A couple of days after, David turned up in our headquarters, and propose us something that haunted him for quite a long time: An Alicante to China journey through the famous Silk Route, 30,000 kilometers only in 30 days and completely on his own. The journey wouldn’t be riding his Triumph Tiger but a neoclassic Triumph prepared by Tamarit Motorcycles. The proposal was more than tempting, no one attempted to make that trip alone and with a Triumph Bonneville, but David’s safety was the main priority.
We tried to talk David out about making the journey, because is a very dangerous route taking into account the uncertain situation that some of the countries were going through : countries such as Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Turkey, the whole Turkestan region…etc and on top of that, completely alone. In the end, David ignored our warnings and wanted to carry on with the adventure. First thing to do was, to communicate Triumph Spain the great feat to carry out. Initially they didn’t pay much attention, but finally a little collaboration happened.
Once the Bonneville T120 was purchased to carry out the adventure, the phase of preparing the Triumph motorcycle began. Obviously the result should be a Tamarit motorcycle: an urban motorcycle, comfortable for the city-ride and beautiful… but never a motorcycle built and ready for such kind of adventure as a Triumph Explorer or Triumph Tiger.
The first part to install was the “Ibiza” seat, we wanted a concept like our former seat Tarifa, but on this case we provide it more high. As its predecessor would be a seat manufactured in polyurethane for a guaranteed comfort, ready for two people and with a little tail coming with the LED pilot light.
Later on the time for the muffler came, we loved the look of the Bocanegra exhaust, but this time, instead of being 2 in 1 , would be only the mufflers and one on each side. A stainless steel sump guard, a short fender, protective headlight grill and side covers were some of the parts developed for this project.
We couldn’t forget the difficulty of this journey, 1000 kilometers legs and distances with no chance to refuel of more than 400 kilometers so, we worked on the practical area of the motorcycle as well, without set the esthetic aside. A set of carriers were developed so David could transport his equipment, two 5 liter canisters were adapted on both sides of the motorcycle, tires were changed from regular to mixed, a cross handlebar with holders to set the cellphone and GPS and a powerstrip to charge all kind of devices.
Only the esthetic part was left : paintjob, upholstery, leather grips, rims and turning signals. The outcome was a total achievement, so we have only had to wait for the departure date and hope things would go as David expected.