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Old 10-20-2012, 02:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys,

I have a 2006 Scrambler (in red/white) and am looking to slowly turn it into a café bike. It's my only mode of transportation at the moment so until I move into the city (Philadelphia, in a few months) I can't have it locked up in a garage.

So far I've thrown a pair of Norman Hyde M-Bars and Napoleon Bar-End Mirrors on. I'll look into some clip-ons (maybe these) once I'm in the city and don't have a 54 mile highway commute. Will I need anything else to install them?

I'd like to get a seat cowl and front fairing, essentially identical to the Thruxton. What'd be the easiest/cheapest way to do this? I can pick up a Thruxton Gel Seat (from what I understand it'd fit my Scrambler no problem). Would I be better off trying to find a fiberglass cowl and fairing and get them painted? Or should I pick up some Thruxton ones and get them repainted? I need the ability to remove the cowl and use the 2 up seat for storage/lady friends. I'm also thinking about a chin spoiler (I think they look badass).

Next I was looking at a pair of rear sets here. Decent choice?

I know café bikes don't typically have the upswept exhaust, but I feel like I'd be ripping the soul out of the Scrambler by changing that. I'm already removing everything else that makes it a Scrambler, so I'd like give her a chance to hold onto her dignity. Plus I think they look great. I really love the exhaust Arrow puts out. Is there anything else I should be looking into?

And finally, and this is the part where I have the least knowledge: I'd like to get it lowered. The Scrambler sits pretty high, which I have no problem with at 5'10", but I definitely want that sleek racer look eventually. Do I just get some aftermarkets shocks? Is it more complicated than that? Treat me as a squid when answering this question.

For now I'm not really interested in upgrading the engine and performance, so no worries on that. But, if you have any more thoughts or suggestions please speak your mind!

I recently started working at RevZilla in the CS department, so my expertise is in moto gear, not hardware. At least not for café bikes ---> most of the guys/girls there are track and adventure riders. I also have little to no mechanical aptitude myself, so keep that in mind.

Thanks to anyone who reads this, and anyone who replies would be helping me out tremendously! For your time I've included a few pictures in which all but one (me taking the turn) show my old bar setup:


-John
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Old 10-20-2012, 04:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I dig it...keep us posted on the project.
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Old 10-20-2012, 06:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Seems like not that long ago somebody was doing the opposite of your goal on this forum and you might be able to pick up some things you need. Check "parts for sale" and post a "parts wanted" ad - you might fall into something.

The Thruxton seat/cowl would be your best bet and I recommend the gel saddle if your butt is as boney as mine as the stock seat was very uncomfortable for me. The problem w/ the factory fly screen is the diameter of the Scrambler headlight and the way it mounts. Both the Bonneville and Thruxton use a larger headlight so their respective fly screens wouldn't work. I have a factory one on mine, but also like the clear Dart screen as well. I don't know if they make one for the Scrambler - you'd have to check.

You already have a Thruxton front fender w/ a Fenda Extenda. High pipes on a cafe racer are definitely just fine - reminds me of a high-pipe Norton.

Seems like my owners manual specifications, going on memory, have the Thruxton and Scrambler closer to each other chassis wise than the others. So, you may not need to do anything there.

Your photos are pretty artsy - look good!

Jim

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I dig it as well. You can really make a cool cafe out of a high piped Scrambler. How much do you want it lowered? Bonneville rear shocks are about an inch lower. Your m bars need to be 7/8ths diameter, make sure they are. Tires make the big difference. Get some Roadrunners on there and good luck! Should be fun.
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The M-bars are 7/8, they've been installed for a while yet (I'll snap a picture when I get home). I just picked up a pair of Pirelli Sport Demons that'll be installed next weekend (it's still my long commuting machine until I move, so there's that). First on my list will probably be the seat and cowl, then shocks. It seems I have a variety of options to get her 1" lower, so that shouldn't be a problem. Thanks for the comments guys! Keep them coming!

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Love the red and white scrambler paint scheme. I will never understand why they went to the flat paint.

Good luck. Looks like a fun project.


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I'll be picking up a Thruxton Gel seat shortly. Does anyone know where I can find a set cowl to go with it? From a bit of research it looks like Sixty8 makes an Ivory colored one, which will be close to my Scrambler - but is also hard to find in the states. I wouldn't be opposed to getting an unfinished one and having it painted, though I'd rather avoid that. Any ideas?


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I think you should make it a sweet street scrambler!!! Everyone has a cafe bike these days...
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Hmm, explain yourself!


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Old 11-25-2012, 08:29 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Why not throw some renthal low rise bars on there, lighten that bad boy up, and making a sweet street scrambler out of that thing? You will invest a ton of loot in making it "right"- clip ons, rearsets, aftermarket headlight bracket, etc...
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