To truly excel at something, one must continuously pour in effort for years. So goes the saying. In this case, the saying is most definitely true when it comes to Tamarit Motorcycles and their frankly exhaustive CV. The Spanish builder of custom motorcycles recently unveiled their 35th build in the shape of a cafe’d Triumph Thruxton.
With this particular build, the donor motorcycle wasn’t some rusted barn find but one of the latest Triumph Thruxton 1200R instead. “The motorcycle was nicknamed ‘Sombra’, due to its dark looks.” For those not in the know, ‘Sombra’ means ‘Shadow’ in Español,” explained Matias of Tamarit Motorcycles.
“The motorbike was bought by its owner at the Triumph Center in Barcelona somewhere around 2016, only a couple months before entering our workshop,” added Matias. “Actually, the owner was at first reluctant to modify his new bike that early in the relationship, but once he got the finished product he knew he had made the right choice.” In this case, the project was an even smoother sail than expected.
With tons of experience and parts from tinkering with multiple Triumph Bonnevilles and Thruxtons, the team had a stockpile of ideas to choose from when constructing this motorcycle. “For us, it was like a pleasant walk in the park, mainly because we didn’t have to cut down the frame or undertake heavy modifications to the bike in order to install our parts. We’ve always wanted our parts to be user friendly and easy to install.”
The team claim did run into several issues, though. First of which was the adjustment of the headlight bracket and the front suspension. “Those Öhlins are a really tough nut to crack and they have no markers to allow you to re-install them back into the correct positions.” The other issue was emulating the steel effect on the fuel tank and the cowl – a design seen on their earlier builds.
“For the cowl, we had to adapt two metal surfaces in order to achieve the finish that our client wanted,” said Matias. “We truly love how the cowl looks with the steel effect and mounted on this new Thruxton, it gives this whole café project a huge load of personality while uniting both the sporty and the classy. Moreover, we love the fact the you can go back on the process and take out most of the parts as many times as you want to. Just in case you want an extra passenger.”