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Old 09-08-2012, 06:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Bianca's Build thread - Thruxton 900 EFI

I'm excited to start this thread and i hope this gets attention and advice. Its going to be kind of a long few posts. I started this build thread on another forum before i found Triumph Rat. It was on a car forum i've been on for years and i really haven't got much response. It's been viewed a lot, but not many ideas or thoughts.

First off, here is my 2012 Thruxton. Got her in April. It's my first street bike and i'm loving it so far. Here she is the day i bought her.


After driving her home. This is her with my brother's bike (2008 thrux)

My nephews were excited for me


First Garage Parking



Second, Here is the list of Mods, plans and Completed. It's always changing and i'll keep it updated as i build and change plans.

Master Mod's list.

Exhaust:
Done Lossa Engineering Stubby pipes
Wrap Headers (1)

Styling:
DoneRear Fender Delete
DoneLicense plate relocate
DoneTurn signal relocate
DoneFront Fender Delete
DoneBar end Mirrors
1" Clip ons (2) http://www.bellacorse.com/bcc222.htm
Cafe Number Plate (9) http://www.british-customs.com/produ...0&cat=5&page=1
Race clutch and break levers in Gold (8) http://www.british-customs.com/asv-u...ake-lever.html
Powder Coated body and Engine components http://www.triumphperformanceusa.com...index&cPath=40
Pop up gas Cap (7) http://www.british-customs.com/flush...ap-chrome.html
Seat Bolts (6) http://www.british-customs.com/briti...at-screws.html
Union Jack Peg Block offs (4) http://www.newbonneville.com/html/uj_rpek.html
Made in England Decals (5) http://www.bellacorse.com/bcc032-34.htm
DoneTins swap for Triumph Black

Engine:
DoneECU Tune
DoneSnorkle Delete
Design PhaseCustom Air Box Delete (Design Phase)
OrderedAI Delete

Chassis:
Progressive Rear Springs (12) http://www.bellacorse.com/bcc074.htm
Steering Damper (11) http://www.british-customs.com/norma...pener-kit.html
Ohlins Front Fork (13) (Some Day)
Gold X-Ring Chain. (3a) http://www.british-customs.com/produ...1&cat=5&page=1
19 Tooth drive sproket (3b) http://www.british-customs.com/produ...7&cat=5&page=1

Last, here's a pic as she sits today.

I'll put up in the next few post how she got there. thanks for reading.

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Old 09-08-2012, 06:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well, I couldn't wait very long to get to making changes.
First think i did was remove the front fender. That was easy and cheap


I ordered my Pipes days later but had to wait for my 500 mile check up before i could put them on. I did my research on TR and found the Lossa Stubbies.


I put them on and was already loving where it was going


Here's a short sound bite.


Fresh Wash
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Old 09-08-2012, 06:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Shortly after that i started doing research on what i'd do next. I love the idea of the NARK or other air box delete kits, but i feel that 300 bucks is a little Crazy. I have access to a sheetmetal shop and i'm a Design detailer so i'm currently in the process of building my own. Here's the "Prototype build day"




that last one has Bella, my Shop dawg in the pic. she's great haha.

I'm still not done with that project BTW. Soon after that i started buying other goodies.

I sat on those signals for a while, while i waited for my FEK and plate re-locator from British Customs
I got The new Grips and Bar ends put on. I couldn't stand those napoleon mirrors.

Eventually i got the FEK


Plate installed

Signals installed



I'm really liking where she's headed.

Keeping in mind that my eventual vision for her is Black and Gold themed. I'd like it to be matte black and black powder coated trim with a few gold accents. The triumph badge will be gone and painted on in gold.
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Old 09-08-2012, 06:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Soon after all that i was asking on TR about other's who've done color changes. I met Troy and it turned out he had bought a black bike when the dealer didn't have the red bike he wanted, and i bought the red bike when my dealer didn't have the black bike i wanted. Turned out he lives miles from a vacation destination i was already planning on going to. We decided to swap tins.


Here's how she looked after the swap.



It's not the exact black i want, but it will allow me to buy my gold accents and not make the bike look like a 49'rs bike.

So today, i did the de-badge that i've wanted to do. To answer the question...2012 does not have screw studs. lol


here's how Bianca sits today after the de-badge, wash, clay bar, paint clean, polish, wax. Not too shabby if you ask me. I'm really excited to start the next few steps.








Chocolate brown seat, Exhaust wrap on the way, Clip on-s for christmas.

What do you guys think?
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I know it's a long read, but thanks for looking. What do you Think? Do you like where it's headed?
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I like it except the removal of the guards which i'm suprised that its legal without them, i was wincing when i saw the black paint as i like the red/white theme but then smiled when iread that you swapped the metal work with some one else.
I really dont like the look of stubbie cans att all no matter what the brand as i think it looks unfinished but each to their own.
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Needs a front fender . . . not a fan of any bike w/o a front fender.
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Good work - nice to see you getting the concept from your head to reality
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Nice build. The wonderful thing about these bikes is the originality. It is so easy to make it your own. A couple of the post were about what they don't, but what really matters is how you feel about it. Especially when you know people notice you on such a distinct machine. Keep up the great work and continue to express yourself through your great bike.

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thanks guys. I don't mind some criticism. I also appreciate the one's who dig it too. If you don't hear what other people like (even if it's not what i may initially like) i'll never get new ideas. I'm considering putting my front fender back on to see how i like it....after all, i can take it back off if i really hate it lol.

i was going to ask...
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I like it except the removal of the guards which i'm suprised that its legal without them
I'm guessing this "Guards" is an ausie term for fenders? there's no law...to my knowledge...about presence, or lack there of, of fenders.

I'm really in debate this week about the paint scheme.

There are Three ideas.

1. All painted bits will be matte black, with gloss black stripes replacing the "gold" stock ones. No painted logo, cause i don't think a gloss gold logo would go well on the Matte finish (agree, disagree?)

2. Deep, gloss black with Gold pinstripes and "Triumph" logo in gold leaf.

3. Matte black with gloss areas framed in gold pinstripe and gold leaf triumph logo. the rear cowling will get some sort of design with both gloss and matte. the side covers would probably get some sort of graphics , not yet thought of.

The other accents will be in gold accessories. Chain, clutch lever, break lever, "made in England" decal, other bits like that. I've debated about Ohlin's springs, and forks, or progressive piggy back shocks. I'm in such debate on a lot of this.

Thoughts?
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