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,
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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…
A Scrambler 1200 has all the potential of a dirt track conversion capable of matching any type of terrain.
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.
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.
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.
The Dakar exhaust repels heat to prevent burns.
High fender for greater protection, painted in Chrome 89.
Single-seater Dirt Track seat painted to match the tank colors. Fork covers for Scrambler 1200 painted in Chrome 80.
Customized front mask with the colors of the motorcycle and the number 35.
New eliminator kit that allows the rear fender to be completely removed.
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.
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.
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.
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.