I've been lurking the boards for a while learning lots from you guys, so first of all, thanks so much for all of the amazing technical advice you already (unwittingly) provided, this forum really is very cool.
So, for a few years, I've wanted to build a bike in memory of my grandfather and his brothers who used to scramble triumphs in Wales back in the day. I live in Dubai, so starting with an actual old bike, for now, would be difficult in terms of getting parts and stuff. So, when Triumph brought out the 'new' Scrambler I was super-pleased that this would be the base for my project.
A couple of months ago, I finally had the means to begin and, as luck would have it, I found a bike on Ebay that matched what I wanted (carb model, black engine cases, preferably in good condition) - a 2007, with just 750 miles on the clock (it had been in storage for 3 years).
After the usual tense closing of the auction, it was mine. Then began the nightmare of getting it shipped to Dubai. I found someone who could pick the bike up from the seller, hand over the balance of the payment and get it crated and shipped. It turned out, this was definitely the easy bit! It took me a whole day of driving around Jebel Ali port, handing over money and following a nightmare papertrail of bureaucracy, but finally it was on the back of my truck and heading for home!
Offloaded, uncrated, I finally had a Triumph on my driveway! I was a happy man that day!!
Right from the get-go, I wanted to take this back to a 'vintage scrambler' look. To be honest, Hammarhead's Jack Pine has been a massive inspiration as that is exactly how I remember these bikes looking from when my grandad took me to vintage scrambles as a kid. I've been in touch with James at Hammarhead and he's been really cool about giving some very helpful advice. In effect, I wanted to strip it back, both to simply everything and reduce weight.
So, while waiting for the bike to arrive, I set about hunting for and ordering parts. Almost as soon as it arrived, I got started...
First up, the massive OEM exhausts had to go, to be replaced with Zard Cross 2-into-1s. At the same time, a Joker Machine sprocket cover also went on. I couldn't believe the weight of what came off with just these two!
Next airbox and air injection got ditched for a NARK and beautiful K&Ns. Was actually a surprisingly easy job!
Finally, for now, the stock fenders and turn signals are also in the pile and been replaced with bare aluminium fenders (front still needs the cut to be smoothed out) and Joker Machine Astro turn signals (not shown, sorry about the pic quality, it got dark by the time I was done!)
Pretty pleased with how things have gone so far and am VERY pleased with the large (and heavy, I reckon north of 40lbs) pile of stuff that has come off the bike so far.
Definite next steps are:
- install some vintage MX bars and declutter the bars/front end with a smaller speedo unit (maybe a motogadget mini if I can afford it), bar-end mirrors, headlight brackets, billet master cylinder, etc.
- wire in the LED turn signals and install some sort of rear LED light unit - I'll happily admit, I'm OK at the mechanical stuff, but am hopeless at electrics!
- rejet the carbs (the NARK came with 150 main jets, seems a bit big, no?!)
- Install a new right-side cover, with some sort of dedication message to my grandad and his brothers
After that, I'm not sure, I will probably upgrade the suspension. Might paint it black and put some vintage tank badges on. Will probably change the tires (probably TKC80s for the looks and for some traction down the sandy desert tracks here in Dubai).
So, that's me so far! Thanks again for the advice - given to others but gratefully received - and I'm looking forward to becoming a more active member of the TriumphRats communty.