Unik Edition builds a scrambler for a historic moto brand…
Few brands can claim the motorcycling heritage of Barbour International. In 1908, Barbour’s inaugural catalogue included an oilskin suit designed for motorcycling, “impregnable by wind or wet.” In 1936, Duncan Barbour, a keen motorcyclist, introduced the A1 one-piece bike suit in a dark green wax, developed specifically for the 1936 International Six Day Trials (ISDT) event. The suit was known simply as the International.
In the 1940s, the A1 was adapted for military use, becoming standard issue for British submarine crews, and in the 1950s, a black-dyed version of the International jacket became the official “uniform” of the Vincent Owners Club. The International continued to be popular on the ISDT circuit, worn by virtually every rider from the 1950s-70s including Steve McQueen. Today, the legacy lives on in the Barbour International brand:
“Barbour was, and is, the original authentic motorcycle brand. While many brands have aspired to this title, it has never been beaten.”
When Barbour International wanted a custom Triumph Scrambler for promotional purposes, they sought out one of our favorite builders, Unik Edition Custom Motorcycles of Lisbon, Portugal. Founders Tiago, Luis, and the rest of the crew have been making a name for themselves since their first build in 2016. They’ve opened a storefront in the Moscavide neighborhood of Lisbon with their workshop in the rear, where they work on their custom commissioned builds. Says Tiago:
“The entire history of Barbour was in reality the inspiration for the design of the motorcycle.”
Starting with a 2014 Triumph Scrambler, the team created the “Black & Yellow,” incorporating vintage, handmade, and urban design cues. Below, we get the details on the build, as well as some stunning photos from @we_are_balaklava.
Custom Triumph Scrambler: Builder Interview
• What’s the make, model, and year of the bike?
Triumph Scrambler 2014.
• Why was this bike built?
Barbour International, in Portugal, commissioned this work in order to be able to use the bike for promotional purposes.
• What was the design concept and what influenced the build?
Barbour is a fashion label that represents urban trends, vintage and chic. The English brand is a true reference in terms of the design, cut, and strength of its products. The clothing brand offers a selection dedicated to motorcycling — a reputation and expertise developed in 1964 when Barbour International became the official supplier of the US ISDT motorcycle team, including Steve McQueen and stuntman Bud Ekins.
The entire history of Barbour was in reality the inspiration for the design of the motorcycle:
• What custom work was done to the bike?
- New speedometer and bracket
- New brushed aluminium fenders
- Custom Paint job (tank, headlight and side covers)
- New tires
- Custom exhaust
- Shorter sub-frame
- Custom leather seat
- Vintage chrome handlebar
• Does the bike have a nickname?
Black & Yellow.
• How would you classify this bike?
• Was there anything done during this build that you are particularly proud of?
• Can you tell us what it’s like to ride the finished bike?
Loud, comfortable, and fun.
• Who is the photographer?
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