Steeplechaser: Triumph 1200 XE Street Tracker

Triumph 1200 XE Street Tracker

Tamarit Motorcycles transforms a Scrambler 1200 XE… 

It’s always interesting when the custom world influences the major manufacturers. A few years ago, the factories reacted to the resurgence of the scrambler style in custom culture and began to design and produce factory scramblers, harking back to their own 60s and 70s production or racing models for inspiration. The Ducati Scrambler and Triumph Scrambler 900 were two of the earliest and most popular examples. Today,

Triumph 1200 XE Street Tracker

Of course, most of these production scramblers were heavily street-biased, with little-to-no modifications for performance off-road. To be fair to the manufacturers, many of the custom world’s scramblers score higher marks for form than function, and even the factory scramblers of the 1970s like the Honda CL series and BSA Firebird were just lightly modified streetbikes.

Triumph 1200 XE Street Tracker

Then, in 2019, Triumph unleashed something different altogether: the Scrambler 1200. We were fortunate enough to see one of the early models at the Deus Swank Rally outside Biarritz, France, where a highly-skilled female racer was ripping the long-legged 1200cc Trumpet around a motocross track like a high-flying thoroughbred racehorse. Clearly, the Triumph 1200 was no stylistic exercise, but a true on/off-road weapon with fully-adjustable Öhlins long-travel suspension. Our friends at Motor Cycle News were similarly impressed:

“On the road it can be calm, refined and give you the thrill of a sportsbike, but its ability to be a scrambler in more than just name is impressive. A serious off-road tool, the Triumph is an adventure bike that just happens to look like a retro.” –MCN

Triumph 1200 XE Street Tracker

If you’ve spent any time reading our publication, then you’ve probably come to know the name Tamarit Motorcycles. The Spanish workshop has produced more than 135 customs using the modern Triumph platform, as well as a vast arsenal of parts developed in-house. They’ve grown into the foremost name in modern Triumph customization, and we continue to be impressed as they push into new territories of style and technology.

Triumph 1200 XE Street Tracker

Tamarit has an affinity for the slightly older air-cooled Triumph models, but that didn’t stop them from laying their hands on the liquid-cooled 90-bhp “High Torque” Scrambler 1200 XE. In this case, they looked across the pond to American flat track racing for inspiration. 

Triumph 1200 XE Street Tracker

The result is a cross between a street tracker, a supermoto, and a 70s-style enduro, with a heavily shielded high exhaust, adventure tires, hand and fork guards, tracker-style tail section and saddle, custom paint, and more.

Triumph 1200 XE Street Tracker

They call the result “Tata,” their 103rd build. We call it a British-born, Spanish-bred two-wheeled steeplechaser of a machine that we’d love to have in the stable. Below, the Tamarit crew gives us a few more details about the build.

Scrambler 1200 Street Tracker: In the Builder’s Words… 

Triumph 1200 XE Street Tracker

A Scrambler 1200 has all the potential of a dirt track conversion capable of matching any type of terrain.

Triumph 1200 XE Street Tracker

For the colors of #103 Tata, we must go all the way back to motor racing in the 1920s, when countries began to be identified by colors. This led to the birth of British Racing Green, the green color by which England was identified.

Triumph 1200 XE Street Tracker

Later, the famous British motorcycle brand (Triumph) would adapt this color for its racing bikes, under the name Competition Green. This color is one of the protagonists of the Tata design, together with our Chrome 80 and the gold details.

Triumph 1200 XE Street Tracker

Federico, owner of Tata, told us that another color he wanted to predominate in the aesthetics was satin black, so the conversion of bike 103 has been completed with the customization of the engine block and fenders, both painted in satin black.

Triumph 1200 XE Street Tracker

The Dakar exhaust repels heat to prevent burns.

Triumph 1200 XE Street Tracker

High fender for greater protection, painted in Chrome 89.

Triumph 1200 XE Street Tracker

Single-seater Dirt Track seat painted to match the tank colors. Fork covers for Scrambler 1200 painted in Chrome 80.

Triumph 1200 XE Street Tracker

Customized front mask with the colors of the motorcycle and the number 35.

Triumph 1200 XE Street Tracker

New eliminator kit that allows the rear fender to be completely removed.

Fork covers for Scrambler 1200 painted in Chrome 80.

In the case of Tata, it was the customer himself who bought the bike, and we collected it from his nearest pick-up point in Menorca to start with the conversion once it arrived at our facilities.

Triumph 1200 XE Street Tracker

Tamarit motorcycles are already rolling around half the world — our bikes have no borders. Each of the projects that come out of Tamarit are made to order for our customers and prepared so that they can ride on any road without homologation problems.

Fork covers for Scrambler 1200 painted in Chrome 80.

Federico not only sent us the bike that would serve as the basis for Tata’s conversion, but also sent us his Thruxton TFC that he had in Italy, his country of origin, for homologation in Spain, where he currently resides.

Fork covers for Scrambler 1200 painted in Chrome 80.

We work with professional engineers in charge of enforcing the basic standards that allow the motorcycle to pass the tests of the country where it is going to be used.

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3 Comments

  1. Cool , if a bit tall.

  2. Chris Sanford

    I have KTMs but took a serious look at the Scrambler 1200 when it first came out as I liked the looks and build. Besides the high price (it’s not a Yamaha, Suzuki, Honda, Kawasaki or Honda) I found the high exhaust rubbed the inside of my right leg when on the pegs – and I am slightly bow-legged. I figured if it bothered me in the showroom it would be worse when hot and bouncing around off road.

  3. Mark Anderson

    I like it very much but, there are many who use the term Street Tracker way to loosely. This is one of those cases. Not even close.

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