MODIFICATIONS TO MAKE A SCRAMBLER

April 04, 2024

MODIFICATIONS TO MAKE A SCRAMBLER

 Once your scrambler motorcycle project is defined and you have the motorcycle. It's time to look at the parts to change and the scrambler parts to acquire to make this motorcycle a beautiful scrambler. 

The extent of the modifications will depend on the base on which you have based your project, which can range from significant changes such as modifying the frame, replacing the front and rear wheels, improving engine performance, using spoke wheels, and suspension modifications.

 

Scrambler saddle

Choices and possibilities are wide in the context of a scrambler. The essential element here is comfort

Indeed, a scrambler is designed to go on all types of terrain. Thus, the rider must be comfortable and seated comfortably in order to fully enjoy his journey on trails or on roads

Regarding the shape, scramblers often have flat saddles, with a minimum height of 7 cm and are quite long

As for the color, most saddles are brown and black. However, it is possible to be more original depending on the theme of your preparation. 

scrambler motorcycle

 Here is a beautiful example of scrambler saddle seen on Bikeexif, the HERO KARIZMA scrambler by INDIAN BACK YARD

This preparation has all the typical elements of a scrambler. 

scrambler motorcycle seat

 

Here is one of the saddles we offer for scrambler. It is a diamond-stitched saddle that has a loop for perfect integration. 

 

Scrambler mudguard

To perfect the transformation of a simple motorcycle into an adventure motorcycle capable of off-road riding, some motocross codes must be taken into account. 

Mudguards are part of these elements. They are installed in a high position like on motocross bikes. 

This prevents the rider from getting stuck in mud or other tricky terrain while also providing protection. 

scrambler motorcycle

For robust and quality mudguards, metal mudguards are preferred, preferably aluminum for a better finish and a better product. 

 

The scrambler preparation of this Triumph by Meta(above image) illustrates the position of the mudguards well. They are high up, at a good distance from the wheel.

 

REMMOTORCYCLE offers a wide range of aluminum mudguards and we can make a custom mudguard to fit perfectly on your scrambler. 

 

 

 

Scrambler tires

Installing big chunks of rubber will change your road experience. There is no other solution. The good side of things is that wet grass and soft surfaces are now your friends. 

The wheels and tires you choose will largely define the style of your machine, as well as its behavior.

Regarding the rims, spokes are suitable in all cases, except for the rarest ones, and we prefer alloy rims to steel ones. 

As for the size of the rims, a combination of 17 at the rear and 19 at the front is perfect. 

 

A small warning: check that the tire and rim combination of your dreams matches with the fork, rear swingarm, chain, and others. To ensure the possible installation of larger tires. 

scrambler motorcycle tires

 

The Continental TKC 80 tire is an example of a scrambler tire with a nice pattern and a good reputation. 

The E804 model from Shinko is a slightly larger tire that is appreciated by builders.

Here's an example of this tire on a Ducati Scrambler:

scrambler motorcycle ducati

 This model is ideal for 40% road use 60% off-road use. 

 

 

Scrambler handlebar

To accompany a fairly high riding position, the perfect handlebar for the scrambler is a wide handlebar in the style of motocross bikes. For a retro look, you can opt for a model with a central bar like the motocross bikes of the 1970s. 

Here is an example of an ideal handlebar for a scrambler

scrambler motorcycle handlebar

A fairly wide model, with a reinforcement in the middle. 

scrambler motorcycle handlebar

Above, a cockpit of a scrambler

 

 

Scrambler headlight

For a scrambler ready to ride on all terrains, a round headlight adorned with a protective grille completes the adventurer side of the motorcycle in addition to protecting the front headlight from stone projections as it is often equipped with a glass cover. 

scrambler motorcycle

 In the Remmotorcycle shop, you will find headlights with grilles as well as the model below: An adaptable raw grille that is available in several types. 

 

 

Scrambler loop

At the rear, there is often a raised rear loop to complete the set mudguard and saddle.

This loop improves the aesthetic appearance of the rear of the scrambler.

The raised version is chosen to break the tank - seat line which can be considered too flat for some.

Moreover, a raised loop perfectly combines with a large aluminum mudguard as illustrated by this Honda CM250.  

scrambler motorcycle

 

The same combinations are found on vintage motocross bikes as well as on bratstyles

Remmotorcycle offers a wide variety of loops as well as saddle + loop sets. You can discover the products on our shop. 

 

 

Additional modifications for the scrambler motorcycle: 

Scrambler exhaust

In an outlook of crossing waterways and riding on stones, it is preferable to have an exhaust as far away from the ground as possible to avoid damage and therefore, less performance. 

This is why scramblers opt for a high exhaust. 

Similar to mudguards, this contributes to the style, to the scramblerization of the motorcycle. 

scrambler motorcycle exhaust

The exhaust of this Triumph Scrambler is in high position (see semi-high). 

The cylinder exits directly on the side to avoid being exposed to potential impacts. 

Moreover, this allows crossing fords without risking getting water into the engine. 

If you already have a high line, you can complete it with scrambler-type exhaust outlets

scrambler motorcycle exhaust

This type of exhaust often has protective plates so that the rider does not burn himself. The plates also contribute to the scrambler look. 

 

Scrambler suspensions

A motorcycle's suspensions can be improved as part of a scrambler motorcycle project

In addition to improving the motorcycle's performance, changing these components allows to increase height

A longer fork and longer shock absorbers are a plus in the off-road context. 

Of course, changing a fork is a significant job that is not within the reach of all projects and budgets. 

Moreover, this is "necessary" only on certain motorcycles. 

The further the motorcycle is from the off-road universe, the more important this will be. 

Here is a telling example, a Harley Davidson. Before the appearance of the Pan America, it was unlikely to see these motorcycles in off-road

scrambler motorcycle exhaust

This Harley is a pure success of scrambler transformation. The lines are neat and the style very present. 

It was made by Benjie of BCR who installed an inverted fork and larger rear suspensions (among other things). 

Some motorcycles have original shock absorbers of poor quality. Take advantage of a shock absorber change to select a longer version

 

 

 

Scrambler sump guard

Always with a view to protection while improving the look of the motorcycle, the sump guard is an essential accessory element in the realization of a scrambler. 

Regarding protection, it is installed under the engine and protects the front of it. It prevents significant damage that engine casings can suffer in off-road conditions. 

During a crossing or with a stone throw, the engine can be subject to damage that can be irreversible and can end your motorcycle trip.  

On some motorcycles, the oil filter is installed at the front of the engine and is likely to be hit in case of an impact. 

As for the look, the sump guards are often made of thick aluminum giving an extra adventurer style to the motorcycle.

scrambler motorcycle protection

Here is a nice example of a sump guard for Benelli 500

 

 

Scrambler fork gaiters

Here is a small item that is found on most scramblers and is one of the protective elements that contributes to the look of the motorcycle. 

The fork gaiters are rubber products fixed on the fork tubes and follow the progression of the fork. 

scrambler motorcycle

The SR500 prepared by Daniel Peter's has fork gaiters to complete its scrambler look. 

scrambler motorcycle

The gaiters protect the fork from all external impurities such as sand or dirt that can damage the fork. 

 

Other scrambler parts

After seeing the elements and parts that are part of the scrambler universe, we will be interested in other parts. 

Indeed, changing these parts is common to all types of preparation.

Among these elements, there are:

The meter: Small and simple models are generally preferred for scramblers. A small needle meter with a few indicators will be perfect for a scrambler. 

The handles: If you are building an "old school" scrambler, a pair of diamond clubman handles will go with the motorcycle. 

The rearview mirrors: For rearview mirrors, standard models are preferred where the mirror is above the handlebar. Handlebar end models are not suitable for off-road use. 

The controls: If you want to change the controls, opt for a simple and robust model. 

The turn signals: The same goes for turn signals, choose a small model to reduce the area subject to impact. 

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