A scrambler, to my knowledge, is defined as a single cylinder motorcycle with minimal fairing. I want something along these lines: Minimal fairing, preferably a 250 engine, stylized as 80s but not actually 80s I can t be viciously hounding for refurbished parts for any repairs, and aren t looking for high cost
A scrambler, to my knowledge, is defined as a single cylinder motorcycle with minimal fairing. I want something along these lines: Minimal fairing, preferably a 250 engine, stylized as 80s but not actually 80s I can t be viciously hounding for refurbished parts for any repairs, and aren t looking for high cost high maintenance
I also intend on learning how to maintain, repair, partially rebuild, whatever bike I buy, and want it to last at least a decade before needing replacement. Dual cylinder engines acceptable. Long as it s small, light, under 500cc and my feet touch the ground.
I m not familiar with motorcycles. Mostly because the number of brands, good and garbage, jargan, slang and technical terms are staggering. Also, my mechanical knowledge is lower than my particle physics knowledge. Literally. It s kind of pathetic really. But.. yeah. Good reliable motorcycle, 80s styled, scrambler or similiar, fenders completely over the tires. Partial fenders look.. blech to me.
Dj: 'Scrambler' means a motocross (off-road) bike, not just any naked bike. By all means go for a dirt bike if you want, but in that case I'm a bit surprised that nowhere in your lengthy 'question' did you once mention the words 'off-road' or 'dirt' or 'motocross', which leads me to wonder if you're using the term 'scrambler' correctly…
If you just want a naked/roadster bike, then something like the Yamaha SR400 may be what you're after, very basic retro design (although probably more 1970s than 80s, but still).
Check out the Suzi S40- big single cylinder engine, moderate weight, decent road bike and ancestry include a dirt bike in design- the Savage, model name still used on Dual sport in some markets- 250, 400, 650 singles. Kaw makes KLR 650- good dual sport and used on street by police and military couriers. Enfield from India – 350, 500 old styles and a newer styled 535 now in American market limited numbers last year. Could start with Hoda 110 single trails model that replaced the 90, a very popular model in 1970s, 1980s.SYM makes some copies of Honda pattern- the SYM 150 I saw yesterday reminded me of 125 used in MSF and old 100 I'd fixed for girlfriend as trainer and mostly used for season as get around work and store bike to the 750/5BMW in garage couple miles from apartment–. they bought tooling and license from Honda for some models, made others for Honda as Taiwan subcontractor- about the same as Adli did for Yamaha.
A scrambler should have no fairing, was up to 650cc (parallel twin), twin shock with off-road intentions, by the 70s they were being replaced by motocross bikes with mono shock rear suspension (single shock tucked under the saddle). The SR400 is a reasonable looking bike, vastly over-priced in my opinion but will be reliable.
You can buy, relatively cheaply, not bad* facsimiles like these
*not bad is relative – these bikes are made in China, the importers apparently spend some time tarting them up and bringing them up to spec.
But it would be more rewarding to build your own from a simple CB250 that is running. Look at Bratstyle, flat tracker, desertsled all retro trends.
The old style "scrambler" bikes are now called "dual sports." Several companies make dual sport bikes, but the modern ones look more like dirt bikes. Triumph still makes an old-style Bonneville Scrambler, but it's not a 250cc bike.
It is not a Scrambler but a Rebel 250 would be a good used bike to buy as a starter and something to bastardize to your specifications. (Cheap and bulletproof and have been made for eons with little changes so plenty of parts available).
Suzuki TU250X (Although you've to "scramble" it yourself…!)
Yamaha TW200 (Chunky tire…!!!)
Suzuki DR200 (More like a dirt bike, and less like a scrambler…But then again, dirt bikes are modern scramblers, no?)
Still not convinced, eh?
Get a bloody PRIUS… You'll LOVE it…
You want a "Standard" bike. Google that term, then sort through some of those.
Read "Proficient Motorcycling" by Hough- https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=ch…
Welcome to the fray.