THE BIKE OF RYAN
Hollywood A-lister Ryan Reynolds’ custom Triumph Thruxton
Ryan Reynolds’ Triumph is a piece of biking brilliance, but where did the idea come from and who did all of the hard work?
Dustin Kott had been making a name for himself in LA, but was still a little taken aback when he was contacted by Triumph. The company had given a pre-2016 Thruxton to the Hollywood superstar but wanted Kott to make it something really special.
Kott explained: “The biggest challenge taking on a machine with so much technology is trying to rid it of any encumbrance without stopping it working. You have to consider much more than just several wires that operate ignition, lighting and some form of a charging system. The notable modifications to this Thruxton included the removal and transfer of the fuel pump system into a Yamaha XS1100 fuel tank. A lithium ion battery and the ECU were carefully repositioned beneath the seat cowl.
“The rest of the wiring was placed in trays welded to the frame under the seat. I was careful to maintain accessibility of components for servicing and the frame rails allowed for a perforated steel plate design, which allows turbulent air to cool components.”
Kott always test rides a bike before starting work on it and while he was impressed with the Thruxton he wanted to make it a bit more aggressive. “I wanted to capture the attention of someone who normally would never see the intrinsic artistry and beauty of a motorcycle. There are frame concerns that need to be addressed depending on the approach and genre of your build but ultimately you can capture the timeless quality of cool with a Triumph.
“Deciding on the finished paint scheme was challenging. Todd Wilson is the head of special projects for Triumph in North America and we agreed that a deep red with pewter striping would promote elegance and timeless classiness. It turns out the paint scheme was similar to the colours of Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool character so this decision put the motorcycle in front of an audience who would probably never have been introduced to the bike.”