We knew we wanted a Cafe Racer. The ‘scene’ was growing and the ‘want’ soon became a ‘need’… and we needed it to be BAD. There are some hugely skilled engineers in some highly talented motorcycle shops out there and we respect them all; but there was a but. We’ve been around motor racing, motorcycles, cars and aircraft a long time and we know how to glue together ideas and metal… so, we decided to build the Cafe Racer we knew only we could design. Another ‘but’ – we didn’t have time on our side with everything that’s going on; this wasn’t our only project on the go! Who do we trust? Who can translate our very particular ideas and specification into a rolling work of art? Well we’d been looking around for a while and one guy kept cropping up in the conversation – Steve Brown. Nope – we hadn’t heard of him either but he’s fast becoming recognised within the Cafe Racer community and he’s a nice guy which goes a long way in the decision making process.
For us, if it’s a Cafe Racer it has to be British… nothing against the Italian, German and Japanese creations but we wanted to reach back through time and make the Cafe Racer that Triumph should of made (in our view!). We started with the most unlikely donor – a Triumph Trophy Tourer. What! Yes, that one – not the prettiest motorcycle ever made and weighing in on the oil rig scale – that very point brings us onto the frame; it lent itself to the long, lean look that we were looking for. That’s when we snapped out of the ‘Shallow Hal’ phase of the build and started getting down to making sparks – it went on the lift and started to lose weigh, fast. Then came the challenge of making it all fit – everyone hates wiring but now we really hate it (but it’s been worth it) and the tins – the tank and seat unit had to flow while consealing battery and electrics; and we are, even though we say it ourselves, pretty happy with the outcome. Next, the bits that make look right and perform right – Ohlins, Brembo stoppers, Marchesini hoops and a hand-made suede seat with blue stitch which picks up the odd bit of blue anodising and pipework. And that exhaust pipe – three-into-one… oh yes, forgot to mention that a Triple on song is one of the sweetest sounds a machine can make and was indeed one of the key elements in the choice of donor bike – and this one doesn’t disappoint.
Well now we have sated our appetite; we knew we could create something very special and we’re proud of ‘The Bastard’ as it’s become known. 2015 will see it used and shown – the few that have seen it so far have flattered us so we’re confident it will get a good reception at the shows. We’ll keep you in the loop re the shows we’ll be doing once we know the dates. For us it was a project to see if we could… and we can! If you fall in love with it we can make another or you can have this one (P.O.A.).