Ravi Menon has built himself a wolf in sheep's clothing. The modifications to his 2008 Triumph Thruxton appear relatively modest at first glance but upon closer inspection, it's clear that he has put in a lot of blood, sweat and tears (and money) into his ride.
"I did everything other than the sandblasting and nickel plating, though I did the hand sanding between those two steps to get the right texture. The engine was built by Carlos at TPUSA and then modified by me with Viton o-rings for the oil galleries in the head. Anything else "custom" was me", said Ravi. The performance numbers boast a claimed 109 RWHP and 77 RWTQ. After reading the bike's long spec sheet (below), we believe him!
Morad 3 x 17 alloy rim with Michelin Pilot Road 2CT 120/70 ZR17 tire and tube.
Heavy duty spokes from Central Wheel Corp. in the UK.
Polished lower forks.
Pretech 6 pot caliper.
Speedo takeoff ground down and filled to make a passive spacer.
Speed bleeders front, rear and at front master cylinder.
Fender from TAB II Classics. Drilled and mounted to his own custom-made fork brace.
DeCaesar Triple Clamp, custom drilled cap for Ace & Farley Damper.
All Balls tapered steering bearings.
Joker headlight bracket.
Sylvania Performance sealed beam.
Rectangular turn signals front and rear with clear indicators and yellow bulbs.
CRG bar ends on Woodcraft 1” riser clip-ons.
Triumph Direct mount reservoir kit on a 14 mm Nissin master cylinder (Speed Triple).
Motogadget Chronoclassic with speed pickup from 6 magnets in rotor nuts.
Custom rubber spacers and custom D9 mounting bracket for speedo.
Norton Sprint tank (14.5 liters), no dimples from TAB II classics.
Monza cap with custom anti slosh neck and redone hinge.
Triumph classic badges.
Nology ignitor with Bremi spark plug leads.
Triumph EFI headers (larger diameter than carbed versions)
LSL frame sliders.
Custom cut Uni filters.
MAS sprocket cover. 19T front sprocket.
Norman Hyde rearsets with custom linkages.
New Bonneville temperature gauge/oil cap.
Custom crankcase breather tucked between rear of cylinders.
Billet NPT petcocks.
Custom battery box.
Ducati rear 12mm master cylinder, custom pressure switch and Risoma reservoir.
TPUSA Dominator Touring Exhaust.
Sargent custom seat, shortened from stock and horn added.
Cowl from TAB II Classics.
Maund Speed Equipment Fender eliminator.
Custom Dynamics LED combined brake/turn signals.
Michelin 160/60R17 tire on Morad 4.25 x 17” alloy rim.
Heavy duty J spokes from Central Wheel.
Motogadget m-unit and complete rewire with my own custom loom. Connectors from Eastern Beaver.
Engine from Triumph Performance USA (TPUSA)
Copper gaskets and Viton o-rings.
SUB cylinder head with oversize buckets.
Stroker crank, fully polish, balanced and knife edge.
Bored out crankcase to accommodate billet cylinders.
Triumph Performance Igniter Option 5+.
Antifriction treatment for bearings (mains and rods), cylinder walls, pistons, wrist pins, buttons, rings, cams.
Custom cut, welded, sandblasted and nickel plated.