Barnsley-based customs shop Down & Out create nitrous beast in just three weeks
It didn’t take long for the chaps at Down & Out to work their magic on the new Triumph Bobber. Unveiled at the recent EICMA show in Milan, they had just three weeks to build this nitrous-equipped beast.
So how did they turn it round so quickly? D&O boss Shaun Walker agrees the build was a challenge, saying: “Making a bike in three weeks is always going to be a hard, especially to have it fully working. But Triumph are always really helpful, and we knew what they wanted.”
Challenges included getting to grips with the internally routed wiring. “Some of it is different to the Thruxton and the Bonneville and figuring out which wires were going where was difficult,” said Walker. “It took ages to get them all in the right order.” Working on Triumph electronics is notoriously tricky anyway, and the reason that many will avoid replacing the clocks. Though they struggled with it, the speedo was replaced with a Motogadget Chrono Classic offering to give it that Smiths look. Another of the seemingly endless challenges was getting the overall look right. For nearly half of the build the tank was absent while it was away being painted, which made it harder to visualise the end result.
Helping give the bike an even meaner look are the low-slung Fastec clip-ons, which replace the standard bars. The 1200cc twin’s soundtrack is beefed up by taking five inches off the length of the exhaust pipes, and this torquey temptress is further helped along with the addition of nitrous oxide, with two canisters mounted on each side of the swingarm. This beauty has both show and go.