In the 1960's, far from civilisation and regular roads, stripped down desert bikes based on Triumph twins and fitted with high level exhausts, dirt bike tyres and suspension were being used for hard recreational fun and competition on tough terrain. The Scrambler takes its inspiration from these custom bikes. They were highly competitive and most famously used by Hollywood superstar Steve McQueen for pleasure and in full competition. Including the 1964 International Six Day Trial (ISDT) in East Germany. We built the Scrambler to evoke that spirit of freedom and escape, carefree times when all you needed was a bike and somewhere to ride.
Just as desert racers and Enduro riders in the 1960's took Triumph twins and personalised them for off-road fun and competition, we started out with the standard Bonneville and modified it to achieve the classic Scrambler look. The current Bonneville itself makes it first appearance in 2001 when it was powered by the first 790cc version of the retro parallel twin. When the Scrambler was introduced though, it was fitted with the latest 865cc engine to achieve the strong torque at low revs. Then it was a case of studying the archives and adding the features to give the Scrambler its convincing 1960's style.
With the exhausts lifted high out of the way it's possible to see the traditional tubular steel. twin cradle frame in all its glory. Classically styled by strong enough to meet modern handling expectations. The engine is bolted in to lend its own stiffness to the frame creating a ride that is light, predictable and completely engaging. The pair of chromed shocks at the back look classic on the outside but are completely modern on the inside. They give you a balance and effective damping for comfort and controlled handling. The front forks wear traditional rubber bellows to protect against dirt, whilst the stubby front mudguard is just like those you would have fitted in the 1960's.
The riding position has its roots in off-roading as well. We gave the Scrambler high, wide, black handlebars and raised footrests for better ground clearance. It sits you tall and upright so you are in command riding around town or cruising in the country. The traditional long, flat seat of the Scrambler not only looks the part, it also means that riders of all sizes can fin the ideal position to sit by sliding in to the most comfortable place. This is true for the passenger as well.