Rather not wait two more years for Triumph to release its production Street Tracker? Champions Moto (www.championsmoto.com) will build you one right now—in street tracker or café racer form—with buckets more style and performance than anything off any assembly line. “As a British bike enthusiast, I wanted a motorcycle that looked like a flat-track racer or café racer from the ‘60s, but with the reliability of a modern superbike,” says Richard Varner, who co-founded Champions Moto with Terry Karges in Costa Mesa, CA. “We couldn’t find a turn-key motorcycle offering the type of performance and appearance we were looking for, so we decided to build our own.” The firm offers three basic models, all built to order for $37,500.
This collaboration between Champions Moto and the legendary SO-CAL Speed Shop is to promote the Speed Shop’s new vintage motorcycle-inspired apparel line. Powered by a 78-horsepower, 865cc Triumph Bonneville Twin mounted in Champions’ own frame, this 355-lb. bike sports hand-hammered aluminum bodywork and is street legal, with two tiny headlights concealed in the front number plate. Only 20 Milers will be built, all with SO-CAL branding. Check out those shortie scrambler pipes!
This is Champions’ take on a traditional street tracker, utilizing a 75-horsepower version of the Hinckley twin complete with experts-only flat-slide carbs. The frame is by Champions with liberal use of titanium and carbon fiber to help keep the weight of the Streetmaster down to an almost unbelievable 305 pounds. A previous generation Triumph Speed Triple fork, Race Tech shocks, and Wilwood brakes all provide race-grade performance.
Named after the British seaside town that was a favorite destination for the original rockers, Champions’ café racer offering hits all the right styling cues with clubman bars, a bullet headlamp, and, best of all, the period-correct Brembo-Grimeca drum brakes. Eighteen-inch wheels with vintage-tread K81/K70 Dunlops complete the look, while a ported head, lightened flywheel and steeper cam help the Brighton rider break the ton.