Triumph’s Scrambler is a really nice looking bike but exciting isn’t the first thing you would say if someone asked about performance. It seems Bill Himmelsbach from EuroSports in Philadelphia thought the same thing and figured he would see if a bit of the old character from the Steve McQueen era was hiding inside. Not too surprisingly, it is.
While flipping through the digital pages of the January 09 issue of Motorcyclist, I came across the story about what he did to the Scrambler. There are quite a few parts and some skillful mechanical work involved, like a big bore kit to bring the engine up to 904cc, high compression pistons, twin high pipes from Thunderbike of New Zealand, new cams, new jets, new clutch, new brakes, new shocks, new wheels, new tires and lots more. There’s even a little cross cultural exchange with handlebars from a Ducati Monster.
The result is an increase in horsepower from 44 to 65 and torque from 41 foot pounds to 57 foot pounds. Those numbers won’t impress any jaded sportbike rider but they deliver, according to Alan Cathcart, what he called (ahem!) accessible performance, something that turns the Scrambler into an all around fun bike.
Let’s see, a nice retro looking standard, accessible performance, a wide flat seat with room for two, … hmm, looks and sounds like a recipe for success. If you don’t want to wait for Triumph to catch on and offer one from the factory, EuroSports will put one together for you, just $5,000 plus a stock Scrambler to begin with. I like it. How about you?