2013 Triumph T100 “Brown Bomber”
So I built this crazy Triumph Thruxton, it was in a Avon Tyre ad for several magazines and their catalog, it is coming out in the Meguires catalog and was at the Sema show on display in their booth. It was used in a Ray ban commercial spot and I was using it as my daily rider. I felt the bike has done all it can do and can not bring me anymore attention for building bad ass Triumphs. One day this customer calls up and says he dropped his bike in a gas station going over one of the man hole covers and wanted to fix the few damaged items and add some of our clubman bars rearsets and some other things, insurance was paying for it. I jokingly said, sounds like your trying to make a Thruxton out of your T100, why don't you give me your bike as a deposit and add some cash and take my Thruxton. I emailed him the pics and he was interested, so he came down and we struck a deal with me coming away with his 2013 T100 with only 1400 miles on it! Of course I told my self again, I’m not going to build a show bike, I need a good daily rider that I wont be bummed if I crash it or damage it. Well, I guess I can never listen to reason or myself.
I wanted to build a scrambler this time, so I decided to covert this boring T100 into the “Brown Bomber” you see here. First I ordered some Triumph accessory parts, the solo seat with rack, Thruxton preload adjusters, Thruxton headlight ears, black skid plate and engine guards. I bobbed the front and rear fenders before I gave all the bodywork to Andrew at paint by Bondo to lay down the all House of Kolor paint. Starting with a crazy gold base, gold flake and tinting all the edges and then covering it all in a root beer brown kandy before the final clear coat. We blacked out the emblems and used the gold flake in the logo too.
Since the bike is basically brand new, the motor was left alone except for installing a British Customs air box kit and then re-mapping the ECM was handled by my friends at BA Moto around the corner from me. Installed the finned Speed Merchant stator cover and sprocket cover and a PC Racing reusable Flo oil filter. The exhaust I knew had to be high like a scrambler but I didn't want what anyone else had and I had a idea in my head to use our new style of muffler. So I brought the bike over to Evan at Iron Cobra Fabrication, also around the corner from me and told him what I wanted. He fabricated the whole exhaust out of stainless steel including the heat shields. I then took the bike back and drilled holes in the shields, powder coated them wrinkle black and finished the holes off with some brass mesh. Then the whole exhaust system was ceramic coated black because I didn't want to hide that pretty set up with header wrap! I had to convert the side cover to a scrambler one to add more room for the exhaust, plus it kept it nice and tight to the bike. A scrambler kick stand was also used, because once the exhaust was high the T100 kickstand wasn't right.
British Customs supplied me with their fender eliminator kit, retro tail light, flat gauge bracket, 4 bolt risers and a fork brace. Joker Machine supplied me with a bunch of their great parts. Progressive Suspension supplied the 970 series piggyback reservoir shocks and progressive front springs. The icing on the cake is the Talon hubs and Excel hoops put together by Dubya. Stock front hoop width was used and a wider 4 1/4” hoop in the back with a 110 front and 150 rear Kenda big block tires. A gold DID chain and a black Vortex sprocket was also used. Braking rotors provided better stopping power in front and back with a Free Spirits caliper relocation brake bracket to move the caliper on top to keep it out of harms way. Topped it off with some fat 1 1/8” Renthal bars, Biltwell grips and CRG brake and clutch levers. Lighting was accomplished by a LED headlight with built in turn signals and the rear turn signals are hidden in the frame end caps for that I don't have turn signals look but surprise officer, I do!! Expensive headlight is protected by our cheap stone guard welded to the ring and powder coated black.
Photos by: Buckhorn Studios