Triumph Bonneville Black

New Thruxton seat, cowl and rear shocks

Bullitt OG becomes more 'Thruxton' everyday

This bike is becoming more and more a Thruxton....and I love it.  I came across a guy who had replaced some stock components with some aftermarket bits.  He was just selling the seat/cowl combo but after hearing that I was building a cafe racer he threw in his stock Thruxton shocks too.  My bike is almost completely Thruxton....a Bruxton?...I think I like it.
 Not a major difference on the shocks (about 1.5") but it's pretty noticeable.
Going for the slammed look.

The last thing I need to do is decide on whether or not to keep the racing stripes on the tail and add them to the tank, or to drop the stripes all together. My instincts draw me to go black, black, black. I'm probably headed for the dark side......

Thruxton Bars

So I finally got the bars I had been waiting for.... Triumph just released the 2009 Thruxton replacement bars from the factory and I got the first pair sent to my dealership. I think they made a drastic improvement to the aesthetic, however those blinkers are still a major eyesore. One thing at a time I suppose.

Weekend updates:

  • New bars
  • Adjustment to the rearsets for better shifting
  • Black "racing" tape over the headlight

The inspiration behind the tape over the headlight was originally from a magazine I read on cafe-racers. I was thinking to myself that I should try it out but when I saw another Black Bonnie with the taped-up light, I knew I loved it. They just look so much tougher like that. When someone asked me what that's for, I replied that it comes from track riding. When on a track they make you remove most removable stuff and tape-up the headlight. Well, that's what I'm going with anyways...

New: Thruxton rearsets

Amidst my mind-numbing and constant craigslist searches, I finally found a golden nugget: An older gentleman had posted a wanted ad, asking someone to trade their standard Bonneville footpegs (like mine) for the Thruxton pair. The Thruxton is the already cafe'd model of the Triumph Bonneville, coming stock with more aggressive rearsets. These allow for a more tucked body position, great for going fast, but can be less comfortable for all around riding. This guy didn't own a car...his bike was his car. So, I stumbled across a mod that was a free $500 addition I was planning on doing anyway.
By adding the rearsets, there is an additional linkage for the clutch that has been giving me a little trouble getting back into first. I'm sure it's only a matter of giving/taking a little slack in or out to remedy that. Forgot to get a good pic of them now that they're on, but I did manage to snap a photo of my bike wearing the Thruxton owner's rear cowl. I can't wait to add one of those as well. Next move will be getting rid of the those ridiculously wide clubman bars and getting rid of the mickey mouse blinkers. I've got the 2009 Thruxton bars on order and will slap them on as soon as they come. I can hardly wait.....