JUST HALF AN HOUR further South from Alicante (Spain) there is a select group of fine gentlemen with a very singular focus; building ‘one of a kind’ motorcycles according to the highest standards. Narrowing it even further down, they only work with one single brand; Triumph.
Their company was only founded four years ago, February 2016 to be exact, and they have already built over 50 motorcycles during that relatively short period of time!
Tamarit Motorcycles take building custom motorcycles very seriously. The work they do is always commission based. Clients come to them with a whish list that should lead to their dream bike. Before starting the production process, the Tamarit team sits down with the client and details the project. Important elements are does the bike fit the personality of the client and is the desired construction fit for the use the future owner has in mind? An extreme build might look good, but the fun of riding it might be spiralling downward quickly when used as a daily commute.
To anyone who has used Heinz ketchup once in their life this must sound familiar. The food brand claims to offer “57 varieties”. This stems back from their historical advertising slogan. It has come to mean anything that is made from many parts or origins. It was developed from the marketing campaign that told consumers about the numerous pickle products available from the Heinz company.*
How fitting with this particular build.
Many parts were used to complete their #57 motorcycle the ‘Malasangre’ (‘Bad Blood’). It is a ‘bad’ bike for sure, but only in the sense as is was used in Michael Jackson’s 1987 album and song of the same name. It means ‘even better than good’.
Born a Triumph, raised a Tamarit
The Triumph Thruxton R was a pretty complete bike when it left the factory in 2017. However, according to the Elche based mechanics there is always room for lots of improvement.
The client in this case has a race track background and has spent his adult life riding motorcycles on a daily basis. He already owned the Thruxton and wanted to further perfect the machine to fit his personal style.
Fountain of creativity
To get the flow going Tamarit dove into their archives and decided to use the #36 bike as a starting point. The ‘Dakota’ as it was christened, was a similar model.
Each build offers new insights. An important reason for the Spanish builders to never going back and do the same thing all over again. As a client you may ask them to build a bike identical to whatever they have produced before. Asking will invariably give you the same answer: “no”.
As with the ‘Malasangre’ they may very well use earlier models as the well from which to draw fresh ideas, but manufacturing something identical is a barbed wired, fenced off heavily guarded ‘Area 51’.
Samuel, the owner of the Thruxton R, had been a fan of the Tamarit team for a number of years. After riding the motorcycle for a number of years he wanted the outfit to come up with a design which would make the Triumph even more aggressive. Both in terms of design as with regards to its performance.
That combination definitely brought a smirk to the faces of all six members who spent their time daily in the workshop. It required a hefty € 16.000 to get to this end result. Just have a look at the video and you see it was money well spent.
Tamarit spokesperson José Antonio (who can also be seen thrashing the bike around in the midnight video) claims it was “a ‘darker, more aggressive and further improved version’ of the Dakota”.
Its obvious aggressiveness and the ‘bad blood’ running in the veins is more then enough to scare of any nocturnal bloodsucker tempted to bite its neck. The workshop crew unitedly agree that the fact the all of the bike is “linked into a single theme, with no detail out of place” pleases them the most.
“The looks with the rims and the paintwork is a killer for us” José discloses. Continuing “Samuel, our client, was enthusiastic with our creative ideas from the start, which made the negotiations smooth. Once confronted with the final version he was over the moon.
He has come back to us cheering how well it rides and how all modifications have increased his joy of riding this animal. This is why we do things the way we do. Seeing such a smiling face makes us love our jobs even more!”
Get the tools out
From the outside looking in, all of the fairing was subject to a significant change in appearance. Same goes for the seat and side covers. What caused the build to become costly were such items as the Kineo rims, the custom made exhaust system, this time a twin version of the ‘Bocanegra’, which is a Tamarit catalogue item and the high performance air filter by Italian manufacturer Free Spirits.
Other changes include a new chain cover, rear fender elimination kit and our own front fender. Amongst the electronics Motogadget turning signals were added.
* Already equipped on the bike (OEM)
* Parts made by Tamarit Motorcycles
– Mónaco Café Racer seat
– Fender eliminator kit
– Dakota side covers
– Chaincover 2.0 for Thruxton R
– Tamarit custom Exhausts for Thruxton R
– Tamarit belly pan
* Imported parts added *
– KINEO Spoked rims
– MOTOGADGET Turning signals
– EMD Engine covers
– FREE SPIRITS Filters
* Procedures *
Full body custom paint and badges
Full electro-static black coat.