SHED-BUILT BIKES ‘I will keep this for as long as keep rid­ing’

David Clarke 2008 Tri­umph Thrux­ton

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Re­tired IT man­ager David Clarke has owned eight Hinckley Tri­umphs, so it was only a mat­ter of time be­fore he cus­tomised one.

He’s taken a 2008 Thrux­ton and turned it into unique café racer. He said: “I loved that style of bike in the 1960s and wanted to build my own.”

The brakes have been re­placed with six-pot Pretech calipers up front and the sus­pen­sion has been sorted with a pair of Ikon rear shocks, while the forks have Max­ton in­ter­nals. There’s an Ar­row ex­haust the wheels are a set of be­spoke cus­tom of­fer­ings from the Devon Rim Com­pany.

Clarke has fur­ther en­hanced the bike with a Manx style al­loy tank and also re­placed the seat. Some sub­tle Nor­man Hyde CNC in­di­ca­tors com­plete the look.

David had dreamt of own­ing a Norvin, but he’s happy that he hasn’t had to shell out silly amounts of cash for his café racer. He said: “As I get older I ap­pre­ci­ate the light weight, so I will be keep­ing this for as long as I con­tinue bik­ing.”

BE A SHEDBUILT STAR Send de­tails and pics to james.archibald@ mo­tor­cy­cle­news.com

Manx-style tank trans­forms the look

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