When the 900 Triumph Trident hit the pre-Millennium streets, it was hailed by the motorcycle media as one of Triumph’s “best early machines”.
So as times and tastes evolve, especially on the chic avenues of France, so too does the desire to keep the classic roadster fires burning 2017-style. Step forward the guys at Axxess Machine in Brittany, who have blended old with stunning new to create, what else… the 1200 Thruxton Classic Vintage.
Builder Daniel Millotte said the inspiration behind the Trident ’96 meets Thruxton ’16 project was nothing more than a spur of the moment thing: “I just had a good feeling that it would work and we think it does.”
His team, which works alongside the Triumph dealership in Lanester, took the factory Thruxton and, using only Triumph parts, gave it a two decades old retro vibe.
“We added some low bars, changed the seat cover to a classic brown and dropped it on a classic seat, then added some contemporary touches like the Vance & Hines chromed exhaust to keep it up to date,” he said.
Subtle but noticeable touches including balloon grips, mirror, foot pegs, rear fender and LED indicator are a nod to the ’96 favourite, but it’s the 900 Trident inspired custom paint that’s the icing on the cake. Daniel said: “The beauty is that all the accessories all come from the Triumph catalogue, and spec–wise there are no differences from a factory Thruxton.”
If you’re in the area and fancy a test ride or a tour of the Triumph range, pay the guys at Triumph Lanester a visit. You never know, you might even catch a glimpse of their stunning custom in the flesh.