Triumph Thunderbird Sport Cafe Racer



This was a pretty plain old 1998 Triumph Thunderbird Sport as per the photo below….

They have a strong and reliable engine making good torque and power of about 85hp is std form, but pretty boring.

As you have probably seen I have a thing for removing all the electrics and wiring from behind the side covers and opening the bike up.  I did not like the lines of the tank so extended the high of the rear subframe and in so doing raised the back of the tank by about 2 inches,  just enough to fix the styling mistakes from the Triumph factory.

Further I swapped the TBS exhaust for the std TS unit which has a can on either side of the bike in true cafe racer form. I also kicked the pipes up at a steeper angle and tweaked a few other things as well, like lowering the headlight, lowering the guages and making some one off carbon fibre parts for the bike ie Radiator end caps and 2 special sculptured side covers to hide the bolts and wiring loom as it passes under the tank.

All it a pretty tidy job.

The carbs has to be radically re-jetted to make the bike run with the pod filters and the trademark open pipes.  the upside is the sound and the extra power from the super smooth Triumph Triple .


New Owner: Marcus


Frame: 1998 Triumph Thunderbird Sport, front half un-modified, the rear subframe, chopped and extended to raise the seat height and the back of the tank by about 2 inches.

Engine: Std internals, serviced , carbs re-jetted after fitting pod filters and open pipes.

Exhaust: Std Triumph Thunderbird exhaust ( front half) and kicked up adapter for aftermarket reverse megaphone end cans.

Bars: clipon race bars, factory racing grips

Front end:  Std forks rebuilt and polished yokes and fork legs

Dash: Custom carbon fibre dash with Triumph daytona guages

Tank: Custom metallic black paint done in-house at TCW

Seat unit: aftermarket Mecca Twin style copy seat unit and mini front guard again painted in-house by TCW

Electrics: all electrics relocated under the newly create cavity under the seat unit, with the gel battery located under the seat hump.

Carbon parts:  Custom one off Radiator end caps in carbon by TCW and one off carbon side covers and rear hugger.



If you like what we have done here and you want one of your own then please get in touch at to discuss your ideas