View Full Version : My 11 year old Girlfriend.

10-15-2009, 8:44 PM
Here is one I have had packed away for years. 1998 Triumph Thunderbird. It was BONE stock until a few nights ago when I took off the reflectors. I rode it 29,240 miles in the first 2 and a half years I owned it, then about 800 in the next 8 years. I bought it new in 1999 and have put every on of the miles on it myself. The thing is as solid as a rock. Cruise all day at 90MPH. I got it back on the road a few days ago and the first thing I did was put 600 miles on it in about 23 hours.

So I am thinking after all these years of languishing in its stock accoutrements, what the heck am I gonna do to it to jazz it up a little bit. Despite building a bunch of old bikes and mildly customizing a bunch more, I am a little out of sorts on this deal. I am thinking I cannot get around the fact that it is a BIG bike with a BIG radiator out front which shortens up the look of the bike considerably. I DON'T want to hardtail it, too much trouble. I wanna replace the seat with a bench style and I want to shorten the rear fender and add a simple vintage tail light, otherwise I am lost. Anybody ever seen one of these customized? Pics?

I am thinking early 70's superbike looking thing, but have not found too many inspiring pics. Anybody got any?


10-15-2009, 10:20 PM
I dont have any pics of modern triumphs I dont think but I will dig through the folders i have on my hardrive see ...I think I am on to what ya saying if these look the style? ..You thought about a thruxton type style seat maybe easier to mod a already modern triumph pan and bullet or maybe you already got in mind something easier ...... and then a old habermann fairing look?

Cover up some of the radiator from the side and what not like this ...Maybe cut the glass down so it isnt so tall I dunno



10-15-2009, 10:56 PM
It's a pretty rad bike wes. the super bike idea might be cool just please keep it british racing green!

10-16-2009, 5:53 AM
this guy does some pretty cool stuff with modern trumps.




10-16-2009, 7:12 AM
Damn, I had no idea they could look like that.

10-16-2009, 7:24 AM
AJ's Triumph

10-16-2009, 7:25 AM
Wow, Wes. That'll be a challenge. How 'bout just stripping off everything you possibly can and have it still run, then look at it? I think a fender trim, small light, blinker removal, lowered slightly, black rims and hubs, replace exhaust rear of header, single color paint with no badges and shaved seat would go a long way. Or buy some nice sized saddle bags and a top box for it and just ride the balls off it.

Here's a link a gallery of "modded" triples on Triumph Rat. http://www.triumphrat.net/hinckley-classic-triples-picture-gallery/56428-photos-of-your-heavily-modded-classics.html

I was stoked to see it and you out of mothballs last weekend.

10-16-2009, 11:07 AM
Totally cool stuff. Very inspirational, especially the Italian guy, WOW!! I am not sure I wanna gothat far, keeping it on the road is the main idea, not sinking myself into a crazy project. Man, do I like the idea of a bigger fairing, a la 50's English road racing, but I am way better at taking shit off than i am at putting it on.

I will keep you all posted.

10-16-2009, 3:27 PM
...but I am way better at taking shit off than i am at putting it on.

You sound like one of your customers, Wes!

10-16-2009, 5:18 PM
Here is a cafe seat I found on a modern bike more like yours...A seat and fairing shouldnt be to hard of a mod ...Find a cool vintage fairing you like might be harder than putting it on ...dunno never went looking for one..


10-16-2009, 6:46 PM
Recently saw a post on the "Knee Slider" about a guy that took a 3 cyl. Triumph Adventurer and made a modern interpretation of the classic Triumph Hurricane.


10-18-2009, 9:56 AM
That Hurricane replica is totally cool. I would love to do something like that.

10-18-2009, 8:38 PM
That "new" triumph hurricane is starting to grow on me, except for the Fazer headlight. Otherwise, its a pretty interesting concept.

10-22-2009, 11:11 AM
i think it would look pretty tough with a small bikini fairing and clipons/ clubmans. i like the idea of makin it all one color also. id keep the badges tho. hell if ya dont hook me up haha

10-22-2009, 4:50 PM
Here's mine. I've got an "02 Daytona front end, wheels, and single sided swingarm sitting on the floor behind me that are gonna be installed as soon as the weather gets shitty enough to quit riding it.

All the electronics are gonna make there way under the seat cowl too.