When it comes to custom bikes of any and all kinds, the British Twin, the Universal Japanese Motorcycle and the American V-Twin have been the donor for a huge percentage of all builds. But just because you start with a popular platform, doesn’t mean you have to end up with a cookie-cutter result. This is the clear thinking of Spain’s Tamarit Motorcycles and it is a philosophy that their enormous customer base subscribes to with extreme enthusiasm. Knowing he wanted something that was truly out of the box, but based on a Triumph, one very wise Frenchman made the call across the border. There Tamarit has gone full force, building a Triumph Bonneville T100 called ‘Fury’ – that wouldn’t look out of place on the set of a Mad Max film.
In drawing up Fury, the customer wanted elements of flat track racing, neo-classic trends and outrageous visuals all merged into a Triumph that still served as a brilliant piece of transportation. This could be a head-scratcher for many, but Tamarit was quickly on the same page and the finished design had an instant tick of approval. The build could then begin and a frame and engine from a T100 were sourced to kick things off. That frame didn’t remain intact long, with the entire back end cut off and the whole thing hit with a grinding wheel to make it as smooth as silk.
This wild weapon marks complete custom build number 134 for Tamarit, and with most of those based on Bonnies, it’s fair to say the team know the bikes backwards. And it is not just visual makeovers, with the Alicante-based outfit operating the world’s largest modern Triumph engine rebuilding facility, sending built motors all over the globe. But what really brings the fans into the workshop is the desire for something different, a place where they can lay out their dreams and desires and have them pieced together in one stunning design. “When people choose us to carry out a bike project, they don’t do it just to have another bike.”
Next, an all-new subframe needed to be designed and built and a set of laser-cut metal plates, with speed holes and an upswept tail, bolt to each side of the curved down tube. This is beefed up with gusseting and extra welding to act as a new shock mount and then the two side plates are given a top piece to act as a seat base. To really make the new frame pop, the guys went for a gold finish which has been applied via electrostatic painting, which uses a liquid colour as opposed to the blown on dust of powder coating. The paint is able to get into the tightest spots and gives a chemical and corrosion resistant finish.
Below the wild subframe, the swingarm had to be just as special and the simple twin shock design has been thrown out the door. Again more precision pieces were designed and cut before the whole thing went into a jig to be welded up, so as to retain its shape. Now the guys could slot in an all-new adjustable shock, before rebuilding the front forks to match.
But their aesthetic needed an overhaul to match and “for this purpose, protectors have been created from scratch, which have been nickel-plated and perforated for better aesthetics and durability.” The final step to getting the bike rolling was to bolt on a custom-built front wheel and then slide an axle through the crazy custom rear lenticular rim.
The bike’s function already offers plenty on the form front, but the team wanted more and a custom front number board with mini LED headlight brilliantly captures some of the tracker vibes the client was after. The stock tank goes over the backbone and has been gently massaged for an improved shape, before it and the front board were hit with a graphite black paint, and matching gold pinstripe to pick up the colour from the frame. The tank has been given the Tamarit badge treatment and a custom Fury decal was cut for behind the leather-wrapped seat, where twin tail lights also exit to the rear.
As with all Tamarit builds, the engine has been given a thorough internal going over to ensure years of trouble free motoring, but it’s the outside which really pops. From the freshly painted cases and barrels to the nickel-plated covers, the Bonnie lump looks absolutely beautiful.
To get some more power from the twin, the carbs are rebuilt and fitted with pod filters and a high-rise exhaust system with mean slash cuts delivers a stunning sound. These have been given their own plated heat guards, that match brilliantly to Tamarit’s own full coverage bash plate.
A new loom is built from scratch and based around the Motogadget m.unit, and utilises the company’s turn signals, mirrors and a motoscope speedo. All of this gives the bike a high level of functionality, which is further improved by adding custom foot controls and Jared Mees replica bars. A set of new risers place the controls right where the rider wants them, and a new lever and master cylinder package provides the power for the full braking system upgrade.
It is this mix of form and function that has made Tamarit so popular with their clients, wild looking bikes, which operate flawlessly and deliver a hell of a fun ride. For Fury it’s now off to France and the owner plans on frightening passersby at every chance.