Modifying modern Triumph bikes is a passion for Tamarit Motorcycles. Keeping up with their knack for crafting eye-popping bike designs, the Spanish custom shop based in the port city of Alicante is second to none.
Their latest creation “Helios” is named after a Greek god, and the racy cafe racer lives up to its mythological namesake. The flamboyant café racer is built on an air-cooled Thruxton 900 motorcycle, and the final result is one of their best so far.
Designer: Tamarit Motorcycles
The handcrafted bodywork, monocoque tank and tail section are all customized for this solo build. It perfectly complements the metallic burnt sun orange paintwork, and the exposed bodywork that borrows its character from a Greek god perhaps. Tamarit chose the subtle cream color leather for the saddle which runs right up to the single-piece monocoque tank. The cream color contrast is present on the twin round headlights, giving Helios a very lively appearance. Not to forget the 60s endurance-inspired half fairing encapsulates the LED headlights.
Under the hood, this performance bike can surprise the rider since it gets an air-cooled Bonneville engine that can be pepped up with a few modifications. For example, tweaking the Keihin carbs to run with the K&N pod filters really wakes up the ride. The exhaust is crafted right from scratch, to keep the unique look going. The cooling system is the custom shop’s own creation, and this does look cool on the Triumph’s upgraded body.
The custom-building pros have ditched the dual-shock configuration for a custom mono-shocked setup. Here the Hagon shock has been mated to a bespoke swing arm, literally stretching the platform of the donor bike to 6 feet. That rear section gets a polished metal cover with the LED lights integrated, and right below it is the slash-cut exhaust pipes covered with hexagonal mesh covers and custom perforated heat shields.
The café racer’s color theme is complemented by the chrome plated (in mirror finish polish) inserts on the entire frame and swingarm. Topping it all off are the subtle inclusions of the gold badges embellished with the brand name and the Helios 109 logo that signifies the 109th build by the custom shop thus far. Just for the records, the Helios bike will be delivered to the custom shop’s Miami, Florida location that’ll serve as their hub for the North American market from now on.