Meet TurXton, a Delicious Triumph Thruxton R Elevated to Custom Heights

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Photo: Tamarit Motorcycles
As you might already know, Triumph will be discontinuing the Thruxton lineup come 2024, thus ending a two-decade production run. The manufacturer is marking this occasion with the Thruxton Final Edition, and we also want to see the model go out with a bang since it is leaving us so soon. We will therefore be featuring numerous custom-made Thruxtons over the coming months, so as to bid a proper farewell to this beloved cafe racer.
The nameplate has long been popular in the custom bike community, and it only makes sense for us to acknowledge this legacy as best we can. Of course, many of the Thruxton-based projects we’re going to inspect in the near future will be coming from Tamarit Motorcycles – the world’s leading Triumph customization specialists. No introduction is needed for this Spanish firm, because their work has garnered attention far and wide.

Pictured above these paragraphs is the 141st entry in their project archive, completed and revealed a little while back. Going by the name of TurXton, this sexy thing used to be a stock Thruxton 1200 R prior to Tamarit’s custom treatment, and it still retains its original cafe racer allure. The transformation process was fairly straightforward by this workshop’s standards, but it did tick all the right boxes.

First things first, the Thruxton R came with highly capable Ohlins suspension and Brembo brakes straight out of the box, so there was no real need to upgrade these goodies. Instead, Tamarit’s gurus focused their efforts on the cosmetic side of the equation, with some fresh bodywork, a striking livery, and more tasty accessories than you can shake a stick at.

Without further ado, let’s go ahead and examine what went on here. The donor’s unmistakable fuel tank was retained, but all the other bodywork components have been ditched while it was being taken apart. A smaller, yet equally effective fender can now be spotted at the front, secured in place by means of bespoke mounting hardware. Higher up, we see Tamarit’s proprietary gyroscopic LED headlight.

Photo: Tamarit Motorcycles
Used on many of their previous builds, this module features an adaptive beam responsive to handlebar movement and tilts. It provides lighting where it is most needed when cornering, thus making night rides a lot safer and more enjoyable. You will still find the OEM dials sitting above the headlamp, and the clip-on handlebars with much of their accompanying equipment are also stock.

However, there are now Motogadget bar-end mirrors and turn signals placed at their tips. Moving on to the TurXton’s rear portion, the first thing that catches our eye is a new cafe racer tail fabricated from scratch. Its design isn’t too far from that of the factory unit, but it did allow the installation of a much prettier solo seat. The saddle was once again put together in-house, using high-density padding and premium black leather upholstery.

It is flanked by off-the-shelf side covers from the shop’s own catalog of aftermarket parts, and the subframe’s underside has also been enclosed to keep road debris at bay. The motorcycle’s rearmost section is home to a compact tail tidy, complete with an LED taillight and Motogadget blinkers. This creature may not be a scrambler, but Tamarit still gave the engine’s underside some protection in the form of a sump guard with circular cut-outs.

Photo: Tamarit Motorcycles
Just like the headlight and side covers, this is yet another bolt-on part from the workshop’s inventory. The same goes for the new aluminum chain guard fitted a bit further back, while the badges adorning the engine covers are bespoke items fabricated specifically for this project. They showcase the build name and number in a subtle, yet very stylish fashion.

Now, it’s time for us to look at our favorite thing about this bike – the mesmerizing custom exhaust system. The pipework is a pie-cut affair made of stainless-steel, gracefully snaking its way around the stator covers before ending in downward-facing tips. We’re guessing that Tamarit also added internal baffles to keep noise levels within acceptable parameters , but this isn’t mentioned in their presentation.

The air intake was due for some snazzy modifications, as well, gaining new manifolds and a premium pair of Free Spirits pod filters facing forward. Taking the TurXton across the finish line is a delicious color scheme, which employs a mixture of black and cyan done in a glossy finish. The Triumph fuel tank badges made room for Tamarit-branded replacements, partially chromed to keep things nice and shiny.

We’re used to seeing a lot more chrome, nickel, and brass plating on the motorcycles built by these guys, but here they’ve tweaked the formula for a breath of fresh air. Although it isn’t quite as intricate as some of their other builds, this restyled Thruxton R certainly doesn’t fail to impress. Oh, and just imagine how sweet it must sound with that new exhaust!
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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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