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2010 Triumph Scrambler


Posted on July 2, 2011 by Scott in Scrambler. 25 comments

If there was ever a remake of ‘The Great Escape’ (God forbid), I think we’ve found the perfect bike for that famous fence jump. Built by a brand spanking new motorcycle shop in Costa Mesa California called RTL Moto. They specialize in vintage European bikes and describe their work as “Mad Max-style customisation”, which sounds pretty damn good to us. This is their inaugural project and we are honored they sent Pipeburn the very first shots. The Triumph belongs to a customer named Jeremy and his brief was pretty straight forward. “He plans on doing a lot of travel next year and he asked us to build him a vintage-looking bike that he could ride off-road” says Chris Lisk from RTL Moto.

The bike is a 2010 Triumph Scrambler with a high performance and great-sounding Arrow 2 into 1 exhaust. “Jeremy really liked the look of the retro Triumph. We decided to go with the scrambler because of the wheel base.” It also has ProTaper handle bars with custom mounts, Custom 50 gallon calibre World War Two ammo box attached to the left side, Continental twinduro tires, Works Performance suspension and multiple powdercoated parts.

The paint job sur einteresting, and it’s one we haven’t seen before. It’s painted in army green Custom Line-x wrinkle coat paint. Line-x is a spray-on polyurethane which is usually used as a protective coating in the bed lining of trucks. “I experimented with the paint a year ago on my own 2006 dyna street bob and I love it. Very low maintenance and very durable,” Chris tells us.

This scrambler looks amazing and that unusual choice of paint just works so well with the overall vintage military theme. If this is RTL Moto’s first bike, then we look forward to seing their number two (err, that doesn’t sound good). We also look forward to seeing video of Jeremy recreating the ‘Great Escape‘ jump on his new ride. Happy landings.

PS. If you want to hear the bark from those Arrow 2-in-1 pipes, you can listen to them here on another Triumph.








  • kenoath

    Shit yea, Not as customised as some of the bikes on here but they are so sick fresh off the showroom floor.

    • Gary Brompton

      I love English. One missing word can change a phrase’s entire meaning. I’m sure what you meant to say was “fart all over with this bike,” but I chuckled anyway. In fact, I chuckled so hard… well, you’ve heard of a shart, haven’t you? 🙂

  • jack

    "If there was ever a remake of 'The Great Escape' (God forbid), I think we've found the perfect bike for that famous fence jump"

    Sacrilege! haha, kidding.

    Compared to the old trophies these things are probably about 60-70 kgs heavier, which is weird to me as so much innovation has been made in the motorcycle industry to lighten these things up, i dont know why triumph would put out a 500 pound scrambler (but i guess it works pretty damn well considering the footage we've all seen of the hammerhead jack pine).

    i love this bike, the new exhuast pipes improves the performance as well as the looks of the stock pipes. also is that rack on the back a stock item?

  • AlwaysOnTwo

    I'd suggest trying to recreate that fence-jump with the ammo can empty! Ditch that low hanging/heavy metal ammo can and it'd be a perfect scrambler build. Kinda like hangin leather bags on stretched pro-street GXSR, pointless. Whether the paint is on for reasons of matching the military style build or not, it's sweet. Though I imagine if a good dose of mud and whatnot gets left on long enough to dry, it would be a job for a pressure washer to get clean. Then again, that truck liner epoxy is formulated to take the abuse, so kudos on a brave choice. 9 out of 10.

  • Dan Larson

    The solo seat with luggage rack is an item from the Triumph accessories catalog.

    The bike looks great. I'm looking for used used scrambler to do something similar with. Can't afford a Jack Pine but these bikes are inspiring and take us back to the roots of riding – getting out and having fun whatever the road (or non road) conditions are.

  • It has that classic Military look to it, I really like it.

  • dannyb278

    Nice, but it should read "50 caliber" ammo can, not 50 gallon. A fifty gallon can on the side of a bike would be a bit much dont you think?

  • Andrew

    @dannyb278 Fixed. Damn weird-ass imperial. You guys should try metric – it's a lot easier…

  • cam

    bike is so rad! i'm not feelin the ammo box but i can see its practicality

  • dannyb278

    Really like it. That paint sure is an origional idea. looks really good.

  • sicficty

    I would love to fart all over this bike, it looks super fun! RTL is awesome, the guys are rad and they do great work.

  • Frank
  • Stats

    My brother put ammo cans on his bike for a little while, but the metal on them is super thin and and they bent and cracked really easily. I hope these guys found a more stable way to mount it, such that there's not too much stress on the sheet metal.

  • Frank

    Are the exhaust manifolds mounted the wrong way? Or are they customized?

  • BA Moto

    Headers are on the wrong way. Maybe RTL should read the instructions before doing a press release. Just saying…

  • The headers are reversed.
    I used LineX on the saddlebag lids on my `94 R1100RSA.[img]http://panthercity.net/BMW/Saddlebags.jpg[/img] They had plenty of scuffs and scratches after 16,000 miles. Now they don't show any!

  • ridge_runner`123

    WOW! The Green looks terrible….why would you change the Matte Khaki to that garbage?

    and, I think you need to find a qualified mechanic, the header is installed WRONG!

    Nice try, but FAIL!

  • SF

    We decided we like the look of the headers reversed better than they are intended crossed over each other. They are only reversed at the Y and it will not affect engine performance or reliability. The mechanic IS in fact qualified, having gone through Triumph technical training with Shell Barr, and was Lead Tech/Service Manager at a Triumph dealer. The Line-X was used because we like it and the customer intends to beat the crap out of this bike cross-country. It's easier to just re-do and not have to worry about the perfection of paint, that will just again get wrecked. BTW, if we always "followed the instructions", every bike would still be stock. Just sayin…

  • 10 Bones

    Nice motorcycle. When the day comes that you need to fill out an application for any of these knuckleheads to approve your ideas then you'll need worry about what they think. Until then, do as you please. Powdercoat it Paris Hilton pink if you like.

    Line-X and Rhino Lining have been used in some of the oddest applications over the years. Guitar speaker cabinettes for touring musicians comes to mind, so does solvent tanks we built in the 90s for rebuilding a certain type of engine. I used it on the exposed firewall of a VW Baja Bug as well. And the back portion of a motorcycle fuekl tank in black, it resembled knee rubbers when it was done.

    My own rule of thumb is: The more resistance I get to a design idea from the all knowing public the more I am convinved I am on the right track. It takes nards to place a personal creation ~out there~ in the gunsights of the anonymous e-critics of Earth. Good job, ace!

    Ride on, green Triumph man ….

    10 Bones …

    (forgive mispellings .. can't find my glasses! .. how ironic …"It's not fair … there was TIME NOW! ARGGG!!! Haahaa!)

  • Nomad

    Yep! I agree. Anytime the general public and/or certain members of, don't like something I ALWAYS know I'm on the right track. Motorcycles like this were not meant for everybody. Only a select few, that think outside the box. I remember an old saying that used to be on a old guys coffee mug in one of the motorcycle shops I use to work at. "Real Men Don't Need Instructions." Nice work RTL MOTO! Your right on track!!

  • nibs

    I like it! Thats all we need to know. 🙂

  • Scrambler

    It's just not that original….

    I mean big deal you throw on an Arrow exhaust and some triumph OEM accessories a new handlebar some TKC's and a little suspension work and you call that a "build". It's pretty much how every Scrambler on ADV or Triumphrat looks sans the crappy paint job. I would be willing to be this beast doesn't see anything rougher than a forest road. But, please prove me wrong and post some links to some off roading. Must be a midget going to ride that thing. How in the hell could you stand up with those flat track bars. I question the intended purpose of creating an offroad machine that will be beat to hell and back. This looks like a "build" from some Harley Davidson guy.

  • McCrash

    That's a 40mm ammo can. For a MK19 grenade launcher. It is one of the largest ammo cans available. 50cal cans are about 1/3 the size of not smaller. 40mm cans are hard to come by compared to the typical lunchbox sized ones that 50cal on down ammo comes in. Just some info from an old Jarhead.

  • G

    is this used in the mexican army?

  • Terry Ruddy

    First of, yes it looks great, this was really nicely done. However the Triumph twins are a big lump and no real way to lose much weight after you dump the exhaust. The Scrambler makes the least power of the twins, which can be fixed but with those tires more power would be scary anyway. If you have to make an off-road Scrambler this could easily one of the better ones but I would think your time on the pavement would not be very satisfying unless it’s about the pose and not the ride. Regardless, and I know you need no one’s validation, beautiful bike, lovely work, just not my cup of tea so to speak.