Our Top 5 Triumph Scrambler Builds

Over the years, British Customs has built many "scramblers." Sometimes we start with a Triumph "factory" Scrambler, either the air cooled Triumph Scrambler or the liquid cooled Triumph Street Scrambler. Other times we've started with a Bonneville or Street Twin and converted it to the "scrambler" style. Either way, the objective is the same; to build a bike that was made for the road into a bike you can take anywhere.


Before we jump into the list of our Top 5 Scrambler Builds, let's define what a "Scrambler" is. This can be a highly polarizing topic! Since we are focused exclusively on Triumph Modern Classics, we will loosely consider a bike to be a "Scrambler" when it has the following:


    1. Bench Seat
    2. Performance Pipes
    3. High Fenders
    4. Knobby Tires


This is a rule of thumb (we break the rules ourselves) but it lays down a basic set of criteria when evaluating each build in this article. For more history on where this style came from, see this article on early hare scrambles.

1. Street Twin Desert Sled

This Street Twin was built for a trip to Joshua Tree, CA for last years Nowhere Moto Show. The build has a Desert Sled flair inspired by classic 60s Sleds rode by legends like Eddie Mulder, Bud Ekins, and Steve McQueen. Read more on this build here.

2. Scrambler EFI aka The Dirt Bike v2

Our trusty 2012 Triumph Scrambler has seen every type of terrain we could throw at it. Seen here freshly rebuilt for the 2018 One Moto Show and ready to tackle the logging roads of northwest Oregon. Read more on this build here.

3. Ken's Street Scrambler

Longtime BC employee and lifelong Triumph enthusiast, Ken (he has 10+ Triumphs new and old), purchased this Street Scrambler in 2017. He recently bought a home in Arizona and wanted something for his new commute. Read more on this build here.

4. Chippa Wilson's Bonneville Beach Sled

When Pro Surfer Chippa Wilson reached out to us about doing a build together, we jump at the chance. This "Beach Sled" is a purpose built bike for Chippa's surf & turf lifestyle. It even has a detachable surf rack. Read more on this build here.

5. Street Twin Scrambler v2

This 2016 Street Twin was one of the first off the factory assembly line. We ripped it apart, R&D'd parts, and built it up a couple times. This ADV-inspired Scrambler build is our favorite iteration yet! And easily done! Read more on this build here.

Whether you agree with these choices or not (opinions were varied at our shop), hopefully we can all agree that the "Scrambler" style fits a Triumph like a tailored suit. Leave a comment below with your thoughts.

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Manman - August 14, 2019

When are the 1200XE upgrades available? Exhaust, tail tidy, etc. thanks

Kevin Pak - August 7, 2019

Hey guys !

Thanks for all the feedback and comments. To address some of the questions/inquiries, please see below:

• Scrambler 1200 Exhausts:
We have Shotgun’s releasing very soon (we’re hoping 3-4 weeks from now). The headers are different from the Street Scrambler so keep that in mind in case you’re looking at buying the Shotgun’s or Competition Headers (H-pipe) for the SS

• 2 into 1 Exhausts:
We already have several 2-1 Full Systems on our website for both Air Cooled & Liquid Cooled but we still need further testing for the Scrambler 1200 model as each exhaust is tested and made specifically for the model

• Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 build with Malle
For this build, we made slip-on pipes, used our Mule Tracker handlebars and redesigned our Foot Peg Kits to fit. More information will be released via email and social shortly


Michael Tittl - July 28, 2019

… pleeease work a 2on1, or whatever lighter slip-on for the T Scr 1200 XE…the bike is awesome with a huge aftermarked potential…cheers

Andrew Harrison - July 5, 2019

+1 on any mods for the new 1200XE: alternate plate placement, tail tidy, exhaust, signals

Andrew Robert Sager - June 1, 2019

Hi guys just seen your work on the awesome
Malle royale royal enfield , what are the exact
Parts used and prices please looks amazing
Cheers andy

Ron Johannes - April 29, 2019

looking for exhaust related items for 1200XE scrambler

Don - April 29, 2019

I wanted to know more about the street scrambler build but there’s no details on the blog post about the build at all, just more photos

Gary KRomrei - April 28, 2019

I will forward pic. of custom Triumph I have in mind. Regards, Gary

DezynGuy - April 25, 2019

+1 on any mods for the new 1200XE: alternate plate placement, tail tidy, exhaust, signals

Collin Singleton - April 20, 2019

Great ‘real-world’ page and options… Much superior to the lacklustre factory (meagre) options.
In fact, your images will sit -well with the more informed and experienced Triumph owner /rider

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