First ride: Triumph Thruxton 904 Ace Special
You may have seen this lovely, highly-modified Triumph Thruxton on our stand at the Carole Nash MCN Motorcycle show at Excel earlier in the year.
Created by Tony Scott of T3 Racing (he also runs the Triumph Triple Challenge racing series) in conjunction with the Ace Café, the Thruxton 904 Ace Special has a Bob Farnham tuned, big-bore 904cc air-cooled, parallel twin cylinder engine, race bred suspension, brakes and electronic dash.
It’s beautifully screwed together and the paint-finish is out of this world.
A production run of 15 is planned and will cost £15,999.
I got to ride it around the back-roads near Brands Hatch, just up the road from T3 racing’s workshop and the biggest compliment I can give, it is that it goes as beautifully as it looks.
The motor has smooth power from nowhere to 8500rpm, the HM quickshifter-assisted gearbox is slick and the handling is easily good enough for the track.
Add to this a deep, burbling soundtrack from the handmade stainless steel exhausts and drop-dead gorgeous looks, and this is easily the best of the bunch of very fine modified Triumph Thruxtons I’ve had the pleasure of riding.
Read more about the Thruxton 904 Ace Special in MCN, Wednesday 2 June.