THE BIKE OF RYAN

Hol­ly­wood A-lis­ter Ryan Reynolds’ cus­tom Tri­umph Thrux­ton

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By Built mag­a­zine

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.”

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