A Brief Guide To Honda Scramblers

Of all of the big four Japanese motorcycle manufacturers, it is perhaps Honda that is the most closely associated with the scrambler genre – they were building scramblers from the mid-to-late 1960s with much success in Japan, North America and Europe.

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Tamarit “Ronin” Triumph Scrambler

Tamarit Motorcycles is a Spanish custom motorcycle and parts company who have turned out some of the best looking and most usable Triumph Scramblers we’ve seen over the past few years. Their builds are typically characterised by practicality – they’re designed to be bikes that are ridden everyday rather than just on weekends. This bike…

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Honda CX500 Scrambler

The Honda CX500 is a motorcycle that wasn’t all that well loved when its was first released. In some markets it was nicknamed the “plastic maggot” and after a 5 year production run Honda pulled the plug and moved focus onto its better selling inline-4s. More recently, the humble little CX500 has been going through…

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Yamaha TR1 Scrambler

The Yamaha TR1 is essentially the european version of the XV920R, the differences largely being an increase in displacement for the TR1, and some poorly advised styling tweaks. I’m reasonably certain that design brief for the TR1 was a picture of a Vincent Black Shadow with Japanese characters that said “do this” underneath it. Both…

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BMW R 100R by Blitz

The BMW R 100R was a bit of a precursor of the modern trend towards retro motorcycles. It was released in 1991 and sold until 1996, unlike the other bikes in the BMW stable it made no real attempt at being modern. BMW targeted the R 100R at an older generation who remembered the heady…

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Yamaha XS650 Gravel Tracker

The Yamaha XS650 was one of the most advanced motorcycles in the world when it was released in 1968, the engine utilised a SOHC, a horizontally split crankcase and it was of unit construction – as opposed to the pre-unit engines that were still in widespread production. The design of the XS650 was essentially an…

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Norton Commando Scrambler

The Norton Commando is a motorcycle that defied the odds to become a cult classic in its own lifetime, it was developed to compete with the new wave of bikes coming out of Japan but unlike the Japanese, the Brits were struggling to fund new R&D. This resulted in the Commando using the Atlas parallel…

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BMW R100RS Scrambler

The BMW R100RS was a transformative motorcycle for BMW, it was one of the first bikes designed to wear a fairing from the very beginning, and its design cues would be widely copied by a range of other motorcycle manufacturers. The fairing used on the R100RS was developed by Hans Muth, a major figure in…

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BMW R nineT Scrambler

The BMW R nineT has shot to the forefront of the custom motorcycle scene at a remarkable turn of speed, BMW released it in 2014 after having developed it with the burgeoning cafe racer community in mind. At its heart, the R nineT has a 1170cc air-cooled boxer twin capable of 110 hp and 119…

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The Official Jurassic World Triumph Scrambler

During filming of Jurassic World, three custom Triumph Scramblers were built for use by Chris Pratt in a number of memorable scenes, including one of the most iconic parts of the film in which Pratt’s character rides his Scrambler through the jungle flanked by Velociraptors while hunting the Indominus Rex. The three Scramblers were identical in…

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Harley-Davidson Scrambler

The Harley-Davidson Sportster is the longest running model in the Milwaukee-based marque’s history, it was first introduced in 1957 but its predecessor (the Model K) was on the market 5 years earlier. Since its inception, the Sportster has been characterised by its relative light weight (compared to other Harley models), low cost and accessibility to…

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