Like many Triumph owners I’m sure, I had my eyes set on a Triumph bike and Triumph only from the moment I thought about purchasing a motorcycle. In particular I loved the look of the Triumph Scrambler and spent countless hours gawking over images pasted over Instagram and Pinterest. I remember the first time I saw a Triumph Scrambler in person -- It was about 5 years ago and I was rambling through the streets of Berkeley, CA with about 15 of my closest friends on my way to the BART station, heading over to Golden Gate Park for the Outside Lands music festival. There I stood, looking like a knock-off version of white Jimi Hendrix (festival garb in full force), entranced by the badassness of this classic beauty. It was then and there I set my goal to own one asap and was finally able to call one my own a couple years (and a few festivals) later.
Also like many Triumph owners, I began to shape the bike right away in my own image with mods. I was largely inspired by the British Customs Cassidy Bike (all of their bikes are effin awesome), and being from southern California, my own style was influenced by beach culture and I enjoyed the simple, low lines of their bike. So with some small savings, and a lot of help from Delboy’s Garage (godsend for install tutorials) I began a journey on customizing my very own Triumph Scrambler. I’ll walk through the things I’ve added with some photos and not-so-pro tips and tricks and show you how we came up with the bike you see in most all photos used on our website.
Stock 2015 Triumph Scrambler
British Customs Cassidy Scrambler Build (inspiration)
VUZ Moto Scrambler Build
This was the first mod I knew I had to get done. The stock black seat just wasn't cutting it and knew it would make a dramatic change to the appearance of the bike. Sure enough, we still get comments often on the look of the seat. Very comfortable and we also like the way it wears in after thousand of miles of butt rubbing on it. British Custom's is highly recommended for everything Triumph you probably already know:)
Pro Tip: Check out this Cool Package that contains other accessories you'll need for the seat install.
This was actually one of the last mods we opted for, as it's not a part of the Cassidy bike shown above. Is "less more" with this mod? We'll leave that up to you to decide. Our concern was the loss of protection from tire spray the fender provides. No one wants mud flying up the back of for their girlfriend on your way to dinner (it is kinda funny though) or all over themselves on the way to work (sometimes funny, sometimes not). The trick here is to add the license plate and rack (discussed later). This should add sufficient protection from unwanted dirt spraying up your arse.
Pro Tip: get a rear rack and license plate holder to protect from unwanted mud on your back.
Let's admit it, the stock turn signals and mirrors (oh god the mirrors especially) are no the sleekest look. Great news is British Customs has a great solution and simple, clean design.
Pro Tip: Buy the stuff below to make your install breezier than a beach day in boxers.
These just sound cool. My advice, just get these in any case. But they're much more comfortable (in our opinion) than the stock bars and give the bike a more dirt-bike feel. Also something about having another part made by a British company on the bike. Show some loyalty people!
Not so Pro-Tip: Need 1 1/8" clamps! Don't eff up (like we did) and forget to purchase these separately.
Pro Tip: Just watch the video below. It's what sold us. Also, Classic Bike Reisch are good people! Don't be afraid to order from Germany. It's easy peasy. Super easy to install.
You may have heard or read of people putting on a shotgun exhaust and then experiencing a loud "popping bang" sounds when you let off the throttle. Sure enough, without this nifty kit the bike pops like a beazy after accelerating and then de-throttling. So if you're not into annoying people or sounding like your bike might blow up, I'd get this for sure.
Do I need a re-map after these upgrades? -- We'd recommend it. Bike was running a little hot without the re-map. The good folks at Freedom Cycle Reno hooked us up with a re-map on the house. BTW, get your karma in today people and do something nice:)
Pro Tip: Watch this Delboy's Garage install video.
The stock suspension on the Scrambler is not the best. For a relatively inexpensive upgrade you can improve the suspension performance by a butt load (and we do mean a butt load). Pot holes and rinding two up are much easier to manage and better on the butts and lower back. The shocks are adjustable (just like the stock shocks) and very easy to install.
Pro Tip: Another Delboy instal video.
The luggage rack has been one of the most functional mods we've added to our Scrambler. It makes mounting the saddlebag(s) very easy and of course you can throw more luggage on top of the rack. Like we said before it can also prove as another mud guard. This rack is very easy to install and relatively inexpensive.
Pro Tip: search for the item on Ebay and make sure it fits your bike model and year!
9. Custom Passenger Peg
So here at VUZ Moto we're a big fan of Pirates and Harry Potter.... not sure if you could tell by now. If you think that's lame lame.... then sorry, not sorry. Anyways, one day we happened to break a peg off (don't ask) and decided to build our own custom peg... pirate style, from wood. A few swift cuts, hole drilled, --- re-drilled, dunk in an oil finish and a quick spurt of artistic excellence with the soldering iron and we came up with this:
Paperclip for the win! -- it has stayed on for over 5,000 miles.
That's it for the major modifications we've made to the scrambler. Below are some smaller items we've added to the bike along the way.
- Short Brake and Clutch Levers
- Joker Machine Shift Peg
- Biltwell Rocker Foot Pegs for Triumph
- Bar-end Mounted Mirrors
- Biltwell ⅞ Thruster Grips
We'd love to learn more about the modifications you've done to your bike. Feel free to comment and share and let us know if you have any questions with any of the items discussed. As always, you can reach out directly to me at firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.
Cheers and safe trails!