What’s this Scram­bling lark all about any­way?

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Feature -

A scrambler used to re­fer to an of­froad bike as ‘scram­bling’ was an early form of motocross. How­ever, this has all changed and a mod­ern scrambler is ba­si­cally a bike made to look a bit rough and ready. As a rule of thumb, a mod­ern scrambler comes with off-road style tyres with the wheels an off-road mim­ick­ing 17in rear and 19in front. To re­ally com­plete the look spoked wheels are ideal, but some use cast ones to save costs. As off-road­ers re­quire ex­tra ground clear­ance, longer-than-stan­dard sus­pen­sion is gen­er­ally added to lift the bike and wide motocross bars com­pete the look. If they are re­ally push­ing the boat out a man­u­fac­turer may in­clude ex­tra styling touches such as a leather or suede seat (brown, nat­u­rally), stacked pipes as these were used on 1950s and 1960s bikes to in­crease ground clear­ance and metal bash plates and fork gaiters. So what’s a desert sled? A desert sled was the generic name given to off-road bikes used in Cal­i­for­nian desert races in the 1950s and 1960s. Iron­i­cally, most desert sleds were Tri­umphs, Har­leys, Husq­var­nas and In­di­ans, but a Du­cati 350 Desmo won the first ever Baja 500 race in 1969.

That’s what I’m talk­ing about. Gr­rrrrr

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