Until a couple of weeks ago I never heard of Maria Motorcycles, a small shop in Portugal. With an unemployment rate of 16% (neighboring Spain rate is even worse, a whopping 25.8%), and although motorcycles are popular as a mean of transportation, it must be extremely difficult to make a living selling custom work in this small 10 million people country. For sure it explains why this customization is limited to light modifications with emphasis on the paint job to look like no others.
The Mightyblue Triumph Thruxton, whose technical alteration include only a re-tuned injection mapping due to a change of exhaust, found a way to get its own personality via removal of the front fender, addition of oval side panels, tremoval of the rear cowl leaving more room available for a 2-up nostalgic ribbed seat, installation of dual-sport tires. A simple 2-tone paint job wraps the project. Until better days in Portugal, a nice “austerity time” project from a shop deserving to be helped making its own mark on the European custom scene. Maria Motorcycles (website still in the works )