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– race winner and record-breaker – with years of success spanning the 1960s . By 1969 , the Thruxton had won the Isle of Man TT , with Malcolm Uphill cracking the 100mph production lap for the very first time . And on the road , thanks to its twin-powered performance , it had also become the bike of choice , inspiring a generation of teenage racers – a now-iconic subculture centred around British café racer motorcycles and Rock n ’ Roll music – the “ Ton Up Boys ”. Driven by the common goal of doing “ the ton ” – riding 100mph – the café racers of the day would modify their motorcycles to maximise speed and handling by stripping them down to the bare minimum . Now , the new Thruxton RS Ton Up Edition celebrates the legendary period in Britain ’ s motorcycling scene with a unique new classicallyinspired scheme , available for one year only . Accentuating the Thruxton ’ s iconic café racer DNA and timeless silhouette , the new Ton Up
Edition design scheme incorporates an Aegean Blue fuel tank with Jet Black knee pad graphics , edged with hand-painted silver coach lining . This is paired with a Fusion White seat cowl and front mudguard , both of which feature unique new Carnival Red “ 100 ” graphics . The seat cowl also features additional hand-painted coach lining in black . The side panels , featuring the new Thruxton RS Ton Up logo , are painted in Jet Black , as are the headlight bowl and rear mudguard . Other custom-inspired details include Matt Aluminium Silver fork protectors and blacked-out wheels , engine covers and RSU springs . The Ton Up Edition also features all the hallmarks of the distinctive Thruxton RS , including unique Monza-style fuel filler cap , twin brushed stainless steel upswept silencers , single bullet seat and black bar-end mirrors . Riders can also enhance their Thruxton RS Ton Up Edition with the accessory cockpit fairing that now comes in a matching Aegean Blue .

NZSBK ROUNDS SCRUBBED

Just as we saw earlier this year , Covid-19 has once again impacted the NZSBK championship with the announcement that the 2022 Championship will be cut in half due to two rounds in the 2022 Championship being scrubbed . NZSBK Series Director Grant Ramage announced the cancellation of the traditional opening rounds as a fulfilment of a commitment to keep riders informed . “ We recently committed to providing plenty of warning around plans for the 2022 NZSBK series ”, he said . “ We recognise the need to provide surety for riders so they can make or amend plans . We also need to ensure we also provide a safe environment for all attendees .” “ We have reviewed the current situation and the recent Government announcements and sadly have to advise we are unable to run Round 1 at Ruapuna and Round 2 at

Teretonga of the NZSBK series in January 2022 .” The move to scrap the first two rounds of the 2022 NZSBK Championship effectively cuts the series in half with the remaining rounds at Hampton Downs and Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park still expected to run at the time of writing . While the rest of the Championship could hang in the balance depending on the next couple of months , the organisers are still committed to supporting the riders with planning and providing all stakeholders with appropriate notice . A further announcement on the remaining rounds of the 2022 NZSBK season is expected in the middle of January 2022 which could potentially see the rescheduling of the cancelled South Island rounds to after the North Island rounds have run .
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