“Amazing” – Hedonic Triumph Thruxton R

  • French customizer Hedonic built this Triumph Thruxton R called “Amazing.”

  • The bodywork and components are all hand-shaped aluminium.

  • The bike’s polished aluminium bodywork complements the engine casings.


All pictures by Return of the Cafe Racer

We concluded that the Triumph Thruxton R is the most fun factory café racer after our testing. We also said that it was beautiful especially when fitted with the optional “bullet” fairing. It’s as close as you could get to perfection. Well, Hedonic thinks it could be improved on when they built this Thruxton R.

Triumph Thruxton R Test & Review

At Hedonic, Frenchman Serge Heitz and his team of craftsmen build custom bikes to order and this Spirit Racer Thruxton R demonstrates their abilities.

Hedonic is relatively new in the custom motorcycle building business. Serge set it up due his passion for cars, boats and motorcycles, although not in that particular order. But while the Spirit Racer is designed and built entirely by Hedonic, customers are treated to a hands-on designing process so they can develop unique bikes tailored to their own tastes.

Appropriately named “Amazing,” the Hedonic Triumph Thruxton R demonstrates the builder’s skills in metal shaping. The fuel tank, fairing, fender, belly and side covers are one-off pieces to complement the lines of the bike. They spent more than 150 hours in forming the aluminium components which are then polished.

The Thruxton R is already equipped with a pair of excellent Showa BFF forks but Hedonic decided to fit Yamaha YZF-R6 forks as they are shorter. The wheels are 16-inch items and fitted with classic-looking Firestone tyres. The stock brakes are retained.

The clip-on handlebars are custom fabricated to integrate the brake master cylinder, clutch cable and inverted levers.

The cockpit consists of a single Motogadget gauge, ignition barrel and ignition button. The warning lights were relocated to the left-side switch cluster.

Hedonic finishes off the build with a fabricated custom exhaust system to improve on the Thruxton R’s grunt.

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Wahid's lust for motorcycles was spurred on by his late-Dad's love for his Lambretta on which he courted, married his mother, and took baby Wahid riding on it. He has since worked in the motorcycle and automotive industry for many years, before taking up riding courses and testing many, many motorcycles since becoming a motojournalist. Wahid likes to see things differently. What can you say about a guy who sees a road safety message in AC/DC's "Highway to Hell."