How do you turn an already good bike into an exceptional bike? This pale and interesting Triumph Thruxton custom from Kiddo Motors of Barcelona is one answer.
There’s some interesting thinking on this bike. The spoked wheels are from Alpina Raggi, using a proprietary system that allows them to run tubeless tires—Dunlop Arrowmax in this case. It’s also the first custom bike we’ve seen that’s fitted with the Motogadget m-Lock, a contact-free digital ignition lock that uses radio technology rather than a mechanical key.
Builders Sergio Armet and Jordi Sanchez also installed a Wiseco big bore kit, boosting the capacity of the 2005-model motor to 904cc. They’ve fitted Keihin Racing FCR 39mm Flat Slide carbs, and a simple but effective two-into-one exhaust system from British Customs. An oil cooler from Streetmaster’s Chris Dodge is hooked up to the frame.
Custom Kiddo parts include the minimal fenders and the seat, which sits in a modified rear subframe. The lights, front and rear, are from Bates, and Armet also rewired the Triumph. The stock forks remain, but they’ve been upgraded with Andreani/Öhlins cartridges. The rear shocks are now Öhlins too, and the brakes are Beringer.
This is one of my favorite machines from recent months: it’s sure to be fun to ride, packs a useful performance boost, and looks damn good too.