Since first opening its doors in 2015, Spanish shop Tamarit Motorcycles has garnered a reputation as one of the world’s premier customizers of modern Triumph bikes. Averaging three builds every four months, the shop has completed nearly 130 one-off projects to date, increasingly honing and developing its chops with each new bike. And the world-class skills that this has afforded the shop are on full display in one of the Alicante outfit’s latest one-off works, a custom Triumph café racer named after a mythological Greek God.
Dubbed “Helios,” the project started life as an air-cooled Thruxton 900 and began with a comprehensive engine teardown and rebuild before being massively reworked, both visually and mechanically. Out in front, the donor has been fitted with a custom ‘60s endurance racer-inspired half fairing that houses a set of side-by-side LED headlights. The aft end of the machine has also seen its factory dual-shock configuration removed in favor of a custom mono-shocked setup with a Hagon shock mated to a bespoke swing-arm that sees the platform stretched by nearly 6”. What’s more, the build also benefits from the use of Tamarit’s own in-house-designed cooling system. This system sees oil run through the chassis and features functional cooling fin rings winding around the frame’s front down tubes.
The project’s pièce de résistance is undoubtedly its single-piece monocoque tank and tail section combo, which is set on a hydraulically-assisted hinge and capped off with a custom cream leather saddle that rides halfway up the tank. Additionally, the bottom of the bespoke tail section is also fitted with a polished metal cover with integrated LED indicators and a bespoke “Helios 109” badge. Directly beneath the tail section is a set of slash-cut exhaust pipes capped off with hexagonal mesh covers and a pair of custom perforated heat shields on either side of the bike. Taking inspiration from the project’s monicker, the build’s paint job consists of a burnt sun orange livery with a rich glossy finish. Other noteworthy elements include a custom front fender, one-off clip-on handlebars, bespoke brass lines and couplings, Kustom Tech levers, a Motogadget Motoscope Mini set flush in the bike’s top triple, Motogadget switch-gear, custom rear-sets, a Tamarit skid plate, bespoke Tamarit tank badges, and a set of spoked Victory wheels.
In addition to marking Tamarit’s 109th completed work to date, the Spanish shop’s “Helios” build also represents one of the first builds to be delivered to Tamarit Motorcycle’s new Miami, Florida location which, going forward, will be serving the North American market, offering both parts and full-custom builds.