Having left Dime City Cycles and now running his own garage, Jason Paul Michaels is continuing to pursue his passion: building motorcycles. Jason and right-hand-man William Benedict recently completed this Triumph Thruxton for a local Florida collector. Sure, it’s a café racer. Sure it’s a Triumph. Sure we’ve seen them before. But Jason’s attention to detail is one of the things we’ve grown to love, so there is more to this bike than what you see at first glance.
Jason will be the first to admit, there’s nothing really “custom” on this bike with the exception of the hand-made 2-into-1 stainless steel exhaust they built from Cone Engineering stainless stock and a slick muffler Jason managed to wrestle from Roland Sands.
The bike, however, does include a handful of items from the “CR Line” developed at Dime City Cycles including headlight ears, instrument cluster kit, and rearsets. In addition, there’s a smattering of products from Britsh Customs which Jason says he's "quite fond of." Their stuff just “works” and when building a bike on a budget for a customer, time is money.
Other upgrades include Continental Attack tires, all the electrical goods were wrapped and treated with the best in connections from DEI, and Harley EFI tops from the boys at Biltwell, which match the Speed Merchant retro finned covers perfectly.
As for the paint, the customer only had one request, that it be retro in style and include red, black and silver - his three favorite colors. After a quick visit to Jason’s usual painter, Kevin Bates, they settled on a classic scheme with solid colors as opposed to more modern metallics. The custom badges are super thin aluminum die transferred with black ink and then clear coated to become one with the side cover yet still be “metal” to match the rest of the engine.
“There’s some things that just work on a bike," Jason mentions in regards to some of the stock bits left on the bike, "and in this instance the the customer wanted the timeless British look that the Napolean style mirrors achieve so we fitted some custom inserts in the bars and made them work." The customer wanted to keep a stock two-up ability, so Jason worked with his local upholstery guru and came up with a different foam pad that’s much more comfortable and breathable (awesome for Florida swampass!) and covered it with authentic suede.
As for performance and handling, in addition to the tire upgrade, the Thruxton was fitted with Progressive front springs and lowered 2” overall with a match size set of 412 Series dampers at the rear. The engine is completely stock with the exception of airbox, air-injection and 02 sensor removal all complimented by a custom made tune from Twin Power UK. Jason assured us “Yes, it does a wheelie.” And we’re sure it does….
The customer requested upgraded EBC rotors which aren’t cheap, so Jason explained that while he could certainly do it, a set of nicer pads would do with the stock rotors. He often says, “people get too crazy with what they put on a motorcycle. To me, one of the most important things is that it should be timeless. Which is often why you’ll see me cut and re-use factory components as a mix with hand-made or other products."