Café Español: Tamarit’s custom Triumph Thruxton

Textbook Thruxton: A Triumph cafe racer from the Spanish workshop Tamarit.
Owners of Triumph’s modern classics are spoilt for choice when it comes to kitting them out. Dozens of suppliers offer bolt-on bits for Hinckley twins, but this one’s only just popped up on our radar: Tamarit Spanish Motorcycles.

Based in the port city of Alicante, Tamarit have been operating for a few years now. Their forté is high-quality, plug-n-play parts—but they’re also rising to prominence with a volley of well-judged builds.

Textbook Thruxton: A Triumph cafe racer from the Spanish workshop Tamarit.
This genre-bending Thruxton caught our eye. Best described as a café-racer with scrambler sensibilities, it’s a testbed for a couple of new products: the ‘Quilla’ belly spoiler and ‘Cupula’ nose fairing.

To showcase them, Tamarit picked out a carbureted 2005-model Thruxton. And without a client or brief, they were free to do whatever they saw fit.

Textbook Thruxton: A Triumph cafe racer from the Spanish workshop Tamarit.
“The project was to be a café-racer,” says shop boss Matias Canales, “but we also wanted to do something special and radical. We had no limitations.”

Tamarit design their parts to bolt on with minimal fuss. Up front, the ‘Cupula’ fairing is wrapped around the original headlight, which is now mounted on upgraded brackets and covered by a protective grill.

Textbook Thruxton: A Triumph cafe racer from the Spanish workshop Tamarit.
Moving down, the guys fitted their ‘Little Bastard’ fiberglass front fender, and attached the new ‘Quilla’ spoiler to the bottom of the frame.

The seat is one of the most popular items in the Tamarit catalog. It fits directly onto the mounting points of a Bonneville, Scrambler or Thruxton, without any frame mods needed. Tamarit’s own tail-tidy and taillight combo have replaced the rear fender.

Textbook Thruxton: A Triumph cafe racer from the Spanish workshop Tamarit.
To give the bike a slight scrambler vibe, there’s a high-riding, stainless steel ‘Papillon’ exhaust system and dual-sport tires: a Mitas E-07 at the rear and a Heidenau K60 up front (since the Mitas E-07 isn’t available in 18-inch).

The rear shocks have been replaced by Hagon units, and the front forks treated to a set of boots. There’s also a smaller speedo, a set of Biltwell grips and smaller turn signals. The side covers, chain guard and aluminum foot pegs are all Tamarit parts. Paint is a striking satin grey metallic base, offset with gloss white and black touches.

Textbook Thruxton: A Triumph cafe racer from the Spanish workshop Tamarit.
All that was left to do was pick a name and number for the upgraded Thruxton.

“We all had an idol in our teens, so what better way to baptize the bike than with mine: Mr Kevin Schwantz. I would never say that he was the greatest—there will always be Agostini, Rossi or in the future Márquez—but I will say that he was the most spectacular of all.”

Textbook Thruxton: A Triumph cafe racer from the Spanish workshop Tamarit.
Now that ‘Mr Kevin’ is complete, it’s for sale. And so are all the parts you’ll find on it. If you have a Triumph twin of your own, we suggest you bookmark the Tamarit site.

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Textbook Thruxton: A Triumph cafe racer from the Spanish workshop Tamarit.