Triumph of the tweaker
The Scrambler’s unscrambled, writesMARKHINCHLIFFE
IT MIGHT look the part, but when it comes to producing the goods, Triumph’s Bonneville Scrambler delivers about 90 per cent of its potential despite the recent addition of fuel injection.
The Scrambler was introduced to cash in on nostalgia for actor and Triumph fan the late Steve McQueen and the famous jump scene in the movie The Great Escape.
But, at 205kg, the Scrambler was never going to fly.
Limited ground clearance also prevented it racing away from pursuing Nazis across Austrian paddocks, or staging carefree beach romps as seen in the iconic On Any Sunday documentary.
However, with a few tweaks, some genuine Triumph accessories and a bit of ingenuity, the full potential of the machine can be achieved.
Dave Pearce of Aussie Bikers Shop, in Noosaville, near Brisbane, has unleashed much of that potential with his Scrambler project bike.
Dumping the twin side-mounted mufflers for a single can saves almost 8kg.
Pearce says the original dual mufflers weighed a staggering 12.1kg. The replacement Triumph Arrow single exhaust weighs only 4.6kg and releases a glorious and nostalgic Triumph bark.
It also allows the bike to rev a lot more freely than did the rather asthmatic original.
Further adding to the rev-ability are New Zealand-sourced Thunderbike cams and a K&N air filter.
Pearce’s Scrambler has not been dyno tested, but he says top-end power is improved. Weight has also been shed by using a Triumph single seat and smaller, lighter mirrors.
However, that has been offset by the addition of an insect screen, bashplate, engine protection bars, Barkbusters and an SW-Motech rack mount for a Givi top box.
Total weight saving is healthy 10kg.
The limited suspension is aided by
still a YSS emulators in the forks and YSS piggyback shocks, which replace the standard Kayaba units and lift the bike by 2mm.
Ground clearance is also improved with a Thai-sourced RMP rear brake caliper relocator, which moves it from the bottom to the top of the brake disc.
‘‘I’ve been through the forest trails and I’ve been surprised by how well it went,’’ Pearce says.
Don’t ask him what it costs, but the relocator alone was almost $600.
Pearce also plans to fit tyres with more knobbly tread from Mitas to replace the Trailwings, and make other modifications.