At the 10th Annual Barber Vintage Festival, held October 12-14, 2014, at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama, Triumph Motorcycles unveiled the Triumph Thruxton Ace Cafe Special Edition, which will be available in North America by the end of the year.
The limited-edition Thruxton made its U.S. debut at The Ace Corner, a café racer-themed hospitality area sponsored by London’s Ace Cafe, located inside Turn 17 of the racetrack at Barber. To commemorate Triumph’s racing heritage and pedigree, Triumph Motorcycles America also displayed two one-of-a-kind specials, a Thruxton Gary Nixon Edition and British Customs-built Bonneville to honor legendary flat track racer and Motorcycle Hall of Famer, Eddie Mulder.
The Ace Cafe gained notoriety as a popular hangout for motorcyclists in the early ’60s and formed an instrumental piece of the era’s café racer culture, in which Triumph motorcycles played a central role. The Thruxton Ace has the silhouette of a classic racer, with a unique Pure White and Jet Black livery with Ace Cafe logos adorning the side panels, tank and tail section. Low slung handlebars, alloy-rimmed wire wheels and a racing stripe running along the tank to the sculpted custom seat round out the café racer look.
It features the same parallel twin found in the Triumph Thruxton and Bonneville models, which makes a claimed 68 horsepower and 51 lb-ft of torque and produces an edgy exhaust note from its retro-styled chrome silencers. A tubular-steel frame carries a fork and twin rear shocks made by KYB, as well as wire spoke wheels with aluminum rims and Nissin disc brakes.
Only 325 Triumph Thruxton Ace Cafe Special Editions will imported to the U.S., and they should be in dealerships in December 2014. Pricing is TBD.