Top 10 Scramblers and Desert Sleds of 2022

Best Scramblers 2022

Here at BikeBound, we’re big fans of scramblers, desert sleds, rally bikes, and adventure machines. So are you, our readers, as several of the machines that made our list of the Top 10 Custom Motorcycles of 2022 were built as much for dirt as tarmac, running knobby tires, skid plates, and high-mount exhausts.

We decided to follow up with a list of the most popular scramblers, dirt bikes, and desert sleds we featured this year, based on traffic and social engagement — this is the most objective ranking we could achieve. Without further ado, here are the BikeBound Top 10 Scramblers and Desert Sleds of 2022, presented in alphabetical order by builder.

• Brutal Monkey Workshop: Honda CB150

Modern CL77: Honda CB150 Scrambler

• Crispy Club: Yamaha Ténéré 700

Super Vinduro: Yamaha Ténéré 700 Heritage Kit

• Custommade C.A.: Honda Varadero 1000

The Fat Lady Sings: Honda Varadero 1000 Scrambler

• Good Times Racing: Hooligan Enduro Sportster

Desert Hooligan: “Bajarley” Sportster Enduro

• Heiwa Motorcycle: Suzuki TU250

Grass Tracker No. 008: Suzuki 250 Scrambler

• Lord Drake Kustoms: Harley Sportster 883R

“Soulbreaker 47” Sportster 883R

• Parr Motorcycles: Honda “XR680R”

Frame to Fame: Honda XR680R Scrambler

• Slipstream Creations: Honda CL350

Slipstream Creation: Honda CL350 Scrambler

• Rodando Sur: Honda XR250

Tornado 293: Honda XR250 “Pig Tracker”

• Rusty Butcher: Harley Sportster Desert Racer

Hooligan Enduro: Rusty Butcher’s Sportster Desert Sled

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