‘I will keep this for as long as keep riding’

Published: 10 February 2017

David Clarke - 2008 Triumph Thruxton

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.” 

Have you got your own shed built project on the go at the moment? Tell us about it and your bike could be featured here as well as in the paper too. Send an email with some details and pictures to andy.calton@motorcyclenews.com and james.archibald@motorcyclenews.com


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