This Bultaco-Inspired Custom Triumph Scrambler Was a Gift From Father to Son

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Photo: BAAK Motocyclettes
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France is a country teeming with top-tier custom bike shops, among which you’ll find BAAK Motocyclettes from Lyon. The work of Remi Reguin and his team has left us speechless on many different occasions, because they’re never content with simply creating a run-of-the-mill project. Pictured below is a custom showstopper sure to prove our point, one which BAAK had worked on back in 2018.
The build was commissioned by a Swiss client named Thierry, who sought to treat his son Nelson to one hell of a present. Bonding over their shared passion for motorcycling, the two often ride together across Switzerland surrounded by beautiful scenery. To be honest, that alone makes their father-and-son relationship sound pretty damn awesome, and it's what eventually led to the modified Triumph Scrambler shown above.

With a 2016 model acting as the project’s basis, BAAK’s specialists were asked to include a pinch of visual Bultaco charm to the whole affair. Thierry is extremely fond of the Spanish brand’s vintage trials bikes, and Remi just so happened to be a big fan of the marque, as well. Both of them are Bultaco owners, so finding common ground on this Triumph-based conversion didn’t take long at all.

Following a customary teardown, the Scrambler saw its factory suspension goodies removed in favor of aftermarket alternatives. Upside-down forks are now present at the front, complemented by a premium pair of piggyback shock absorbers on the other end. All this hardware was sourced from Ohlins’ catalog, and it’s sure to get the motorcycle handling like a charm. The shop’s next port of call was the footwear department.

Remi and his crew did away with the stock wheels, making room for aluminum Excel items embraced by dual-purpose TKC 80 rubber from Continental. For improved stopping power at twelve o’clock, they installed a full suite of high-grade Beringer components, including a new disc, caliper, and master cylinder. By contrast, the engine-related work was fairly straightforward, simply involving the installation of a custom exhaust.

Custom Triumph Scrambler
Photo: BAAK Motocyclettes
The high-mounted pipework features heat-wrapped headers made of stainless-steel, with an additional heat shield keeping temperatures in check near the rider’s leg. Ultimately, the exhaust system terminates in a pair of cylindrical aluminum silencers manufactured from scratch. BAAK’s custom treatment went a lot further when it came to the bodywork, as the only stock garment they ended up keeping was the Scrambler’s gas tank. Bespoke overalls are the name of the game elsewhere.

We come across a new high-mounted fender at the front, sitting right beneath a billet aluminum lower triple clamp. In addition, a second mudguard is attached to the subframe tubing on the other end, with a Bates-style taillight and a fresh license plate bracket fitted at its rearmost tip. The fender is flanked by aftermarket LED turn signals a bit further ahead, sitting relatively close to the upper shock mounts.

Up top, one may find a stunning custom seat enveloped in black leather upholstery, whose front section is flanked by alloy side covers fabricated in-house. Peek lower down, and you’ll spot serrated rider and pillion foot pegs finishing off the rear half of this machine. In case Nelson decides to go off-roading, BAAK installed an off-the-shelf skid plate to keep the engine’s underside out of harm’s way.

Custom Triumph Scrambler
Photo: BAAK Motocyclettes
At the front end, we’re greeted by a handmade plate acting as some sort of support for the headlamp. Furthermore, the headlight itself is a 5.75-inch Bates module mounted right ahead of a Motogadget Motoscope Tiny speedo. Aluminum fork guards are also present down low, while the cockpit area is home to a low-profile handlebar perched on new risers.

An underslung rear-view mirror can be seen on the left-hand side, but the front blinkers are attached to the frame tubing lower down. BAAK relocated the Scrambler’s ignition, placing it in between the fuel tank and exhaust heat shield before also moving the rectifier to a more appropriate location. With all these mods ticked off the list, it was time for Remi’s experts to take care of the paint job.

This is where the Bultaco influence really took the spotlight, with a fuel tank livery combining a red base and patches of silver on the sides. Black is the predominant color used elsewhere, but parts such as the fenders, side covers, and exhaust mufflers were all left unpainted. Bringing things full circle are stylish tank graphics which depict the BAAK Motocyclettes logo left and right.

We reckon Thierry must’ve been delighted with how the project turned out, though his excitement is unlikely to have matched his son’s. Nelson can be sure that he owns one of the raddest Triumph Scramblers in existence, all thanks to his loving father and the bike-building artisans over at BAAK. The French workshop never fails to deliver something outstanding, so we’re not too surprised to see them knock it out of the park once again.
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About the author: Silvian Secara
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A bit of an artist himself, Silvian sees two- and four-wheeled machines as a form of art, especially restomods and custom rides. Oh, and if you come across a cafe racer article on our website, it’s most likely his doing.
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