Get that Down & Out look without cutting your frame….
Back in Feb 2016 Down & Out Cafe racers ‘unveiled’ their first custom Street Twin, built specifically for the Triumph Launch event.
The bike featured many custom parts, notably the one-off fork yokes to accommodate the huge section front tyre and speedo mount (both machined by Fastec Custom Racing). The stock headlight mount was ditched, as were the stock handlebars and controls which were replaced with micro-switches. The custom exhaust end cans and bright Candy orange paintwork make a striking visual difference, but one of the key modifications was at the back end. The stock frame rails were cut and a new loop was welded into place. This enabled the fitting of a much shorter ‘single’ seat along with an aluminium mudguard (to match the front) and was finished off with a Motone Custom Bates style LED tail light. The overall effect was to shorten the appearance of the bike (the wheelbase is unchanged) and with the big Conti TKC80 tyres on custom wheels it’s a much meaner looking, purposeful machine.
As fantastic as the bike looks, many owners of ‘new’ Street Twins would need to be very brave to start cutting the frame up, certainly anyone who valued the factory warranty! But Down & Out have now come to the rescue by designing a single seat setup that incorporates a small rack (much like the old scrambler option). What this does is still visually shorten the look of the bike, but retain the stock frame. It can be fitted with no cutting or welding and therefore makes it completely reversible. In fact thanks to the modular nature in which the Triumph designers put the Street Twin together this is a very quick and simple job. Anyone with a modicum of technical ability can install the parts with basic hand tools. The trickiest part is sorting out the wiring. You can of course ‘chop’ the stock wiring harness and fit new connectors, but this does make reverting it back much harder. A solution is at hand though. I have sourced some of the factory harness connectors and made up some short looms to save you cutting the OG factory wiring. Details of how to obtain the harness can be found on the Views from the Man Cave Facebook page, or you can message me via the YouTube channel.
The whole process for fitting the parts is detailed below. Take a look, its easier than you think! Of course, you can always ship your bike off to the Boys in Barnsley who will happily transform it for you……