Posted a pic of this little Cafe Racer a while back, but didn’t have any information on it [here] It would seem you can buy one of your very own from Gilsons The Bikers of Cornwall who build them and this is their Type 1. Gilsons also do a very nice bobber, the Type 2. I will see if I can get more information on the company and the bikes. Until then here is a snippet from their website
We love the classic cafe racer style, they are bikes reduced to the basics for maximum funand purposeful styling. Those 50’s/60’s Nortons, BSAs and Triumphs embody the spirit of biking. However owning one is more of a curiosity; compared to a modern bike they don’t quite do it for us in terms of performance, handling and braking. Then there’s the maintenance to keep them in peak condition. For us; bikes are for riding not fiddling.So for our cafe racer it made sense to utilise Triumphs modern vertical twins from Hinckley. The engines are bullet proof whilst maintaining the classic look. Sadly Triumph had to severely compromise their modern vertical twin bikes, type approval emission laws and some dodgy styling leaves them a little castrated.Our Type 1s are ground up rebuilds of current Triumph production bikes, with every part rebuilt or replaced with re-designed items. We dispense with the power strangling airbox and emission systems, replace the wheezing exhausts, Ikon shocks, Intiminator™ fork valves with Amsoil, 6 pot brake calliper, aluminium upsized rims, sport rubber, custom tank, seat and bodywork, Tarozzi adjustable clip-ons with all new controls.The rebirth transforms the bike. It handles like its on rails, gone is the pogo of the standard bikes, it tracks excellently and the engine power is up 20% – the torque pull is phenomenal – oh and you can stand it on its front wheel with these brakes.
2007 Triumph Thruxton 865 Twin, Carb model.
Removal of air injection system and airbox, replaced with K&N filters and re-machined carbs with upgraded jets complimented with a free-flowing exhaust system for better breathing and an approximate 20% increase in power.
Clutch, alternator, front sprocket and timing covers polished to high shine.
Standard frame stripped and powder-coated.
Re-furbished front forks, changing the damper rod internals to a valve system as used in modern sports bikes. Powder coated fork-bottoms.
Billet aluminium 6-pot front calipers. Master brake cylinder re-machined to allow for a better connection to the reservoir which has been replaced with a more discreet one. Braided brake hoses all round.
Ikon adjustable shock absorbers.
Wheels are new alloy rims for reduced un-sprung weight – powder-coated with stainless steel spokes on standard hubs. Front wheel is standard size, rear is 3/4″ wider – allowing a 150 rear tyre to fit properly (Avon roadrunners front and rear). Rear swing-arm is powder coated.
New chain/sprocket gearing changed to 19T front and 42T rear for improved highway cruising.
Re-designed hand-made fuel tank with twin push/pull brass valves and Monza cap.
Hand-made seat to suit the tank and bike styling.
Re-designed tail section with custom mudguard and light assembly.
Tomaselli fully adjustable clip-ons with re-designed switchgear, controls and grips.
Motogadget single gauge for revs and LCD for speed and oil pressure etc, housed in a restyled dash and improved ignition system to improve looks.
Re-designed front loom to accommodate new gauge and switchgear.
Hand-made side panels.
Complete 100% strip and re-build replacing all operational parts such as bearings, seals and bushes.
Motogadget gauge showing 0-60 in 3.5 seconds.
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