The full name of the Triumph Thruxton Cafe Racer is the Hawkized II. The Cafe Racer was auctioned off Saturday November 5th, 2011 at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas, NV. All proceeds wen to benefit the Tony Hawk Foundation and Stand Up for Skateparks charity.
It doesn’t get much better than this! This café racer will go through life knowing it helped kids carve bowls, grind rails, ollie curbs, and ride the vert… what a satisfying life! Introducing the second Triumph for the Tony Hawk Foundation and the Stand Up for Skateparks charity.
The stock Triumph Thruxton already has a great café style, we just helped it along with a few key notes. The wheels were disassembled, coated in a vintage red by Olympic Powder Coating then re-laced and trued by Dubya USA. Once back at the RSD compound, we had them hand pinstriped by Tom Clark, our favorite sign painter. We bolted them up and connected the rear with a Renthal chainwheel, British Customs countershaft sprocket and a D.I.D chain. Finned front sprocket cover and generator cover from Speed Merchant. The front wheel was replaced with a 17-inch rim so we could wrap both front and rear with sticky Dunlop Q2 Qualifier tires. Front fork spring kit and 970 series reservoir shocks were supplied by Progressive Suspension.
Chris Wood of Airtrix took care of the two-tone red paint job featuring the newest Hawk logo on the tank and some lettering and pinstriped panels on the tank. We wanted something special for the exhaust so we sent the bike to FMF, where Little D enticed his best guys to do a beautiful one-off, low-slung, 2-into-2 Titanium exhaust system. We love that they used their patented Power Bombs in the header down tubes. These are sure to sing the sweetest of songs to the pilot of this machine. British Customs hooked us up with an airbox removal kit with K&N filters and a bunch of other trick bits like, adjustable Pazzo levers, Norman Hyde steering damper, Joker Machine carb caps and clutch cable bracket. The stock seat was reshaped to create a nice café tail section and wrapped in leather by Mauricio Aguilar of Azteca Customs. RSD donated the grips, pegs, gas cap, tag bracket, custom rear grab bar and the overall design and flavor of the bike.
We can only hope that the youth of today will be ripping the skate parks while dreaming of carving the canyons on the freedom of a motorcycle. Once again we can’t thank Triumph and the Hawk foundation enough for letting us be a part of this incredible project.
The Triumph Thruxton 900 is a British motorcycle made by Triumph Motorcycles. Launched in 2004, it was named after Thruxton racing circuit where Triumph won the first three places in the Thruxton 500 mile endurance race in 1969, establishing the “café racer” era where standard production motorcycles were modified to improve racing performance.
Triumph’s designers had developed the successful Triumph Bonneville, adding clip-on handlebars and rear set controls, with a small fly-screen, a cowl for the rear seat and ‘Megaphone’ silencers. Instruments were faced in white and a chequered stripe completed the “café racer” look. Beginning in 2007 a new solid colour stripe was used, featuring a broad centre stripe flanked by two thin stripes.
The engine was also upgraded with new cams and pistons increased by 90 mm, taking capacity to 865 cc and power up to 70 bhp (52 kW).Unlike the original Thruxton the new version is based on, which boasted top speeds over 140 mph (230 km/h), the new Thruxton tops out at 120 mph (190 km/h).
The frame is a tubular steel cradle with a twin-sided swingarm and traditional spoked wheels, 36-spoke (18 x 2.5 inch) front and 40-spoke (17 x 3.5 inch) rear. Front suspension has 41 mm forks with adjustable pre-loading and rear has chrome spring twin shock absorbers with adjustable pre-load. Front brakes are a single 320 mm floating disc and rear a smaller 255 mm disc, both with twin piston callipers.