease. FCR 39mm carbs feed extra fuel and air to the Thruxtons 865cc motor and the hand made, one off pipes evacuate exhaust give the bike extra bark and bite. To help balance out the power increases SM also added Dual Tokico four piston brakes up front with 11.5″ rotors.

Finally a bit of house keeping was done to clean up exposed electrics. The Thruxton’s regulator was relocated out of sight and the battery was placed in a custom cradle under the swing arm. The wiring loom was also modified to run only the essentials and before being rerouted out of sight. The Speed Merchant Tracker get another two thumbs up from me, what do you guys think?

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