Bikers today are looking for the adventure and fun of off-road riding with on-street appeal. Nothing is better than taking a bike from yesteryear and making it one of the most sought-after dual-purpose bikes today. One such bike is the vintage scrambler. It began as a splash but lost a little bit of its luster along the way. Today, the scrambler is making a comeback, as more bike enthusiasts are creating the demand. Let’s take a look at the history of scramblers.
The History of Scramblers
The history of scramblers has its origins in the 1960s. So, although it appears as though they are brand-new, the concept has been around for about 40 years. The original idea was to build a bike with “performance enhancements” to maximize its output and production during races. A race of scramblers could happen anywhere. For example, a race can take place in mud slop, on roads and even across open fields. Whatever it took to win while racing from point A to point B.
In short, a bike had to handle diverse terrain and transition smoothly between on-road and off-road riding. Many biking races would take place on open fields. Then suddenly, there would be a transition to roads, streets and again to uneven terrain. To ensure handling a race of this type, bikes were stripped naked and rebuilt to be as light as possible to gain speed potential. Some additional enhancements included knobby tires, high exhaust pipes and taller suspensions. The original scramblers also had a nice look sporting spoked rims.
The riding style of race and design of scramble continues its original look to this day. Of course, modernization has made this bike ever more popular. As the sport of motocross exploded in popularity, new ideas for all-purpose dirt bikes reduced the demand for the scrambler. Therefore, the luster was lost.
Since then, scramblers are no longer meant for all-purpose racing, but should the sport come back for the bike? Interest is increasing, and the attraction of the scrambler makes this modernized antique of a motorcycle increase in demand.
What Constitutes a Scrambler?
Due to the modernized version of the scrambler bike today, the stripping of a bike like this still must have essential ingredients for it to be considered a scrambler. So, what constitutes a scrambler? The primary components include:
- A smaller gas tank
- A small padded seat
- A small headlight
- A stripped appearance
- Dual rear shocks
- Knobby tires
- Spoked rims
- An air-cooled torque engine
The vintage look is of extreme importance to match the origins of the past. While some may be attracted to the look of the bike, many riders enjoyed the power, balance and the diversity of being able to ride on-road and off-road. Demand is at an all-time high for the scrambler. The ruggedness is exceptionally appealing to the casual biking crowd, along with those who enjoy off-road racing.
Today’s fan of the scrambler is more into the look of old, more so than in the racing components. The uniqueness of the look of the bike is where the biking enthusiasts go crazy. It’s all about the feeling of “once upon a time.” Today scrambler makers create scramblers of appeal more so than the “real deal” scrambler.
Different Types of Scramblers
While there are different types of scramblers on the market today, we will discuss a few, such as:
- Triumph Street Scrambler: This bike closely resembles the motorcycle of the past. It has the power to push like no other, roaring with 7500 RPM and 64.1bhp of output. In this capacity, the tort is 80 Nm at 3200 RPM. It has a twin-engine ability that is liquid-cooled. It is an exceptionally light bike and has a reputation of being extremely fast off-road with a comfortable feel for street riding. It is a very versatile bike that easily handles transitions from uneven terrain to smooth pavement.
- The Ducati Scrambler: There are nine different models of this bike. Each model has a 903cc L-twin engine except for one, and each has 75 HP that produces 45 pound-feet of torque.
- The BMW R nineT Scrambler: When it comes to scramblers, the BMW R nineT stands out. It is known for its 84 pound-feet of torque that is powered by 110 HP. Additionally, the air-cooled engine runs at 1,170cc. It is ergonomically made to handle human-made streets and natural terrain.
- The Moto Guzzi V7 Stornello Scrambler: The modernized Stornello Scrambler has retro appeal. The allure of the bike is its fancy makeup. This 410-pound bike produces 40 HP. It has six speeds, traction control and dual-channel ABS.
- The Benelli Leoncino Scrambler: This vintage-looking bike has a fuel-injected engine that produces 45 Nm torque. It nets 4500 RPM coming from four valves per cylinder. What’s unique is its dual overhead camshaft timing system with a hydraulic clutch and a six-speed gearbox.
The original scrambler riders built the bike individually. As the popularity increased and manufacturers began selling directly to showrooms, bikers began to swamp sellers to get a ready-made bike that they could ride immediately.
If you want a ride through the forest or on city streets to enjoy the sunset, looking cool on a scrambler is an all-time favorite for the biker everywhere. Who wouldn’t love the vintage look of a bike of the past?