Job & Race by Mr. Martini 09 March 16
The Job & Race is a great example of style, sportiness, elegance and practicality that combines adrenaline on two wheels with the daily routine of work in the office. Nicola Martini leads us to discover this creation with enthusiasm. "What I was looking for was classic and sporty but at the same time with character. The Job & Race was built for the express purpose of being used every day and is based on an "antiquated" Thunderbird 900, a classic three-cylinder bike.
The complete front end is from a Ducati 900 SS that makes for a more solid and massive setup, both from the aesthetic and technical point of view. The braking system is comprised of two Brembo gold series calipers with large floating discs and made even more efficient by a radial master. At the rear, however, it is all Triumph, the swing arm is from an original Speed Triple, while the braking system remains stock, with single disc and a Nissin caliper with a single piston. Both the 17" wheels are three-spoke, giving a modern twist to the bike's look. The Pirelli Diablo tires with racing compound ensure excellent grip in all conditions.
With the new front end being more robust and efficient, the adoption of rearsets by Raask gives a riding position that is decidedly more aggressive than the standard model. The engine hides a dual personality: calm and placid to while in traffic, then as soon as you leave the traffic lights and get on some winding roads the Dynojet kit, that changes the settings of carburetors, improves the throttle response and off you go. The original manifolds are original and the bike's sound is enhanced using SuperTrapp exhausts that are tastefully angled up. A stunning half-fairing, and windshield were recreated by an English craftsman whose name is a trade secret.
The Job & Race's lines follow the stylistic feature of bikes lined up for endurance competitions in the seventies. The classic style is especially noticeable with details like the Monza cap, which overhangs the original tank, the secluded location of the warning lights, the Speed Triple original instruments, mounted in an offset manner, are seen under the plexiglass; the odometer is directly attached to the top plate, while the tachometer is attached to the windshield.
The tail cowl is from a Thruxton, which houses the new contoured seat and upholstered back. Up front there is a Thunderbird Sport fender, supported by original plexiglass supports. The only side bag is taken from the Thunderbird's dual sport sister, the Tiger, is reconfigured and mounts externally over hooks to enable it to be mounted on this different chassis. Internally, the bag has been modified, allowing space for the new rear light. For paint, the choice was for more classic colors, a strict black tuxedo look, graced by a Triumph decal on the tank, and Job & Race on the tail alongside a checkered band.
Photos by Simone Romeo
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Alan Goodsell , 09 March 16