TRIUMPH THRUXTON BRIT BOB by JvB MOTO vs URBAN MOTOR

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TRIUMPH THRUXTON BRIT BOB

There is a paradox at the centre of the British character that is hard to explain - it’s the gentleman and the hooligan, it’s country houses and edgy pop music, and sometimes it takes a foreigner to express it.
Jens vom Brauck the Cologne based designer, working with the Berlin bike builders Urban Motor, has taken a polite, old-fashioned Triumph Thruxton and given it some street attitude. The high bars, low slim seat, sleek side-panels and neatly integrated short mudguard have changed theproportions completely it looks like it’s been working-out.
The engine and tank look bigger and more muscularand the rest is slimmed down and taut. You sit low and relaxed, but the bars (Jens calls them choppeddown ape-hangers) bring your fists up in front of your face.
Start the engine and even at tick-over the the two-into-one high-up exhaust has a hint of menace that you don’t expect from a Thruxton motor. It’s daring you to pump up the volume. Peter Dannenberg, the boss of Urban Motor, is really pleased with the result, “The Triumph is a great basisWhen you strip it down, underneath you find an authentic motorbike in it’s purest form.” All the details are as clean and elegant as you’d expect from JvB, but there’s a toughness there and this mixture of rough and refined is as British as Daniel Craig.