Skateboard wizard Tony Hawk has enlisted the services of friend Roland Sands
to build a custom café racer out of a Triumph
Thruxton for the Tony Hawk Foundation. The “Hawkized” Thruxton will be auctioned off this weekend, Nov. 5, at the third-annual Stand Up For Skateparks
fundraiser in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event will be held at the Red Rock
Roland Sands Design and Tony Hawk have teamed up again in support of Stand Up For Skateparks. This time Sands put the full cafe racer treatment on a Triumph Thruxton which will be auctioned off this weekend in Vegas.
Casino Resort and Spa. Musician Ben Harper, a Tony Hawk Foundation board member, will provide entertainment while Hawk will be doing a Vert demo along with friends Mat Hoffman, Andy Macdonald and Pierre-Luc Gagnon.
“This is another build using some of the best Triumph components we could find coupled with a bunch of simple custom pieces we’re building here in the shop. We are keeping it simple enough to stay 100% legal and fully functional while lightening and cleaning her up from head to toe,” stated the RSD team on its blog.
Converting the Triumph Thruxton into a full-on café racer includes updating the fork and rear shocks with Progressive Suspension units, swapping out the saddle for a custom shaped, vintage-style seat, slapping on a handmade FMF Titanium Exhaust, adding custom 17-inch rims with fresh Dunlops in addition to RSD clip-on handlebars and footpegs. Roland Sands Design is also providing grips, a gas cap and tag bracket, among other components. A custom red paint job by AirTrix will make this a highly prized possession.
This is the second time the Hawk and Sands have teamed up. They held a similar event back in October in Beverly Hills for Stand Up For Skateparks where an RSD custom Scrambler auctioned off at that fundraiser sold to bassist Stefan Lessard of the Dave Matthews Band for $32,500. Though the motorcycle’s official unveiling won’t be until this weekend, RSD provided a rendering of what the bike will potentially look like to whet the appetite until then.