Bikes & Customs: Workshop

Introducing: the Street Racer

When Thruxton met Street Twin

Interesting, cool and legal.
The three criteria laid down by the guys and girls at BMC Assenede who accepted a Benelux Triumph build-off challenge with this sweet retro Street Twin.

They added their own rules to the regs drafted up for the competition, which capped the total value of materials and man-hours, and amount of original Triumph accessories and parts.

“We wanted to add some principles of our own because we needed our Street Twin build to be street legal. We made no changes to the geometry of the bike so it could go directly on to the streets without any technical inspection,” says Kristina Ann De Rycke, from BMC.

A scrambler was considered and dismissed as ‘too obvious’, especially since Triumph already has a Scrambler kit for the Street Twin. The solution was a small Thruxton – cafe racer or self-styled Street Racer.

Kristina says: “The frame of the Street Twin already has two eyes to mount on the Thruxton fairing. Black Öhlins rear suspension is a nod to the larger Thruxton and the original saddle was made narrower with better fitting on the existing frame, supplemented with a saddle cover.”

A short rear fender with licence plate holder, bespoke upper yoke and side panels were tailor-made while the black short silencers and heat wrap complement perfectly the Street Twin/Thruxton vibe.

A classic red-white colour scheme and striping accentuated the sporting agility of the Thruxton, but as the budget edged higher, the spoked rims, a Brembo front radial caliper and Monza cap had to be sacrificed to stick within the rules.

Kristina says: “We are very pleased with the result and positive feedback. Customising motorcycles is our passion and we have a long tradition of building custom Triumphs for our customers.”