Black Thunder’s story

It is a very common trend around the urban motorcycling collective that everything blooms as the weather gets more pleasant. As the summertime approaches, who owns a motorcycle is thinking about using it more often and even to include some modification or improvement, and those who don’t own one, are directly thinking about acquiring one if the conditions and resources are met. During the summer of 2017, the Tamarit workshop activity was frantic, because indeed, the warm temperatures arrived and everyone wanted to have their Triumph motorcycles ready and shiny. That’s why we had on our workshop up to four projects in progress during that time, Rosso, Comeback Special, Barracuda and finally the bike you’re going to read about here, Black Thunder.

The origin of this project is forged on the public introductions of our previous works, which Dani, friend and client of Tamarit, attended frequently. Dani owned an splendid 2016 Triumph Bonneville, and was that pristine condition of the motorcycle the fact that made Dani hesitate about leaving the motorcycle to Tamarit Motorcycles right away.

Always escorted by his pack of friends from Elda, Dani told us on every public introduction that the next motorcycle to present would be his Bonneville. A few introductions passed by anyway until the “Black Moustache” one, that was the moment when he dropped the keys on the table and sentenced: “That’s what I want”.

triumph bonneville black
triumph bonneville black

This is an episode that has been repeating many times along Tamarit’s existence. After a public introduction, a client appears asking for a makeover just like the one we had just presented publically or send us some pictures of a previous work requiring a motorcycle just like one of the picture. However, as been stated before on other stories, Tamarit Motorcyles does not copy his own projects, those projects are delivered to our clients with the commitment of delivering a unique motorcycles.

We had the Black Moustache concept as a starting point , but there were a handful of changes the ones to be applied on Dani’s Bonneville, first because Black Moustache was a Triumph Thruxton, and secondly because Dani’s project should be designed for a daily use aiming for a comfortable drive as well as a stunning look. For example, due the rider’s height we had to discard setting the exhausts on the upside because of the unbearable heat that the client told us he used to suffer, then the Bocanegra exhausts had to be placed on the underside, different from Black Moustache, whose Grand Boludo was installed on the upside.

The rear part of the motorbike would be equipped with parts like the rear fender eliminator kit, the chain cover, the Santa María side covers and the Jarama cowl, customized just as Black Moustache, with the numbered ovals attached on the sides.

Specifications:

  • Model: Bonneville 
  • Year: 2016
  • Manufacturer :  Triumph
  • Exhaust : Bocanegra
  • Grips : Biltwell
  • Seat : Modified Jarama
  • Tyres : Metzeler

About the front side, parts that were installed were the “New Little Bastard” front fender, the ¾ headlight, black metallic springs, smaller turning signals and grip rear view mirrors. The handlebar clearly stands out due its low and wide style, and the speedometer was also changed for one of our favourite imported parts ever, the Motogadget Chronoclassic speedometer. Other imported items for this project were the mixed set of tyres by Metzelder.

About the paintjob, Black Moustache concept was the starting point again, a shiny black base combined with the steel finish stripped down with a saw. Perhaps this technique would sound rude and brusque initially, but it’s not, the paint is stripped down with a rounded saw drawing homogeneous circles and towards the same direction, always without touching the raw metal with your hands to prevent stain. After that, we apply five to seven lacquer layers to fill the steel irregularities and the finish gets perfect and ready to be delivered.

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This bike is one of the many projects that our clients tasked to us. Tamarit Motorcycles usually works based on 3 project models: The first one, the client sends his Triumph to our workshop to be modified as desired. The second, Tamarit buys and modifies the motorcycle under client’s request and desires. And finally, the client purchases an stock motorcycle, a finished project already modified.