The precursor to the second café racer by Sacha Lakic Design and Blacktrack Motors, the BT-02 THRUXMAN,was a straightforward question: what would the Norton Manx look like today?

With a clear direction in mind, the BT02 project needed a suitable donor—a modern, reliable machine on par with the Manx's enduring legacy.

This is where the Triumph Thruxton R comes in: The engine is linear and powerful, the handling and braking are perfect, overall the bike is very playful and rigid. With the Thruxton R boasting fantastic performance—and an impressive parts spec—Blacktrack were free to focus on the reinterpretation design.

Blacktrack began the project with a fuel tank design that mimics the lines of the Manx’s original, but with modern contours that complement the Thruxton’s proportions.

Blacktrack partner, Ludo Gaag, then hand-shaped the new tank from aluminium. A sleek leather tank strap finishes it off. The seat is also a one-off piece, shaped in the spirit of the original and upholstered in black leather, with red piping as a final touch.

Other unique pieces on the bike include the side covers, upper and lower yokes and an exhaust manifold reminiscent of the Manx, with either Spark or Supertrapp silencers.

Choosing a colour palette for the BT-02 THRUXMAN was easy: Blacktrack’s own brand colours (black, red and silver) match Norton’s original Manx livery perfectly. Finishes are premium, combining matte and glossy black effects with raw aluminum and anodised parts.

The THRUXMAN moniker is a homage to classic café racer naming conventions, such as Norton and Harley-Davidson becoming ‘Norley’, Triumph and Norton becoming ‘Triton’, Norton and Vincent becoming ‘Norvin’ …
Blacktrack wanted to give this tradition a twist. Instead of using the two brand names, the team took the names of the two models used, Thruxton and Manx, to create THRUXMAN.

For more information and specifications, visit the Blacktrack website or make contact.

Photos © Sébastien Nunes