Colorado’s Shaz Sedighzadeh builds a McQueen-inspired Scrambler…
Whether you have a single motorcycle or a stable, it’s nice to have that one bike that you can always count on — the one that always fires up when the rest are broken, has stuck with you through thick and thin, and almost never fails to get you home, no matter what punishment you’ve put it through. It’s your trusty steed.
For Colorado’s Shaz Sedighzadeh, that trusty steed is his 2014 Triumph Scrambler. Though the digital producer/entrepreneur has several bikes, this one is his personal favorite. He wanted to create a straight-twin scrambler that didn’t look like every other modern Triumph on the Colorado roads:
“My main idea for this build, was to get as close as I could to a minimal vintage McQueen vibe.”
He cut and welded on a new rear frame loop, banged out a seat pan, and had an upholstery shop work up a thick desert sled style seat. Up front, he wanted to keep things as flat as possible, going with a low-profile JVB Moto headlight and wide vintage-style bars. He also raised the rear about two inches, giving the bike more ground clearance for his favorite style of riding:
“It’s a fun ride for sure, especially in the perfect mix scenario: driving highway roads up to the mountains, pulling off on dirt trails to find the perfect camp spot.”
Ah, Colorado — heaven for on/off-road riding! Below, we get the full story on Shaz’s scrambler, as well as more gorgeous shots from one of the best in the business, Enrique Parrilla (@eparrillacreates).
Triumph Scrambler: Builder Interview
Please tell us a bit about yourself, your history with motorcycles, and your workshop.
Hey there, I’m Shaz. Grew up in Colorado while always tinkering in my dad’s garage. Around 20 I realized that cutting into a motorcycle frame to get funky on the aesthetics was not that scary (as opposed to working on cars, such a bigger lift, requires more tools and space)… So from then on, I’ve always loved putting a unique spin on motos of all sorts. My garage is pretty dialed in, in terms of a fun hangout spot and clean workshop. My wife wonders when she will ever be able to park a car in there.
What’s the make, model, and year of the bike?
Have a lot of bikes! But my fav, and the featured one here, is a 2014 Triumph Scrambler.
Why was this bike built?
Again, I love the creativity that comes with making a bike stand out with paint and some fine aftermarket touches. So just a personal passion project in general. But going deeper, I struggle with how many of the same exact looking Triumphs are all over the roads in Colorado. So even more of a motivation to get a nice custom look to it that turns heads.
What was the design concept and what influenced the build?
My main idea for this build, was to get as close as I could to a minimal vintage McQueen vibe. Flat headlight area to emulate a scrambler tracker number plate idea, wide bars, thick vintage feeling seat, etc. Even the classic grey against the gold logo felt good and classic to me, personally.
What custom work was done to the bike?
A good mix of custom, and snapping on some aftermarket parts. As for custom, though, obviously the seat/tail/back-fender area (which I feel really makes or breaks a bike in terms of look). That was the first move, cutting, grinding, welding, painting, etc. The minimal JVB headlight felt really good for the look I was going for. And to that point, ditching the speedo housing and adding a hidden Motogadget to keep the minimal look going. Lastly, added an inch to the rear shocks to really raise the bike up a bit.
Does the bike have a nickname?
No, it should. “Trusty Steed,” I guess, is what I’ve called it.
Can you tell us what it’s like to ride this bike?
It’s really a nice ride for road or dirt. I’ve gotten the weight down a good amount, and it stands tall. The wide bars make it really sturdy in terms of maneuverability. The seat sits high and is super comfy. It’s a fun ride for sure, especially in the perfect mix scenario: driving highway roads up to the mountains, pulling off on dirt trails to find the perfect camp spot.
Was there anything done during this build that you are particularly proud of?
I guess the one thing I would call out here…is the back hoop cutting and welding. Particularly due to having to make my own seat pan to take to the upholstery shop. It was a lot of shaping and fitting around the tank etc. And to top it off, I had to use the worst welder for this. But it turned out just swell.
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