On Friday, Christian Clayton of Sucker Punch Sally’s passed away in his sleep, at the age of 40. His Arizona-based company was relatively young too: founded in 2002, it was renowned for building stripped-down, stylish bobbers and choppers. This Triumph Thruxton cafe racer was a collaboration with Fender Custom Guitars, and we first featured it in 2009. Back then, the distressed old school look was uncommon: the paint is by leading hot rod artist Sara Ray, who had relocated to become a permanent part of the SPS team.
The bike is an ’09 model Thruxton, and inspired by 1950s Isle of Man TT racers. The stock 865cc DOHC motor was not modified, but was given a custom exhaust system that terminates with slightly flared outlets reminiscent of a trumpet. The seat unit is completely new and the rear end was uprated with a pair of Öhlins shocks. HID bulbs are hidden in the headlight, which does double duty as a number plate. As a nice touch, the bolts on the headlight mounts are authentic Telecaster tuning keys.
For a different take on the same bike, check out this Triumph Thruxton from Mr Martini.