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Triumph Thruxton Ace Cafe 904 Special

Posted on November 27th, by Andrew in Café Racer. 16 comments

Meet thee coolest damn Thruxton you’re ever likely to throw a leg over – the Ace Cafe 904 Special. Built by British Racing Shop T3 in conjunction with the Ace Cafe and the Stonebridge Motor Company, the original inspiration behind the project was to create a more modern, faster, and better handling version of the Thruxton while retaining the classic looks and feel of the original bike. And from what we read, they haven’t failed in their mission. It’s only original parts are the chassis and engine block, but you can rest assured that they have been tweaked more than a little as well; the dyno results give it a healthy 80bhp and 60lb.ft of torque. 

The T3 team have produced a run of only 15 units for sale to the public. Each bike has a bevy of tasty custom bits bolted on, including “fucking loud” hand-made OS Stainless pipes, Michelin Power One tires, fully adjustable Nitron front and back shocks, unique Talon custom wheels (both 17″), oversized pistons, beefy cams, bigger throttle bodies, adjustable levers, HM Racing all-digital race dash, and six-piston ISR front calipers.

The racing heritage of T3 means that the bike’s feel has been kept completely solid and controlled despite the large amount of mods undertaken. Ride reports tell of a loud, quick bike with a track-biased suspension set-up that still retains elements of the original bike’s laid-back approach. So put simply, you’re pretty much guaranteed to love it but the cops and the rest of your suburb may have other ideas.

Interested? You’ll need a cool £16k to fill that Thruxton-shaped gap in your garage. That may seem steep, especially when compared to Norton’s new Commando, but I’m guessing that you’d save quite a few pennies buying this particular bike over doing it all yourself. And if you ever get bored with it, you’ll be able to mount it on the wall and open a local branch of the Ace Cafe. Maybe.

Photos via MCN

  • kumo

    Awensome. It's really beautiful.

    Less chrome would be better, IMO. But it's a very nice bike.

  • Frank
  • Paddy

    Nice try. The seat and cowl are are poorly integrated. The seat looks a bit silly too.
    But I'd take it over any ride I've ever owned!

  • Dave in Kalifornia

    Sorry, Paddy- Those parts are factory Triumph. Take your issues up with them.

  • Paddy

    Well then, for 16 thousands pounds BRST3 should have bloody done something about it right?

  • Dave in Kalifornia

    @ Paddy-
    True… For that kind of cash-outlay on a "custom" bike, seat and tail should be reworked, if not replaced. Factory Triumph parts *work* well enough, but a little trip to the upholsterer to rework things, and a little time spent on the plastic, other than paint…. Meh, it doesn't really matter too much, the rest of the bike is well put-together. Think of it as a place to personalize the bike to you. (If you need to *pay* someone to build it for you, that is..) ;-)

  • KIK

    nice little corner carver, but the color doesnt help it,it takes away from the whole..i think.

  • Gene

    Very sweet build (except the bald tire, which I'm assuming is part of the "much much go" theme?)

    The wheels look to be off a CB750 dohc.

    Any idea where guys are finding these ultra skinny shocks?

  • Gene

    oops wrong thread…sorry.

  • KIK

    @Gene, having a beer while at pipeburn? cheers!

  • D.

    I really don't think I'm likely to throw my leg over one of these, actually.

  • Eric Maas

    That is kinda sad that they were only able to get 80BHP out of that Thruxton. My dad is a former Kosman machinist from the early days and has a 1967 Triumph TT Special that the built up in the early 70s. That bike is now 800cc makes over 80BHP plus it is air cooled. The bike is a beast to say the least. The engine was mated to a Rickman frame and it weighs in at ~292lbs. with a full tank of gas.

  • Chris (THRUX-SE)

    I built my own to pretty much the same specs. Spent $8000 on a new 2010 Thruxton, added about $4000 in performance and aesthetic mods. I have the same bike for $12000. The coolest and most fun bike I've ever owned in 35 years of riding. Some people bag Triumph Thruxtons and Bonnies but they're not made to be 200 mph, Jap made, Teenager Killing, ride like a monkey fucking a football, plastic covered, space ace Hondakawazukimahas. Buy it, tweak it, make it your own, ride it and love it. Believe me, It’s plenty fast. It’ll hit the ton in about 5 or 6 seconds with my 230 pound fat ass on it. This will be my last bike. I have found "the" one.

  • boohoo

    QUOTE: "Jap made, Teenager Killing, ride like a monkey fucking a football, plastic covered, space ace Hondakawazukimahas. Buy it, tweak it, make it your own, ride it and love it. Believe me, It’s plenty fast. It’ll hit the ton in about 5 or 6 seconds.."

    Couldn't agree more. Modern production bikes all look the same now, that is they all apparently need to look like they just came off a race track. The Bonnevilles and Thruxtons are fabulous bikes and what's more they look the way bikes looked before the industry succombed to the Alpinestars, plastic laden edgy ugly abject styling failure, race bike look. Boy racer production bikes suck!

  • CS

    Dear Chris,

    I am a college English teacher married to a Thruxton rider, who is also hoping/planning to "beef" his bike. He showed me your post. I laughed and laughed. I try to encourage my students to be creative and descriptive in their writing assignments. Somehow, I must figure out a way to use some of your comments/string of adjectives in a grammar lesson. They were truly wonderful! You illustrate my point perfectly. Better yet, would you be available for a visit? Ha.Ha. It could be a contemporary version of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle maintanence. Have a safe ride!

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