If you’ve got a recent-model Triumph Bonneville, Thruxton or Scrambler in your garage and want to upgrade it, you’re in luck. You’ll find a dizzying array of options to choose from, with full cafe racer kits at the top of the tree.
One of the best kits we’ve seen comes from the German accessory specialist Metisse (no relation to the English company of the same name). After launching kits for the BMW R1200, designer and Metisse owner Horst Edler has added a new model: the Metisse Triumph CR900.
The CR900 cafe racer kit fits any 2001-on model from the Triumph ‘modern classics’ range, and prices start from $3,700 including tax. The base kit includes an upholstered aluminum seat unit and a polished aluminum fuel tank, with a mount for the original fuel pump and a lockable filler cap. You also get an LED taillight, a number plate bracket with indicator mounts, a lowering kit for the instruments and a decal set. We’d prefer a stitched brown leather seat, but otherwise the look of the bike is absolutely spot-on.
If you want to buy a ready-built bike, the German Triumph dealer ZTK will assemble one for you—which would cost $15,000 or more, depending on spec. And yes, that includes the cost of the bike too.
Metisse also offers hop-up parts including belt drive kits, Wilbers suspension made to Metisse specifications, Gilles hand controls, rearsets and lightweight bolt kits. And since the company operates in Germany, all parts are TÜV approved—a good guarantee of quality.
Just add a 904 big bore kit and a Power Commander, and you’re good to go.