BCR Triumph Thruxton Steampunk Racer 22 September 14

Benjie's Cafe Racers built this project on a 2008 Triumph Thruxton with only 6,000 miles. The frame, motor and suspension geometry are stock, but the bike has a bare polished brushed aluminum finish with jet black highlights.

Starting from the front, the stock front end was changed to the USD forks off an early 2000s CBR1000RR and a new steering stem was machined, then the steering bearings were changed to make it fit. A 40 hole Harley Davidson front hub was used so it would work with wire wheels, and then machined the axle and spacer adapters for the double disc brakes. The CBRs front brake system was used so no extra machining was required. BCR cleaned up the upper trees, and fabricated stainless clip-ons. Also fabricated a dash and used a Harley Davidson speedo/tach, used the stock warning lights, and added speed holes around the speedo/tach. The front fenders are made of fiberglass with stainless struts.

To change to an all hydraulic hand controls for this bike they used the clutch system from a Ducati 900SS. To make the Ducati clutch slave blend with the primary cover, a side cover was fabricated and drilled with speed holes.

The aluminum tank design on this bike is totally new and original. An organic scallop bead was added across the tank to go with the front fairing, and then made an all original gas cap. To get that industrial look wanted for this build, they added and exposed a vent tube on top of the tank, and used stainless allen caps to secure that one off gas cap.

To get a nice tank-to-seat transition, the tail width of the tank was followed, then tapered into a wide tail. A wide tail for this bike had to be made to cover the wide stock seat frame, and to match the wide 18" 160 rear tire. The bottom of the tail of the seat curves up to match how the bottom front fairing is set up. Where the aluminum tail and upholstery meet, and an aluminum strip with speed holes was added. A handmade a tail light made of aluminum, and mounted it under the tail of the seat. To complement the front fender, the rear fiberglass fender was painted jet black with stainless struts.

In order to correspond with the original design on the tank and seat, a different layout for the exhaust was required. The stainless exhaust was set up high, and then tucked in the mid section, clearing the legs of the rider, which then exits high on both sides with oval-shaped reverse megaphone, wrapping the rear shocks. Aluminum heat shields were also added complete with speed holes to protect the rider from the heat.

Other one-off handmade parts on this bike are MX inspired stainless pegs and foot controls, heat shields for the oil cooler, skid plate, oil filler cap, license plate bracket, and even the key.

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Alan Goodsell , 22 September 14