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Triumph Scrambler ‘A.R.D’ – Anvil Motociclette

Posted on June 19, 2013 by Andrew in Scrambler. 23 comments

There’s nothing quite like a motorbike that has been painted matte black. Sure, these days you see the use of matte black on everything, hell, I’ve even seen a ‘murdered out’ Rolls Royce recently. But nothing beats a blacked out motorcycle, they just look tough. Add a good set of knobby tires and it instantly turns the look of the bike into something Steve McQueen would outrun Nazi’s on, or you’d find in a vintage motocross race. And that’s exactly the look these Italian brothers from Anvil Motociclette were going for. The latest bike to roll out of their Milan based shop is this rugged looking Triumph Scrambler, and they’ve done more than just add some knobby tires.

Let’s start with the basics, the donor bike is a 2006 Triumph Scrambler and in true Anvil fashion nearly everything has been painted matte black. The large stock Triumph tank has been swapped for a smaller vintage tank which is 60 years old and they found in the markets, which has been restored and painted black with silver – one of the only parts on the bike that received a different colour. The square black headlight is off a tractor and adds to the brawny look from the front.

The bikes name, ‘A.R.D’, is an abbreviation of the word Ardito, which means bold and daring. “To design the ‘A.R.D’ we took inspiration from regular bikes British, we have tried to simplify as much as possible the line of the bike” says Marco from Anvil. “We attempted to make a Triumph in a modern bike with the same charm of the past. All changes were made to make it look like a motorcycle out of an old motocross race.”

The stock Scrambler seat has been ditched for a hand made leather one – Italian leather, of course. Customised mufflers, the engine, and motocross handlebars have all been given the Anvil matte black treatment. While the handmade aluminium rear fender gives the bike another touch of silver. The tires are Continental TKC 80’s – they love the road almost as much as they love getting dirty.

To make the bike more agile, they have lowered the centre of gravity of the bike to give it a motorcross feel by replacing and lowering the rear shock absorbers and the front forks.

Before handing the bike over to the eager customer, the guys had to take it for a test ride around the roads and fields behind their workshop and straight away they knew they were successful in what they set out to achieve, creating a timeless scrambler that looks like one, but more importantly rides like one.

  • Jacob Speis

    I can dig this. It’s clean and straight forward, but there’s a lot of subtle details I didn’t notice on the first look.

  • prollyright

    Love the bike! Mmmmm square headlight 🙂 but why are there nuts welded to the tank? you bolt on your tank bag? looks cool

    • taka-tz

      That is where a little chrome rack used to rest.

      • arnold

        Seems to me the pre unit Thunderbirds had ’em.

        • taka-tz

          They did, My 64 Bonneville had one too.

  • NateK

    Chunky and cool with better attention to detail than on some other Anvil builds. I just wish that for once they could resist drilling holes in the sprocket cover…just once.

  • coldsunshine

    Looks pretty rough and tumble. Pipe wrap up in the tree is funny; too much of a fashion statement.

    • They’re from Milan. They live in one big fashion statement.

    • I think that’s old school friction tape – what desert racers would wrap the upper fork legs between the clamps with to keep them from getting dinged. I used to do this with mx bikes. Saves seals from getting cut from nicks when installing new ones. Lots of old photos of desert racers show this detail. A nice old school look.

      • coldsunshine

        Ah, my mistake.

        • taka-tz

          Without fork boots, the wrap is funny, and is, just a fashion statement.

          • coldsunshine

            I was just thinking that. What’s the point of protecting the upper forks if the lower fork is going to be beat to heck? Wasn’t that what the boots were invented for? But I’ve also seen the boots without the tape, so whatever, man.

  • nathan

    nice build, like the vibe. did they use jb weld to put those nuts on the tank though? a little filing goes a long ways, guys. overall great job though.

  • revdub

    I love this. The tank and exposed backbone look mean. The square headlight makes the front end. Very cool bike.

    • nathas909

      Yeh I wonder why bikes always got stuck on round lights for this style custom, the square one just fits perfect.

  • Fast2Furious

    Great build particularly like how they went old school on the huge gap between the seat and tank and with a wing nut to snag the family jewels on – very nice.

  • arnold

    Although this bike ticks many of the right boxes to the positive, I have ridden mine offroad (inadvertently) more than several times and found it to be a sloggy piggy. Off pavement, sure I’m all in on that, off road not so much.

    On the other hand nothing but good can come from riding Triumphs in the dirt:

    Nice bike Anvil.ald

  • AndrewF

    I’m suprised by overwhelmingly positive reaction here – I did not see a single change I would consider an improvement. I don’t like the tank, or square headlight… if they were aiming for ‘charm of the past’, as far as I’m concerned they failed. Either that, or the past wasn’t actually quite as charming as we would like to think.

    • Sproggy

      I agree – shocking welding on the headlight bracket, lumps and bumps in the tank finish, unsecured wiring to the switches on the bars, crooked licence plate bracket. Then there’s the style issues – seat angle looks wrong, ugly exposed spine frame between tank and seat, square headlight ???

      I can usually appreciate just about any bike on here even if it’s not to my taste but this one I wouldn’t be happy to see role out of my garage in that state. And if I was a customer paying for it…….

      Looks more like a back-street-built rat bike than the product of a professional shop IMO.

  • OldDaytona200mechanic

    That’s a relatively heavy, low powered bike to turn into a late ’60s scrambler wannabe. But I’ve certainly seen much worse paraded on this site.

  • caste

    I’m not fond of the way the seat and tank sit, makes the bike look like an old mare with a broken back

  • pietro

    not too sure about this one. got to appriciate the work done, but that space between seat and tank is ugly, and with the nut there too, you can say bye to the scrotum before riding.