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Sarah Lahalih's Steampunk Leather and Wood Triumph Scrambler

If you don’t know Sarah Lahalih you’ll be thrilled to find out she’s a former boxer and racer, currently a brand ambassador for Triumph and an esteemed motorcycle instructor. And she added more to her resume recently after being involved in the creation of a bike which will take your breath away. Meet Sarah’s 2013 Triumph Scrambler in a guise you just don’t see every day, at least not unless you’re her neighbor.
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She wanted to add a hefty dose of custom work to her Scrambler, but also wanted to make it a truly unique bike with a killer head-turning factor, so she asked for the help of her friend Yoshinobu Kosaka, the man behind LA’s Garage Company. She got involved massively in designing this bike and the result is as spectacular as her career, as the machine is now packing the acclaimed Scrambler looks of the donor Triumph, mixed with steampunk and retro genes into a machine that’s truly breathtaking.

Since Sarah seemed to have a hard time choosing the color that would suit her goals the best, she went radical and decided to have the tank of the Scrambler all clad in leather, with golden embroidered badges that would match the brass trim of the various bits and pieces which would be later used. The resulting tank is stellar and luxurious, especially as the knee cutaways have also been adorned with polished brass panels.

The fork was tossed in favor of a springer front end, as Sarah wanted to transform her Scrambler into a flat tracker look-a-like. The fork received new era-correct handlebars finished in brass, just like the upper clamp holding them in place, smoke rubber grips and a retro, minimalist clutch lever. The springer fork and new wheel meant that the front brakes were ditched, stopping power now relying on the rear disc brake.

Foot controls have been relocated as the peculiar one-piece polished wood seat and rear fender assembly brought a new riding stance. The wooden seat pan received a bespoke tuck and roll leather cushion beautifully integrating with the rest of the machine. New custom flared 2-into-2 exhausts have been fabricated, and installed where the OEM ones had been, and a brass heat shield installed for leg protection.

The headlight was replaced by a retro Bates-like unit with a matching brass bezel, while instrumentation was reduced to an aircraft gauge displaying speed in mph and knots. Finally, the carb-looking fuel injection throttle bodies have been replaced by real carburetors with open conical high-performance filters for a more authentic look. Honestly, I tried to find something I don’t like about this machine, but in my books it is flawless.

 
 
 
 
 

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