Scramble [ˈskrambəl] Verb: Make one’s way quickly or awkwardly up a steep gradient or over rough ground. The dictionary definition says it all. Scramblers are not Motorcross or Enduro bikes, or even trail bikes. There’s no suggestion of being light on your feet or delicately suspended by competition chassis parts. You simply take a practical grunty bike, with ‘enough’ suspension travel, add some knobbly tyres, high fenders, wide bars, and now your scrambling. No need to come first or not fall off – just go anywhere, but at your own pace.
This Triumph scrambler was put together by Ton Up Garage and made it’s debut at Wheels & Waves in Biarritz, so you’ll see it hooning around on video on the Ton Up Garage trip movie.
The bike is a commissioned build, made for a client as a daily rider, but designed to be something that could fulfill his occasional off-road ambitions too. It’s based around a 2012 Triumph Scrambler EFI.
Many of the mods and aesthetics are obvious, covering-off the right tyres, pegs, bars, etc, but there’s plenty more under the skin that makes this bike a proper scrambler – while keeping decent road manners.
The exhaust is a Zard system, specially made for the modern injection Triumph Scramblers (they have a carb version too). They went for the shorter option.
Fenders were shortened and raised, and the headlamp was integrated into one side of a black number-board. A Ton Up Garage twin seat was fitted, so passengers could also enjoy some rear wheel sliding. The tail light is a mini Lucas and the indies are super tiny, so as not to spoil the dirtbike vibe.
The Motogadget speedo is tiny, black, posh and high-end, complementing the old school up-swept dirtbike braced handlebar which wears Magura levers, operating hydraulic brake and clutch.
The original rear shocks were replaced by two Ohlins units and the fork springs were upgraded to Ohlins progressive springs too, which is as good as it gets. As a final touch, the guys fitted and old Jerry-can on one side of the bike, converted into hard luggage.
The Zard pipe and Ohlins suspension alone are a great upgrade on the original machine, and the looks and paint are perfect for this proper Triumph Scrambler. It’s a bike that you really feel like you could go anywhere on, but not necessarily in a hail of dust and shingle, rather, in a more gentlemanly pace – with the good lady seated to the rear.
It’s all bang on-brand for this British machine. If only they came out of the factory this way.
Pictures were taken by Ton Up Garage’s photographer Joel Bessa.