Behold the Black Mamba, a Custom Triumph Thruxton RS Produced in Limited Numbers

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Not too long ago, we discussed how the guys at Tamarit Motorcycles seem to have changed their business model for the time being. One-off projects have been the Spanish shop’s main focus until recently, but it has now shifted toward producing limited-editions runs referred to as the Moto Series. With three distinct variants and 50 units each, these are all seriously enticing in their own unique ways.
We’ve already talked about Monegros, which is based on the Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE and well-equipped for off-road outings. Do check that article out if you haven’t already, but not before letting us introduce you to the Black Mamba, of course! Whereas Monegros is a rugged scrambler built to take you off the beaten path, the Black Mamba is all you could want from a sporty Triumph cafe racer.

Naturally, Tamarit’s chosen platform in this instance is the Thruxton RS. We will soon have to wave goodbye to Triumph’s cafe racer nameplate, but it’s nice to know that it’ll live on in the custom bike world long after production ceases. Pricing for the Black Mamba starts at €27,400 ($29,775 according to current exchange rates), which includes the donor bike, a four-year factory warranty, and Euro 5 compliance.

The package can be tailored to each customer’s individual preferences, bringing a lot more to the table than just some classy overalls. Having said that, the bodywork is, indeed, the first thing to grab our attention, as the only factory component left here is the fuel tank. All the other garments are either fully-fledged custom parts or bolt-on solutions from Tamarit’s aftermarket catalog.

A mean-looking front fairing is the star of the show here, flaunting a rad cafe racer design we can’t get enough of. It’s topped with a tinted windshield and held in place by way of custom mounting hardware, but what’s equally interesting is the Black Mamba’s front lighting setup. A round headlamp is fitted own low for an aggressive appearance, and it’s accompanied by an additional LED strip right above.

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Photo: Tamarit Motorcycles
One may find a downsized fender rounding out the creature’s attire at the front. Oh, and there’s no way you’ll miss that gorgeous belly pan, nor the various bits and pieces installed further back. The replacement side covers are a nice addition, for sure, but what really steals the show in that area is the tail unit. Oval sections on its flanks offer a place for clients to have a number which represents them personally.

We’re also pretty fond of the solo leather seat placed on the tail, with an unconventional stitching pattern you won’t see every day. Hanging on to the tail’s southernmost tip is a custom license plate holder complete with LED lighting, while a sneaky inner fender prevents debris from going where it shouldn’t. A signature trait of most Tamarit builds is the shop’s snazzy chain guard, and the Black Mamba is no different.

In stock form, the Thruxton RS prides itself with high-grade suspension fore and aft. It makes use of inverted 43 mm (1.7-inch) Showa forks and Ohlins shock absorbers with piggyback reservoirs, all fully-adjustable based on your riding style. Premium braking paraphernalia is factory-spec equipment, as well, comprising 310 mm (12.2-inch) floating discs and radial four-piston Brembo calipers at the front.

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Photo: Tamarit Motorcycles
Out back, there is a single 220 mm (8.7-inch) rotor pinched by a twin-piston Nissin caliper, and ABS is present all-round. The Thruxton’s running gear is clearly nothing to sneeze at, so Tamarit chose to retain it during their transformation. Although there aren’t a lot of details to go on regarding the cockpit, we do see a pair of Motogadget turn signals and underslung bar-end mirrors now worn by the clip-ons.

Thanks to some purposeful upgrades to its intake and exhaust, the motorcycle’s parallel-twin engine benefits from a total of nine extra ponies. Air makes its way in through aftermarket pod filters and forward-facing manifolds, while the exhaust gases are led out into the atmosphere via a new stainless-steel exhaust built in-house. Not only does the Black Mamba make more power than the stock RS, but it also weighs considerably less.

According to the project’s authors, the bike will now tip the scales at just 175 kilograms (386 pounds) on an empty stomach. By contrast, the Thruxton RS weighed 197 kg (434 pounds) dry in its original incarnation, so Tamarit’s makeover brought about a very noteworthy mass reduction. Combined with the extra power, it enables their Triumph cafe racer to go from zero to 62 mph (0-100 kph) in three seconds flat.

For this particular specimen, the squad used the tried-and-true color combo of black and gold, but we reckon their future clients will most likely be able to opt for other color schemes, as well. If you’ve got 30 grand to spare and find the Black Mamba as cool as we do, then head right over to the firm’s official website and order yours before they’re all taken.
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About the author: Silvian Secara
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A bit of an artist himself, Silvian sees two- and four-wheeled machines as a form of art, especially restomods and custom rides. Oh, and if you come across a cafe racer article on our website, it’s most likely his doing.
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