Lean, Mean, Green: “Dr. Banner” Triumph Thruxton 900

Triumph Thruxton Cafe Racer

A Hulk-inspired Thruxton from Tamarit Motorcycles… 

Produced from 2003 to 2018, the Triumph Thruxton 900 was a café racer version of the air-cooled Bonneville, featuring a hotter engine, firmer suspension, drop bars, rear sets, solo seat, and more. The name comes directly from Triumph’s 1960s racing heritage, when the Meriden factory built T120 racing specials to compete in the prestigious Thruxton 500 endurance race.

“That original Thruxton was one of the great bikes of its time. Hand-built using special parts, it squeezed out 53 horsepower and revved above 7000 rpm. Only 50-60 were officially built, but many Bonneville owners created their own Thruxton replicas.” –Motorcyclist

Triumph Thruxton Cafe Racer

The modern Thruxtons were mass-produced, of course, but fortunately there are custom workshops like Tamarit Motorcycles to transform these “neoclassic” café racers into truly special machines.

Triumph Thruxton Cafe Racer

This project was conceived, designed, and built around the name “Dr. Banner” — the mild-mannered alter ego of the Incredible Hulk. The idea was to create a muscular two-wheeled special with better manners and subtler details than the Hulk himself.

Triumph Thruxton Cafe Racer

One of the most striking features has to be the hydraulically-actuated monocoque body, which raises to provide access to the relocated and upgraded Motogadget electronics.

Triumph Thruxton Cafe Racer

Other highlights include a braced and nickeled custom frame, rear monoshock conversion, extended swingarm, chromed exhaust with brass details, and Gullwing X fairing that houses a cutting-edge gyroscopic headlight that adapts to curves in the road, providing maximum visibility during spirited riding.

Triumph Thruxton Cafe Racer

The result a sleek yet muscular street bike unlike anything else on the road, sure to turn heads wherever it goes. Below, the Tamarit team gives us the full details on Dr. Banner — their 126th build!

Triumph Thruxton 900 Special: In the Builder’s Words

Triumph Thruxton Cafe Racer

Dr. Banner: Unstoppable Elegance

Inspired by the great Marvel character, the muscular green-skinned Hulk who possesses incredible physical strength, and who better than his alter ego, Dr. Banner, to name this charismatic carbureted Thruxton after?

Triumph Thruxton Cafe Racer

Engine and Style: The Perfect Fusion

The project has been carried out on the basis of a Thruxton 900 engine, and there is no style that fits better with it than the Cafe Racer. A combination that turns Dr. Banner into a true classic motorcycle in the purest racer style.

Triumph Thruxton Cafe Racer

Design and Paint

The inspiration for choosing the color of the bike comes from the name it references. Its green color was meticulously chosen among several shades to bring greater importance to the classic aesthetic of the motorcycle. A color that highlights every shape of the motorcycle’s silhouette, giving it a more “muscular” appearance.

Triumph Thruxton Cafe Racer

Seat and Monocoque: Relocation and Access to Electronics

The seat of this project is embedded in a hydraulic monocoque, a piece made by hand in our facilities whose goal is to provide better access to the electronics. The bike has a button under the seat that activates the monocoque to lift and provide access to the electronics that have been simplified and relocated right there.

Triumph Thruxton Cafe Racer

Custom-made Belly Pan

For the #126 Dr. Banner motorcycle, more aerodynamic design lines were sought to simulate cutting through the air. To achieve this, a large and well-designed fairing has been included, which gives an aesthetic and aerodynamic plus.

Triumph Thruxton Cafe Racer

Headlight and Windshield

On the front of the motorcycle, we find an old acquaintance, the Gullwing X windshield. This is one of those pieces with vintage cafe racer style, but inside it, we have placed a high-tech gyroscopic headlight. This cutting-edge component allows for a wide illumination of the road and adapts its light to accompany the movement of the handlebar, providing greater safety.

Triumph Thruxton Cafe Racer

Custom Exhaust

The exhausts are the same as those in another one of our builds, Circe. It’s a high-pipe exhaust system, fully chromed and equipped with a brass-finished protective grille.

Triumph Thruxton Cafe Racer

Mono-shock Absorber

At the rear of the motorcycle, you’ll see the mono-shock absorber. This new component uses a single valve that exerts pressure equally, unlike dual shock absorbers. This translates to better handling and stability.

Triumph Thruxton Cafe Racer

Technology: The Motorcycle’s Brain

For a cleaner and more minimalist finish, one of our recurring technological components has been included: the Motogadget speedometer. But this component not only has a great aesthetic finish, but together with the installed ECU, it provides the motorcycle with great technology options.

Thruxton Cafe Racer

At Tamarit, we always seek the best electronics for our motorcycles, and ECUs function as their brains. That’s why we include the most complete ECU on the market, the Motogadget ECU, in our projects. Thanks to its functions and app, the motorcycle can be completely monitored through your smartphone.

Thruxton Cafe Racer

Other Highlights
  • In the controls of 126 Dr. Banner, we find Kustom Tech chrome levers, accompanied by Motogadget turn signals.
  • Moving to the front, both the CNC-machined triple trees and our Pantera springs have also been chromed.
  • 18-inch wheels and classic tires.
  • The front fender installed in this project comes with a bracket that has been brass-plated to match the bike’s aesthetics.
  • The bike’s length has been increased thanks to the extension of the swingarm, with a total added length of 15 cm / 6 in.
  • The bike’s chain has been installed in a gold color and is accompanied by a small top tab that covers it.
  • Rear lights embedded in the metal base of the seat, where the project’s identification plate can also be seen.
  • In this project, the bike’s name emblem has been placed on the belly pan.
  • Every detail has been taken care of, such as the chrome and brass-plating of all the screws.
  • In order to continue the silhouette lines and provide greater grip to the rider, the seat has been inserted into the fuel tank.
  • Another component that can be seen are the K&N filters, made of cotton with layers lubricated with oil, which offer up to 50% more air flow than traditional paper air filters.
  • During some of the modifications, the frame had to be reinforced and passed the relevant tests by a laboratory that certifies its strength.
  • On the motorcycle, Galfer brake discs can be seen and the brake calipers have been given a brass finish.

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  1. Wow. Certainly one of the nicest Triumphs I’ve seen. Just stunning – in its concept and execution. Kudos to the talented team at Tamarit!

  2. I’d like more information on the external front fork springs. Are they functional in any capacity, if so how do they work? Are they adjustable? Beautiful bike by the way, It looks to good to ride but I hope it does get ridden if it doesn’t then its just another piece of art on two wheels which would be a shame.

  3. BikeyMikey

    Not a big fan of the welding done here, but overall great composure.

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